Here we have possibly the best example to date I've seen of an original early 80's Echo Beach period wave tools twin fin. My friend from LA sent these photos to me last year with a note saying 'if you showed up at the beach with a spray like this you had better be able to rip'
As if just to prove my own statement wrong about Wave Tools twin fins not existing outside of Newport Beach, I went and found an old email sent to me by Fred from France with pics of his original 80's Preston Murray model Wave Tools twin fin and original ad from the time.
He tells me he bought it in a Spanish surf shop called Pukas in San Sebastien around 1983. You can see the latter introduction of the flyers that took some area out of the tail to let the boards hang in there a bit better through the turns.
While visiting the Wave Tools factory I was stoked to get to meet Charles from Quiksilver who was there to pick up three Wave Tools 80's model twin fins and a McCoy single fin reproduction. He shipped them to New York for the 'Hottest 100 yard event' and the launch of Jamie Brisick's new book 'The Eighties at Echo Beach'.
I am also stoked to see the culture, art and design of my beloved innovation period of surfboard design formally documented and celebrated. I'm looking forward to the west coast version of the event.
I was interested to see the prices they have listed these same boards in NYC.
I just hope these beautiful boards don't end up on the wall of a Manhattan loft never to see the ocean but instead spend some time on the F train to the coast to score some of those East Coast brown water barrels.