Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model & More: Weekend Grab Bag

Shredderz, I can’t lie: it has been some time since I last offered up an entry of our Weekend Grab Bag series. But better late than never, right? Today we’ve got an eclectic group of vintage surfboards. Per Grab Bag rules, all boards must be currently listed for sale as of the time the post is published. Keep scrolling for more, starting with a sweet Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model.

Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model (eBay)

You want logos? We’ve got you covered. Pictured above is an Echo Beach era Wave Tools thruster. To exactly no one’s surprise, the board is practically drowning in awesome, oversized laminates — how sick are the ones on the rails? — and a loud herringbone pattern paint job. Parker’s Jack of Spades personal logo is all time. I’m also intrigued by the outline. The pronounced wings make it look like a more aggressive predecessor to the bump squash tail thrusters that were popular in the Eighties. If I’m not mistaken, the board is only 5’2″, but that hasn’t put a damper on the bidding. As of the time the post was written, the board was already at $640, despite needing a decent amount of work. The photo at the top of the page features Parker on a different but similarly colorful Lance Collins design; photo is by Mike Moir.

Surfing’s New Image Aipa Sting by Rick Hamon (eBay)

I’ve long had a fascination with the stings Rick Hamon shaped under the SNI / Aipa label. The one you see above is a nice and clean example. I think the price is quite high, but hey, it’s a lovely board and the seller provided some great pics, too. The seller dates the board to 1974 and the board is 7’4″. Love the airbrush colors and the pin line.

Gordon & Smith Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model (eBay)

Last but not least we have a very cool G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model in mostly original condition. Like the SNI / Aipa sting above, I think the price is on the high side, but it’s a very cool older board. I hesitate to even link to this older post I wrote, but it contains some decent info on the Farrelly’s various collaborations with Gordon & Smith. The board is 9’10”, and according to the seller it was likely shaped in either 1966 or 1967. I am guessing the G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model was shaped right before the Transition Era took off. The seller believes it was likely shaped by either Mike Eaton or Skip Frye. Those are interesting theories for sure, but I don’t know enough about G&S history to weigh in one way or another.

Vintage Wave Tools Surfboards Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! For those of you unfamiliar with Sagas of Shred, it is a weekly series — every Thursday night, California time — that features a new vintage surf ad. Well, I guess the ads are technically old, but you catch my drift. Today’s post actually features an ad that you can already find online. I first saw this vintage Wave Tools Surfboards ad on Board Collector. I decided to re-scan the ad and upload a higher quality image because it’s a real doozy.

As you can see in the image, the ad features Lance Collins, founder and head shaper of the Wave Tools brand, and then team riders Jeff Parker, Preston Murray and Steve Richardson. The Wave Tools Surfboads ad originally ran in the August 1980 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol. 21, No. 8). I was surprised to see the date on this ad, as it originally ran a few years earlier than I would have guessed. Traditionally Surfer Magazine’s dates are a bit ahead, meaning that the August 1980 issue was likely sold sometime around May or June 1980. In turn I would guess the team photo was taken in early 1980 at the absolute latest.

You’ll notice that four out of the five boards featured in the Wave Tools ads are twin fins, and the jury is out on the one on the far right. I’d be willing to bet it’s a twinny as well, but unfortunately the deck is facing up. Well, I shouldn’t say unfortunately, because we’re treated to a shot of the amazing flouro gradient spray / checkerboard combo, which was an Echo Beach staple during the Eighties. Murray’s board — second from right, with the brick motif — is also a doozy. I’m not sure what the brick wall signifies, but you can also see it in the background of the ad itself. I also really dig the stripes on the twin fin to the far left. While everyone equates the Eighties with thrusters, it’s fascinating to see an ad that pre-dates Simon Anderson’s invention, during the last days of the twin fin’s dominance.

As always, thanks for taking the time to reach this post, and we’ll have even more Sagas of Shred for you next Thursday night!