Stussy twins

It has long been an aim of mine (actually more like an obsession since about 1982) to secure and preserve an early 80’s Shawn Stussy shaped twin fin as part of my Californian innovation period shapers collection. 
Shawn didn’t have a particularly high out put in his prime and his boards were pretty sort after around Newport in the 80’s so there are not a great many of them left floating around.
I have been teased and I have come frustratingly close to getting my hands on one a number of times recently.
First we had the punishment of not one but two of the best examples of the genre come up at the same time! To make matters worse (or better, depending) the seller wanted the pair to stay together as a set. There was no way this quality find was going to slip under the radar so naturally there was some frantic bidding they sold together for some big money. Co-incidentally I got to meet the seller a little while latter and he told me that although they look like twins they were in fact made separately for different people and he found them separately, a number of years apart. Like lightning striking twice.

The next time I was tipped off by a friend who pointed me to this nicely sunburnt 1982 Stussy twin fin outside of New York and very much in my price range. The seller was willing to let it go for double digits dollars but it was on condition of pick up only. I called in as many favors as I could from friends living or working in Manhattan to try to get them to take a trip and go and get it for me, coming as close as even having someone even go to the guys house and just miss him after he had gone out.
Argh. So close.

But the last and in retrospect, the saddest is this beautiful late 70’s Russell twin fin shaped by Shawn. The only one I got to hold in my hands, I think its actually the rarest and most unusual Stussy twin fin I have seen, I let this one slip through my fingers for lack of available funds. 

Shawn (left) during his days shaping at Russell

Local Motion

In the late 70's many surfers still were riding 7' pin tails and going in a straight line. Others were experimenting with swallow, pin and diamond tails and trying to get loose.
But there was one group of forward thinking radical surfers and shapers, primarily focused on the south side of Oahu who were truly blazing new trails and busting some exciting new moves.
I've always been facinated by the revolutionary style of Buttons and Larry Bertleman as seen in movies such as Five Summer stories. 360's and mind blowing fast and loose turns on short thick single fins.
I was stoked to get my hands on this 5'6" late 70's round tail single fin from Hawaii.
I couldnt wait to get it out in the water to see what these guys were dealing with.

Surfline did a 6 part feature on the influence surfing has had on skateboarding and viva versa, starting with Larry and Buttons and moves like these.

Although radical for its time it still has classic 70's elements like its high wide point.

Winter in California. Cold and murky.

The fin screams 70's Hawaii, thick and tough.

These two images exemplify what the design is all about.
The board looks like a skateboard and it feels like riding a skateboard on water.

I found the board very hard to ride, very hard to catch waves and very hard to get going.
But once I got it moving and found a little pocket the thing went like a rocket.
It felt like riding a skateboard in a 70's concrete skate park.

This decal dates the board to pre-1979 when they updated the logo.

East Coast 80's fan. Part 2.

Check out Nick's latest edition to his East coast 80's collection. 
1981 5'10" Town and Country in Hawaii by Glenn Minami. 

Nude surfer. Part 2

7'4" red Lightning Bolt single fin rounded pin tail with yellow pigment coat rails.