Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a selection of social media posts from the last month or so.
I’ve long held a fascination with the crossover of Australian and Hawaiian surfers and shapers, and this is one of the best I have seen yet. I love the contrast of styles here: Wayne Lynch‘s cool reserve and Larry Bertlemann’s brash style. Also, Larry’s wetsuit vest is absolutely killer.
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Here is a vintage 60s Greg Noll Surfboard designed and shaped in Hawaii by Ben Aipa!! This board is unrestored and in all original condition. 🌊🌊🌊🤙🤙🤙💦 . . . . . #vintagesurfboards #vintagesurf #surfing #surfboard #townandcountrysurfboards #glennminami #larrybertlemann #donaldtakayama #surfboards #vintagesurfing #80ssurf #townandcountry #townandcountrysurf #townandcountrysurfdesigns #surf #deweywebersurfboards #pacificocean #atlanticocean #roryrussell #lightningbolt #lightningboltsurfboards #gerrylopez #benaipa #aipasurfboards
I love Aipa and his signature sting, but one of his less-heralded models is the Transition Era single fin he made for Greg Noll’s Surfcenter shop in Hawaii. You don’t see these every day, and I love the sideways logo as well as the subtle blue resin pin lines on the deck. The photo at the top of the page was taken from a recent USVSA auction for a similar board, which you can see here.
Dick Brewer needs no introduction. I really dig this super rare board, one of the few surviving samples of his early Lahaina Surf Designs label (yes, the acronym is intentional). Make sure you scroll through the pics for a close up of the trippy logo.
Nothing too crazy here: just a super clean and lovely example of a classic Sixties longboard, the Rick Surfboards Dru Harrison Improvisor Model. I love the bright blue high density foam stringer and the matching glass on fin. They don’t make ’em like they used to!
Last but not least, here’s a gorgeous T&C Surf Designs sting from the Seventies. Not sure who shaped this bad boy, but it’s stunning. I think there’s a chance it may have been restored, judging from the impeccable condition, but either way you can’t go wrong with this one. I’ve said it before, but even though the Eighties T&C thrusters with the neon sprays are the most collectible vintage boards from the label, I just might like the Seventies single fins even more. In particular, I’m a sucker for that huge, clean old school yin yang logo.
As always, thanks for checking out the blog, and stay tuned for even more vintage surfboard goodness!