I'm so stoked with my recent find, but also a little worried.
I found a 6'0" competition weight, single fly swallow tail twin fin Brewer (the first Dick Brewer label for the collection) shaped by San Clemente legend Gary Linden, with classic Gotcha “Bubble Fish” sponsor decals under the glass for 80’s team rider ‘Marc’. The “Bubble Fish” Gotcha logo was designed by Shawn Stussy in the early days of Gotcha and was the brand’s first official logo.
I scored the opening bid as soon as it was listed on eBay. I nervously checked it everyday, waiting to get out bid. When the auction ended and my opening bid won I was amazed, blown away, that no one, any where on the planet was interested in this piece of history, this fantastic, watertight, twin fin, rider. Then I started to get worried. Hang on, what is wrong with me. Why am I so attracted to rubbish that others have trouble getting rid of. What is this curse that afflicts me?
Then I saw the light, it's no curse, it's a blessing. If I can enjoy surfing on a $50 surfboard and get stoked appreciating it's history, design and cultural relevance at the same time, then blessed I truly am.
|Gary Linden, 6', 840, for Marc|
|possibly Stussy and Gotcha team rider Marc Price|
|80's Gotcha team boards|
Being that the board is from San Clemente, I took it out at Trestles to see how it would go in the waves for which it was built. Super flat rocker, wide fin bases for lots of drive, close to 3 inches of foam, hard rails that are so sharp Jordy said they 'could cut an apple' and a subtle swallow tail that functions more as a square tail. I tell you, the thing is a rocket! This thing holds some design principles that desperately need revisiting.
|Not pretty, but this thing flies!|
|Marc Price for Gotcha|
|Marc Price on Stussy 1981|
|Marc Price in Africa 1981|