Town & Country Pottz Model

Greetings, Shredderz! While some surfboard aficionados don’t enjoy talking prices, here at Shred Sledz we’re not only fans of capitalism, but also transparency. One of the most iconic boards from modern pro surfing is Martin Potter’s T&C twin fin emblazoned with the iconic green and yellow airbrush. A Town & Country Pottz airbrush board recently sold on eBay, providing a little insight into the market for the former champ’s boards. I have included some pictures of the board below (pics via the original eBay listing).

The final price for the board ended up being $1,300. As you can see in the pictures above, the board is in pretty good condition (I omitted a picture of a decent ding along one of the board’s rails).

First, if you’re inclined, I think there are some questions around whether or not the example above should be considered a proper Pottz board. Of course, Potter rode for T&C, and the airbrush is unmistakable, but as far as I can tell, T&C never released a mass market Pottz model until recently, the way Channel Islands put Tom Curren’s Black Beauty design in surf shops everywhere.

Then again, that’s not the point: the board above is a genuine Town & Country board from the 1980s in good condition, complete with an iconic design. Is it nitpicking to mention that the airbrush on the board above is a lesser-known variant on the classic Pottz spray job, and not the original one?

I won’t attempt to answer the metaphysical questions around how one defines a Pottz board. Instead, I’ll just state the obvious: cool surfboards from the 1980s often command a pretty penny on the open market.

Shred Sledz Presents: July 17 Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s been a while since I put one of these together. What better way to stave off the slow and inexorable encroachment of the work week than by perusing some of the cooler vintage sticks to go on sale over the past few days? Here’s a little selection of boards that have caught my eye recently:

Town & Country Single Fin by Dennis Pang (eBay)

T&C boards have become incredibly collectible over the past few years. This is especially true of 80s T&C boards with outrageous spray jobs. Given the board above is a bit earlier than the most famous T&C models, I’m a little surprised that it seems to be commanding a premium with five days left to go in bidding, as the price is already north of $350. It’s also surprisingly small, clocking in at a cozy 5’9″. As an added bonus, the board was shaped by Dennis Pang (see here for an earlier post about his work for Surf Line Hawaii.)

 

Rick Hamon Surfing’s New Image Aipa Sting & 80s Single Fin (eBay & Craigslist)

I’ve written before about how to distinguish whether or not an Aipa sting has been shaped by the man himself. And while I think it’s useful to know whether or not a board is an Aipa hand shape, let’s not forget that there are plenty of other non-Aipa shaped boards that are still awesome. Pictured above is a Rick Hamon-shaped Aipa sting, under the Surfing’s New Image label, that recently sold on eBay. Asking price was $600 but the listing makes it seem as if someone came in with a higher offer. Hamon is a well-renowned shaper in his own right who can currently be found mowing foam at Rusty Surfboards.

The second board in today’s Rick Hamon doubleheader is a Surfing’s New Image 80s single fin that can be found on Craigslist in Charleston. The seller is asking $475. The board looks like it’s in absolutely beautiful condition. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but hey, some covers just happen to be way more beautiful than others. The board has an interesting shape, too. It looks like Hamon’s take on the famous McCoy Lazor Zap model. I’ve reproduced a picture of one below, courtesy of excellent online vintage surf purveyor Von Weirdos.

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A real McCoy Lazor Zap. Note the similarities between this board and the Rick Hamon single fin above, from the geometric paint job down to the super wide swallow tail. Pic via Von Weirdos

 

Choice Surfboards Steve Lis Fish (Craigslist and Craigslist)

We’ve got two separate Choice Surfboards / Steve Lis fish here, both of which are linked in the header above. The blue quad fin on the left is 5’8″; the twin fin on the right with the wooden keels doesn’t have any dimensions listed. There’s no price on the blue board, and the twin fin is going for $1K. I’m not sure what to make of these Choice / Lis fish boards. As I wrote earlier, I’ve heard these Choice / Lis models are not shaped by Lis, but rather, made from a template he designed. If anyone has any additional info, please drop me a line!

Echo Beach Throwback: Town & Country Surfboards

Pictured above is a classic 80s Town & Country Surfboards design that is currently for sale on Craigslist in San Diego (link to the board can be found here.) The seller is asking $500, which is certainly not cheap, but the eighties Echo Beach-inspired boards are popular among collectors.

A few interesting things about this board: first, there’s a Surfside Sports logo. Surfside Sports is a surf shop that helped launch the Echo Beach craze. However, there’s a great chance that this could be a sticker applied to the board, versus a lamination beneath the glass. No way to know for sure from the pics.

The other detail that caught my eye is that there are clear signatures in the last picture for both the shaper and the airbrush artist. Unfortunately, I can’t make out either name. If anyone has any clues as to who might have shaped this board, I’d love to know!

Once again, you can find a link to the board here.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a vintage 80s T&C board being put through its paces:

Town & Country Surfboards Echo Beach

Ben Aipa for Town & Country

Pictured here is a Ben Aipa T&C thruster for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, California.

I hate to be such a crass capitalist – just kidding, it suits me just fine – but I’m immediately intrigued by the price (seller is asking $650). You’ll see some of the outrageous neon T&C airbrushes command more of a premium, although I’m finding it difficult to really get some great info on various prices. Here’s an example of an 80s era T&C board that apparently sold for $795.

What makes this one special, though, is the fact it’s shaped by Ben Aipa! Aipa, of course, is a legendary Hawaiian shaper who created the sting and the swallowtail…and shit, after those two, there isn’t really much that needs to go on the resume. It’s difficult for me to say how collectible these Aipa T&C boards are – I tend to think that T&C collectors favor the 80s spray jobs, and the Aipa collectors like the 70s stings and single fins more – but to me, this is such a cool and classic combination. I want to say that $650 is quite reasonable, especially considering the good condition of this board, but the market will ultimately decide.

Either way, we can all agree that this is a rad surfboard. Click here for the original listing.

Christian Fletcher

Writing these posts is usually fun and easy, but today the flood of tears is making a little harder, as I come to grips with the fact that I missed out on a pristine Christian Fletcher model on eBay.

You can see the completed auction here, and I have included the pictures on this post. I have written about the Christian Fletcher T&C signature model before. However, the more I look at this board, the more I believe that it might be the exact same one that I wrote about in this post. I’m wondering why this board – which first popped up on Vintage Surfboard Collectors – would have been sold on eBay with such minimal descriptions and no mention of the brand / pedigree etc. Seems a little odd, if you ask me.

Either way, enjoy the pics, cuz I can’t get enough of this thing!

Hawaiian Enforcer Johnny Boy Gomes

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.

The signature on the stringer dates this board to 1994, right about at the height of Gomes’ fame. Gomes was a longtime North Shore heavyweight who was known for his powerful and aggressive surfing. Johnny Boy was a Hawaiian trialist at the 1997 Pipe Masters and he won the whole thing, something that only two other Hawaiians can claim (Bruce Irons, of course, and Jamie O’Brien being the other.) Unfortunately, he also carved out a reputation for not being the best ambassador of the aloha spirit. He has been in multiple brushes with the law, including an arrest for assault last December in Waikiki.

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:

Aipa Modified Sting for Town & Country

This marks the second time I’ve stumbled across a Ben Aipa-shaped T&C board. You can find my post on the first board here, and it looks like it was snapped up by Kristopher Tom, who runs thevintagesurfboard.com.

The board that inspired today’s post doesn’t have a bitchin 80s airbrush, but oh well, nothing is perfect, no?

It does have a clear Ben Aipa signature on the stringer, and a cool old school logo. In addition, I love the addition of the signature Aipa wings on the side. This board looks to be a blend of a standard thruster design with Aipa’s infamous sting shape, which I have never seen before. The only measurement provided is 6′4″ length, and other than that, it looks to be in pretty great and unrestored condition.

Stoked-N-Board’s entry on Town & Country Surf Designs pegs this particular logo as corresponding to sometime in the 2000s. However, SNB lists Aipa as having shaped his last board for T&C in 1994. My guess would be mid-to-late 90s, but I’d love to hear from someone with more info on the matter.

The board is located in Temecula, California. The price is $1200, which is nothing to sneeze at. On the other hand, Aipa boards are rare, especially under the beloved T&C label, and they’re not making any more of them.

In any case, you can check out the Craigslist listing here.

Hawaiian Power: Aipa and Dan Kealoha

Do you like neon?

How about surfcraft shaped by an undisputed master of the form?

What are you feelings on ridiculous 80s paint jobs? (Related to question #1 above).

Do old surfboards in impeccable shape titillate you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above – especially the one about neon – then you need to check out this board on Craigslist, which can be found in Santa Cruz, California.

It is a vintage Ben Aipa-shaped board for legendary Hawaiian surfboard brand Town & Country. The airbrush has a distinct 80s / 90s feel to it. The signature on the signature is clear as day, and it looks like the board was even shaped for equally well-known Hawaiian pro surfer Dane Kealoha!

If it sounds like I’m frothing…well, I am! I love finding vintage surfboard gems, but the fact this one was made for one of the most influential Hawaiian pros ever is just the cherry on top of an already scrumptious surfboard sundae. In fact, I’m so stoked I don’t even care that the photography includes huge glare spots and there isn’t any mention of the dimensions or the fin setup. In any case, check it out for yourself here.