Luck has really been shining on me of late.
I found this Gary McNabb shaped 6'3", single hip, rounded square tail, Nectar team riders thruster in great condition in San Clemente for under $100. It looks like it could well have just been shot for the cover of Surfer in 1981. The fact that this design made the cover of a magazine is a testament to how important this design is to the history of surfboard design.
In fact how many other boards have scored their own cover shot?
Simon Anderson recounts how he got started with Gary Mac Nabb and Nectar to bring the Thruster design to the US in 1981
Again, the team rider for whom the board was shaped is a mystery to me.
It could be this guy, who went un-credited in a Nectar ad from 1981 or possibly John Glomb.
(The half completed tail repairs were done by me. Originally the tail was in good condition with just a single crack along the tail that I was afraid was going to let in water.)
|Gary McNabb, 8076, 6'3"|
|Nectar ad from 1981|
|80's Gotcha / Oneil team boards|