If your Bolt doesn't have one of these he didn't shape it.
Nothing gives me more joy than a Lightning Bolt twin fin!
My friend in California has given me great joy by sharing a few prized gems from his Lightning Bolt twin fin collection.
Philipe wrote to say:-
I shot the Nectar ad, in 1984! (the non action shots)
The rainbow spray board was mine!
I bought it in San Diego in 1984 and the girl holding it by the Tropic of Cancer line (the white sphere) is my wife!
The lower right picture in the ad (rainbow thruster in front of a hut) was shot in mainland Mexico, in the fabled Matachen Bay (aka San Blas or Roca Bruja, Witches Rock).
The photos were taken on the first long surf trip I took with my soon-to-be-wife, after doing several shorter ones to Baja.
We went on a trip to the tip of Baja, by ferry to Mainland and to the incredible "ferrocarril de Chihuaha a Los Mochis" that crosses the Sierras and La Barranca del Cobre. We went hiking in Tarahumara country, back across to the Pacific and down to San Blas to surf. The photo was taken in San Blas where my friend Dana Fisher (aka "High Voltage" the Surfer Magazine photographer, who wrote the defining Nias story, after Erik Aeder's discovery) told me about "the longest wave in the world as featured in the Guiness Book of Records".
It's actually a long, mellow right point break, that was so perfect for me!
You can read the whole story here.
Sitting in my hotel room on a cold, grey day in Hong Kong, my mind keeps wondering to the collection of boards recently posted to ebay OZ from Werri beach.
This 6' x 19 3/4" x 2 3/8" rounded square tail channel bottom 'Sunrise' quad shaped by Ken McDonald looks like it should belong in my 80's collection.
It would sit right next to my favorite Jackson twin fin. They look like they could be brothers. The Jackson and the Sunrise both have nice heavy 80's glossy glass jobs that have held up well over the years. The quad would be the high performance, jock brother, the twin fin, the laid back stoner brother.
|long lost cousins|
|great condition for a 30 year old board|
|Jackson twin fin 2' tube ride. Sequence my Mark W.|
Marty sent me the link to this board on ebay Oz because he knew I would just LOVE it.
Its fantastic, the hand cut "3" stencil that was clearly inspired by Simon Anderson's "3 fin thruster" logo. This is clearly the work of an excited enthusiast in 1981. It is an ISLAND SUN 5'10" x 19 1/2" x 2 11/16" shaped and designed by Ken Gardner on the New South Wales Central Coast. The fin set up looks a little wacky and out of place like the Wave Tools tri fin from the same era. These boards were probably shaped within a few months of each other on opposite sides of the globe, inspired by the magazine articles about Simon's win at Bells and Narrabeen.
|North Coast NSW 1981|
|Costa Mesa 1981|
Gavin's Surf Trip- Festival is shaping up to be an amazing event.
Here is a sample of the boards that Gavin will have on display and up for sale. They give a fascinating glimpse into his collection that reveals his commitment to preserving important Hawaiian, Californian and Australian designs.
1978-79 Lightning Bolt 7'10" pigment coast, semi gun shaped and authenticated by Tom Parrish, glassed by Boscoe Burns (father of late Ronnie Burns).
1970 G&S "magic ryder" shaped by Skip Frye. 7' 8" with hard railed, semi 'S' deck.
1976-78 Ben Aipa "Sting" 7'6".
Late 70's early 80's "Surfboards Hawaii" twin fin. 6'2" x 21", double bump, round tail. Original Plastic "Fins Unlimited" fins and boxes.
For your viewing pleasure, a beautiful Ben Aipa twin fin that may or may not be for sale. You'll just have to go up the coast and twist Gavin's arm.