Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s the rare two-fer (check out the earlier post I just finished on the soon to be concluded California Gold Surf Auction.) But Thursday night means it’s time for more Sagas of Shred, the series where I scan a new (old) surf ad every week.
Today we have notorious Hawaiian power surfer Johnny Boy Gomes, who was a feared enforcer in Hawaiian lineups. This ad cracks me up, bad spelling and all. I’m also a little confused by the dual “Life’s a Beach” and “Bad Boy” branding — these labels have two very different vibes going on.
Any post about Hawaiian power surfers wouldn’t be complete without mention of Sunny Garcia, who is currently battling a serious health issue. We wish Garcia and his family the best in this difficult time.
Thanks for reading and hit us back next week for more vintage surf ads!
And here we are with another edition of Dumpster Diving, featuring some really cheap surfboards that are available for your viewing pleasure!
This board is a Johnny Boy Gomes signature model, made by famous Hawaiian brand Town & Country Surfboards. You can find it on Craigslist in Santa Monica, and per the rigorous regulations of our Dumpster Diving feature, the board clocks in at well under the $100 threshold – a mere $68 will take this home.
The bad news: the board isn’t in great condition. It’s got a lot of discoloration on the deck and a ton of pressure dings. There are no pictures of the tail that show it in detail, so there might be some more problems there.
But anyway, this board is a decent deal. The 90s have yet to really come back in style but this is a definite homage to that era, given the T&C brand and Johnny Boy, who faded from surf industry prominence shortly afterwards. I’m having a hard time figuring out who might have shaped it and what the letters on the board indicate. I’m wondering if the signature before the measurements would be “JJ”, for Jeff Johnston, who was a longtime shaper for T&C. The dims of the board are 6′6″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 7/16″, which sounds about right for mid 90s high performance sleds.
Check it out on Craigslist here, and for a bonus, here’s a shot of Johnny Boy putting one of his signature boards to good use: