Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a selection of some of the rad boards that have caught my eye on various trips down the information super highway…
Luis Real strikes again! Pictured above is a super unusual Lightning Bolt / Gerry Lopez sting. For all of Bolt’s fame in the 70s, and the popularity of the sting during the same decade, you would think you would see more Bolts with sting outlines. The Lightning Bolt sting also has a cool Al Dove airbrush.
This Lopez I promised to post for board lovers of the 70’s. This was Rella Sunn’s most favourite board 1973-74 and well used but still she struggled to leave it behind in OZ 👀🌊🏄🏽♀️She said she would be happy to handed it to me back in that first Coke contest in Sydney 74-75 and it just lived it’s life in a bag and today would be the first time in 15 that its be free👍🏼🙏🏼🌺❤️
Here’s a beautiful Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt that he hand shaped for Rell Sun, giving the board some truly regal Hawaiian pedigree. The board’s owner, Kim McKenzie, was recently written up in a cool feature on Pilgrim Surf + Supply’s super neat blog. The board has a quasi-sting outline, and the upturned wings are very reminiscent of some Mark Richards stings I have seen.
While we’re on the topic of Lightning Bolt, Ian Cairns is selling some of his 1970s Tom Parrish-shaped Bolt single fins to help finance his new biography. Enjoy this timely quiver shot, which I have to imagine was taken on the North Shore of Oahu.
This is a mind-boggling board. Make sure you swipe through all the photos. I have never seen a flex tail on a Rick Surfboards shape before. Rick made some really neat transitional boards, including the famous Barry Kanaiaupuni Model. Not sure who the shaper might have been.
Started surfing around 5 or 6 years after this board was made. Wouldn’t mind giving this board a ride or 3😃. Although at 12 years old, I probably would’ve had a hard time carrying this board around. It’s not light like my #kellyslatergamma! Gotta ask @hekili_underground how these boards rode. Jim of @tropicalblendsurf, who owns this beauty, said he couldn’t afford a board from the Hobie shop on Kapiolani Blvd. #waxumup, #stopdrooling, #classicrides.
I don’t know that surfboards get any more classy — or classic, for that matter — than the Phil Edwards Honolulu. (Though the Hobie Phil Edwards comes close). Stay tuned…there may be a Deep Dive forthcoming on the subject.
I don’t know if this is a vintage picture or just a vintage board, but for all you California-philes out there, is there anything more timeless than a clean Renny Yater single fin? You can just barely make out the logo towards the nose, lurking beneath the wetsuit.