McElroy


I know nearly nothing about this board and for the first time I don't want to know.
I simply want to sit back and and admire its simple beauty without becoming clouded by the history and politics of its life story.
The clean lines of the single fin shilouette. The bold, fun use of early 80's color. The handsome use of the pin line. The blue accents on the rails. The gloss finish. The semi translucent fin with rice paper decal inlay. A fine example of applied art meets scultpure. Rip and Tear indeed.










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10 comments:

  1. kennyfaass@ cox.netMarch 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    McElroy is from San Clemente California and was the board to have in the 80s especially @ trestles. Archibold and Christian Fletcher rode his boards as well as lesser mortals. What happened after his run I dont really know . Some say he crawled into a bottle and never came out . His brother is the football coach at the local community college

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    1. I actually had the pleasure to work and live eith mcelroy 7 yrs ago .... He lives in his beach mansion in front of one of the best surf breaks in mexico ( close to cabo) were the beer is cold and the beaches arepristine and still virgin... He lives like 30 mins from a beautifull oasis town in the mid of the dessert were he gets to surf hang out with good friends and still will shape an awsome board for a good friend or a tallented enthusiast

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  2. he lives in mexico and currently lives back in san clemente, homeless

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    1. He is a good friend are you seriously saying he lives homless in san clemente?? I live in santa barbara and could help him out,, do you have any more info??

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    2. Sad to say, I lived with him also, 15 years..... Love of my life. Can't compete with the bottle.

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  3. Id like to add hese allso a musician ... We used to rock out don in his beachmansion in mexico he actually built his surfboard shaping shop obtop of a greAt big basement that he converted into a music studio with all the tools of the trade we used to rock out oldschool.. Good times

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  4. I remember Chris and his surfing mates at Uppers. Would have thought that was in the late 70s. His first boards, though nice looking, broke up pretty quickly. Must have been something in the construction or materials. I shifted down to Lowers in the early 80s and finally over here to Australia in '84. Always wondered what happened to McElroy.

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  5. Chris is a great guy, I had the pleasure of meeting him recently in Mexico. Super passionate and talented.. grateful for his land and his friends. I wrote an article about him and my trip. See here: http://shapyr.com/blogs/news/16474149-shapyr-feature-1-chris-mcelroy

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  6. I have a old McElroy board, the name is in block letters not script. I used to see him at the hut at uppers and remember him talking about moving to Mexico for good.

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  7. I'm trying to reach McElroy's old partner Laura. We go way back to the Rio Dames Motel days. Search me in Manhattan, Illinois

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