Posted By: retodd
80's boards - 07/01/13 11:02 PM
who is riding them
What EXACTLY is an 80's board?
Full rail thruster, 6ft or less with a wider nose and tail?
who is riding them
The 80's were kinda cool for boards.
80-81 I rode a twin, then back to a 5'7 single fin with six channels by Cino. Had a 6'0 single step up by Rick(?) Irons.
82 first thruster HIC 5'7 squash by Gabe Garduque it was a Ray Almony team trade in. Opened up a whole new world.
My first custom thruster was a Straight Up by Kim Purrington, a full on Curren inspired bump squash. Super good board.
After that I worked at Local Motion and rode all kinds of boards. Sting thrusters by Rawson. Bonzer bottom thrusters by Rawson and Steve Wilson. Ron Roush shaped a demo epoxy I had for a few weeks. Louie Ferreira, Charlie Smith, Dave Hill, Chuck Andrus, Buddy Dumphy, Diff. Got a couple of magic boards from Ronnie Woodward. Tried lots of team trade-ins, Merricks, Rusty, Maurice Cole.
The 80's were fun until it wasn't.
Started riding Tokoros in the 80's.
Sick boards in this thread. Every once in awhile I see a noob or a tourist with a sick looking 80's stick and I've been tempted to offer money.
came across this
Per the website:
"One man's exploration of the 'innovation period' of surfboard design from 1975 to 1985 or 'how a bunch of old surfboards saved my life."
It's a great blog from someone who collects a TON of boards. His descriptions of the shapes and the theories behind them, and ride reports, have helped me understand what's going on with the boards I ride and what I do or don't like in a shape. Can't recommend this blog highly enough and even though I didn't start following because I liked boards from that era (I was born towards the end of it), it's the first one I click on in my RSS feed.
Now that I've typed this much, I can't stop thinking about what this blog taught me or led me into researching: the influence of the no-nose Lazer Zap in design history, how bottom contours are what makes a good twin fin, the ideas behind bumped tails, and most fascinating was how the debates about 1, 2, 3, or 4 fins played out back in the day. The kicker: the same ideas that were being debated about all of these design attributes are again relevant today!
In short, surf that guy's blog and read every post.