Shawn Stussy Twin Fin

Here’s a little Shred Sledz trivia for you: any time I see a rad Stussy board posted for sale online, I have to write about it. (For another awesome Stussy board, check out this thruster he made for Michael Tomson, the founder and CEO of Gotcha.) Sorry, those are the rules, and I’m afraid there are no exceptions. Recently I saw this super rad Stussy twin fin pop up for sale on Craigslist in Orange County. You can find the listing for the board here. All pics in the post are via Craigslist and the board is not mine.

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I’ve made no secret of my admiration for Stussy’s surfboards, and the board above hopefully makes it clear why I go so crazy over these shapes. The Stussy twin fin has all the bells and whistles you could want out of one of these boards. It measures in at a tidy 5’8″ x 20″ x 2 3/4″, and the serial number is 703. The board isn’t dated but I would guess somewhere in the early to mid Eighties. First, I absolutely love the airbrush. Generally speaking, if it was made in the Eighties and it has bright colors, I’m game. That said, Stussy’s boards from this era might fit into the overall aesthetic of the decade, but from an artistic standpoint, Stussy’s airbrushes are light years ahead of the standard fluoro spray job. It may sound obvious, stupid even, but the dude is a true artist, and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Stussy’s boards are pieces of art.

Aside from the airbrush on the deck, there are a ton of other aesthetic flourishes on the Stussy twin fin that I can’t get enough of. First, I love the fact the Stussy logo has different colors on the deck and the bottom. The seller hasn’t provided great pics of the little laminates throughout the board, but you can see a small “Equipment for the Modern Age” hit on the bottom, just beneath the main logo. I also spy some artwork on the glass on fins, but I can’t tell what they are. I’ve said it many times before, but one of my favorite things about Stussy boards is how small logos and pieces of hand drawn artwork are scattered throughout.

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Picture from a different Stussy thruster that was listed for sale on eBay a while back. I love the logos on the glass on fins.

The Stussy twin fin featured here is pretty well preserved, but there are some things worth mentioning. You can see there’s a big delam spot on the deck near the tail, to the left of the stringer. The bottom has a bunch of little nicks and dings on it, too. More than anything else, I just can’t believe that whoever owned this thing didn’t take better care of it. It’s like the Indiana Jones line whenever he sees a priceless artifact in the wrong hands: “It belongs in a museum!” The seller is asking $500 for the board. Perhaps this says more about my love for Stussy boards than anything else, but I don’t think that price is crazy. If this board were in better condition — a big if, I know — I could see it fetching multiples of that price. But it’s not, and fixing this thing up would require a decent amount of work. Either way, it’s a beautiful board, and I hope it finds a happy new home.

Check out the Stussy twin fin for sale on Craigslist here.

Shawn Stussy Thruster for Michael Tomson of Gotcha

Greetings, Shredderz! The board I’m writing up today is one of the coolest I have ever seen. By now some readers might know that Shawn Stussy is a favorite of this humble vintage surfboard blog. Stussy’s Eighties thrusters are likely his most popular shapes, and for good reason. But what makes this Shawn Stussy thruster special is the fact it was shaped for none other than Gotcha founder Michael Tomson.

First and foremost, a big shout out to Rob, who owns the board above, for sharing the photos you see in this post. He’s on Instagram here.

Anyway, back to the board in question. By now we all know Shawn Stussy’s legacy as a renowned surfboard shaper and an early streetwear pioneer. But early on, Michael Tomson looked to be on the exact same trajectory, having transitioned from a pro surfing career to founding Gotcha, which was one of the hottest labels in surfing during its heyday. It’s also worth noting that Tomson ripped.

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MT charging Pipeline, as featured in a Gotcha ad. I believe this ad was likely from the mid Nineties or so, given the logo. Photo via Adventure Sports Network

Sadly, Gotcha no longer exists today, but at one point the label was producing some truly interesting work, including the legendary “If you don’t surf…don’t start” ad campaign. More importantly, Gotcha’s early logo was actually designed by Shawn Stussy!

As you can see from the Instagram post above, Stussy and Tomson’s history goes back to the early Eighties. This isn’t totally surprising, given Stussy’s Laguna Beach roots, which also was home to Gotcha’s offices.

