Lightning Bolt Salvation In Santa Cruz



A follower of TheVintageSurfboard scored a Eberly Bolt in Santa Cruz. Check out his story and pics. 

I was taking a group of children with disabilities for a surf  at Cowell’s, Westside Santa Cruz when a young man walked by with a Lightning Bolt. By the way he carried the board and the wax free deck, I could tell he was new to surfing.  I chatted with him and asked if he wanted to sell the board.  He said he wanted to trade it for a longboard to learn on.  My neighbor gave me a 9’2″ beater to trade with the fellow and a deal was made the following week. 

Now, the 6 foot Tom Eberly, single fin, rounded pintail is mine.  It is pretty beat up and dinged but straight with a cleal Rainbow fin.  The template and foil of the board are quite full with the volume carried all the way out the rail.  Clearly a lot of  foam for a 6’0″.  I would guess it to be from the end of the single fin era, 1980?

Steiny, Santa Cruz

If you would like to share your vintage collection on, please email a few pics of your board(s) and a brief description and I will post them to the site. 

Thank You – Kris



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3 responses to “Lightning Bolt Salvation In Santa Cruz

  1. Ce.

    Nice. Looks similar to the RB model minus the pin tail.

  2. mjr

    How do we send you an email?
    I have an Eberly Lightning Bolt Thruster I would like to show you.

    • thevintagesurfboard

      Hello MJR,

      Happy 2010!

      Thank you for the email. Please feel free to email me at the address below. If you would like to share your Eberly on, simply email a few pictures and details of the board.

      Thank you for checking out the site.


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