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Example of another Gotcha ad, this one plucked from Tomson’s own website. My guess is this ad was late Eighties / early Nineties but I’m not sure.

Befitting Gotcha’s raw, in your face style, Tomson was one of the most outrageous characters on the surf scene at the time. Sadly, Tomson’s hard charging lifestyle has lost a considerable amount of its romance, given Gotcha’s eventual fade and a string of drug arrests that occurred well into middle age.

I love the fact this surfboard was not only shaped by Stussy, but also created for a true character who happened to be a world class surfer. And even if you don’t care about Tomson’s colorful history, well, at the end of the day, the board is still a Stussy thruster, with all the details and flourishes that make his boards so collectible.

Of course, the board wouldn’t be complete without a Gotcha logo — beneath the glass, naturally. You can also see an additional Stussy signature on the deck right above the tail.

What really gets me going are the awesome hand drawn logos found on the Stussy thruster. The planer laminate is one I don’t believe I have seen on any other Stussy boards. And how cool is that Stussy Team laminate?! That must have been the ultimate Eighties surfing street cred accessory. I love the touch of having the logo on the glass on fins, too — I wish more shapers did this nowadays.

You might be wondering what kind of psycho writes five hundred plus words about an Eighties surfboard. Well, I regret nothing, because this Stussy thruster shaped for Michael Tomson is an absolute gem. Thanks again to Rob for generously sharing the pics of the board — you can follow him on Instagram here.

 

Stussy Livin’ Stoopid Large: Sagas of Shred

If you don’t know, now you know: Shawn Stussy just might be the coolest man alive. If you’re sick and tired of this blog fawning over Stussy, well, you’ve got a point. But we’re not stopping any time soon. Pictured above is a rad vintage Stussy ad from 1990 or 1991. I scanned the vintage Stussy ad from the April 1991 issue of Surfing Magazine (Vol. 27, No. 4), but as you can see, the ad itself is dated to 1990.

Obviously, I tend to focus on Stussy’s surfboards. I love his Seventies single fins, and of course the Eighties thrusters that elevated the Echo Beach aesthetic into something way more memorable. But when it’s all said and done, Stussy will probably be best known as one of the godfathers of streetwear due to his eponymous clothing line.

The vintage Stussy ad ran in 1990 or 1991, right as the brand’s popularity was beginning to explode. Earlier in 1990 Stussy had just opened up its first standalone store in New York City. (Check out Complex’s oral history of the brand here, which is told from a fashion-centric point of view.) It’s interesting to see the ad running in Surfing Magazine, but with no reference back to Stussy’s background as a shaper, or anything to do with surf culture, really. Curiously, I have never been able to find any vintage Stussy ads in Surfer Magazine during the Eighties and Nineties. I was surprised and stoked to see this turn up in an issue of Surfing Magazine, and I understand that Stussy also ran a lot of ads in Thrasher during the Eighties, too. To me the ad catches the Stussy brand at a moment where it is in between different worlds — not quite a product of the Orange County surf industrial complex, but still dabbling in surf culture. Shawn Stussy would end up leaving his brand at the end of 1995, but it still exists today.

Needless to say, I love the hand drawn lettering and the slightly off-kilter copy. It’s nothing if not distinctive, which is only fitting considering Stussy’s legacy of being far ahead of its time.

As always, thanks for checking out Sagas of Shred, and check back in a week for even more vintage surf ads.

Shred Sledz Presents: August 6 Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to another installment of the Shred Sledz Grab Bag, where we’ll be taking a look at some boards that have recently been listed or sold around in the internet. And if you’re catching up, I’d like to recommend checking out the earlier post on Rick Surfboards. Without any further ado, here are some selections:

Two Stussy Surfboards (Craigslist and Craigslist)

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There are two Stussy surfboards for sale on Craigslist, both of which are located in New Jersey. It looks like they are being offered by separate sellers. Both of these boards are cheaper than what you might expect for Stussy boards. In the case of the board pictured above, this probably has a lot to do with the condition of the board. The board is signed by Stussy (click through to the listing for more pics), but there are numerous visible repairs and pressure dings. Check out the funny Waterman’s Guild dolphin logo! As for the second board, which also boasts a Rasta logo, it’s hard to draw any conclusions on the condition from the pictures. I emailed the seller, who claims there are no dents and dings. The board above is listed at $525, and the second board (not pictured) is offered at $500. Neither board has the over the top 80s spray jobs, but the second one seems like a pretty good deal at $500.

 

1980s Schroff Twin Fin (eBay)

This board has come and gone, so if you have an itchy trigger finger and an affinity for neon, I’m sorry to disappoint you! I thought this board was an interesting litmus test for prices around pre-Echo Beach boards. The Schroff twin fin above ended up selling for $388, which was a bit below what I had expected. This board looks like it’s barely a pre-Echo Beach shape. On one hand, with the bright colors and the multiple logos, you can see the beginnings of what would become Schroff’s signature style. On the other, the board is missing the signature Schroff black and white checkered logo, and between the beaked nose and the old-school lams, it has more of a late 70s / early 80s vibe. Personally, I love this twin fin, and I thought $388 was a steal, even considering the board had a bunch of dings. Then again, it’s clear that the market favors a certain era of Schroff boards, and this one does not fit into that description. The seller just posted another Schroff board, this time with all the 80s bells and whistles, and it’ll be interesting to note where the price ends up. For another example of a pre-Echo Beach shape, check out the earlier post on a Wave Tools single fin, which is still available for $250! Check out Board Collector for some more great shots of Schroff boards if you’re interested.

 

Hansen “The Hustler” Longboard (Craigslist)

Let’s switch gears to a classic 1960s noserider as a little palate cleanser to the go go Day Glo 80s boards featured above. This here is a Hansen “The Hustler” model noserider, clocking in at a serious 9’10”. The poster claims the board was shaped in 1967. This is somewhat supported by the old Newport Beach surfboard permit sticker that dates to 1969. You can also see the board has the old Hansen bolt through fin, which you’ll find on many Hansen boards from this era. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but info about Hansen Hustler models is scarce online. There’s another Hansen “The Hustler” noserider on sale on eBay, which is partially restored and is listed for $3,500. The board above looks all original and it is being offered at $1700. I don’t know enough about these boards to weigh in on the price, sadly. If you have more context, please drop me a line — I would love to hear from anyone with some info on this board!

 

Donald Takayama Hawaiian Pro Designs “In the Pink” Model

Pictured above is a Donald Takayama “In the Pink” 9’0″ noserider that was sold on Craigslist in San Diego a few weeks ago. The listing has since been removed. It’s an interesting board for a few reasons. First, look at the clear DT hand signature in the second to last pic, and compare the serial number with the one on the order form in the last photo. It’s a very cool look at a Takayama order form. I’m not sure when the board was made, but judging from the side bite fin boxes, it’s modern, likely made a few years before Takayama’s untimely passing in 2012.

Shred Sledz Presents: Thursday Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a collection of some rad boards that have popped up on the radar lately. Today’s post has a heavy 80s flavor to it, so if you’ve got a thing for neon, stick around and start scrolling.

Stussy Shortboard on Craigslist (San Diego)

If you don’t have a soft spot for 80s Stussy surfboards, then this is NOT the blog for you. This one has a bunch of sun damage, and the $1K price is steep, for sure, but these boards simply aren’t that easy to come by. This one has some rad artwork, and a very clear hand signature you can see in the picture above. I’d be very curious to see what this board ends up going for.

Schroff Blaster on eBay (Texas)

The 80s parade continues! This board is in excellent condition. Part of the reason why it has held its color so well is that it was apparently sprayed white. The poster claims this is one of the first 700 boards Peter Schroff shaped. I’m curious about that, given that Schroff used a standard script logo before the black and white grid logo seen above. In any case, it’s a beautiful board, and while bidding is low (<$70 now), I think you’ll see this one climb by the time the auction ends in four days.

Channel Islands / Al Merrick Tri-Plane Hull Quad Fin on Craigslist (Houston)

This one is SO close to being an exemplary collectors board. First of all, you can see that it is an Al Merrick handshape – check the clear “Al / Fish” combo signature on the listing. It also has such great logos and branding, like the “Channel Islands” script running down both rails, and then a nice “Quad Design” logo on the bottom. But you can also see where repairs were made to the board, and the nose looks blunted as a result. It’s not necessarily a terrible deal at $200, either, but man, this could have been added to the Shred Sledz Signature Collection with just a few tweaks.

Takayama Funshape Thruster on Craigslist (San Diego)

This is kind of a funky Takayama board. I’m not sure what model it is, exactly, which is part of the mystery. And check out the logo on the bottom, which is not one you see every day. If you click through to the listing you can see that it has DT’s signature in pencil on the blank itself, meaning it’s not one of the newer boards where his signature has just been stamped on. Board is listed at $890.

Friday Round Up

Hope this weekend is bringing the global Shredderz community some tasty waves. In the meantime, we’re experimenting with a new format. Instead of going super deep on specific boards and shapers, we’ll be presenting a grab bag of cool boards you can currently find for sale online.

Takayama 7′0″ egg on Craigslist (San Diego)

Not cheap at $1200, but it’s in great condition and has a cool acid paint job on the deck. It’s hard to see the signature but it looks right to me. Looks like a 90s Donald hand shape, and it has some cool egg logos to boot.

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Stussy Shortboard on eBay

Don’t be fooled by the initial picture – this thing is trashed, and it’s in pretty sorry condition. But hey, it’s always a delight to come across these boards. It’s currently <$200, so it could even be a rescue project for the right person. The only downside of looking at boards like this one is getting worked up over the fact no one took better care of it…but I digress.

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Greg Noll board on Craigslist (Florida)

This one is priced fairly, which is to say, out of the price range for what Shred Sledz pays its overworked and underappreciated employees. Then again, they don’t come up for sale very often, so check it out before it moves into some weirdo collector’s giant air-sealed garage.

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W.A.V.E. hollow board on Craigslist (New York)

I’ve written about these boards before, and they are a real trip. W.A.V.E. boards were created by Tom Morey and Karl Pope back in the 70s, and they featured a hollow, chambered design. This one looks to be in great condition, and it also has a gorgeous example of a 70s rainbow fin, which you can see in the pic below. It’s not cheap at $500, but oh well.

Beat Up Shawn Stussy Thruster

This thing isn’t gonna win any beauty pageants any time soon, but it is a genuine vintage Shawn Stussy board – signatures and all – available for $250.

You can find it here, on Craigslist in Broward County, Florida. Shout out to the poster for acknowledging that prices for Stussy boards are going nuts, and still offering this one at something reasonable, considering the market.

The same board was at one point being offered on eBay, but that listing has been taken down, which makes me wonder if the board has been sold already.

In any case, 80s Stussy boards are no joke! You can see this one sold for $2,100 on eBay, even with that unsightly area near the fins. A twin fin went for above $2,000 also on eBay, although it looked to be in pretty good condition. All things said and done, $250 for a genuine Shawn Stussy shape, even with this amount of discoloration, seems fair to me. Although I just looked at the board again and man, this thing has seen better days…

Check it out here, and hopefully you can still snag the board if it’s available.

80s Legend Shawn Stussy

For all you dedicated Shred Sledz readers – hi, Mom! – by now you know that few things warm the cockles of my heart quite like surfboards from the 1980s.

Check out this rad Stussy shortboard for sale on eBay, priced at a pretty royal $1600. Astoundingly, I don’t know that I have ever written about Shawn Stussy.

Long before his name became a shorthand for streetwear, Shawn Stussy was a well-renowned Southern California shaper. According to Stoked-n-Board, Stussy started his eponymous label in 1980. I was shocked to see that Stussy has a Wikipedia entry but no such luck with the otherwise comprehensive Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Sadly, Stussy doesn’t own the rights to his name anymore and his brand continues to be operated without him. Stussy continues to pump out fantastic looking boards out of his S/Double label, and he’s not shy about sharing pictures on his excellent Instagram. Stussy shot to popularity back in the 1980s, though, thanks not only to his skills as a shaper but also his keen eye for design. Pics below taken from the S/Double blog.

The seller for this board claims it was shaped in the 1980s. My guess is late 1980s or sometime in the 90s but I can’t be sure. Stoked-n-Board dates the logo – the signature double “S” design in the blue box – from the 2000s, but who knows.

The other rad thing this board has going for it is a clear signature from the man himself. And man, how cool is it that the board was made for one Scotty Rotten? I could do without the Oakley logo on the nose but otherwise it’s a sick board that’s in good shape.

Check it out on eBay here.