Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Vintage Surfboard Is Featured In The OC Weekly By Bradley Beylik

Wax On, Wax Off: Board Collector Kris Tom of TheVintageSurfboard.com By Bradley Beylik in Wax On, Wax OffFriday, Aug. 14 2009 @ 2:34PM ​

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/wax-on-wax-off/wax-on-wax-off-board-collector/

Along with boardshort and swimsuit dispensing vending machines and a generally blown-out corporate vibe, last night’s Retrospective at the Standard had its moments. For one, the event featured a rare selection of surfboards from the late 70s and early 80s. We had the chance to catch up with Kris Tom, a board collector who brought five of the ten boards on display, and ask him a few questions about his collection and his life as a surfer.

Growing up in Rancho Cucamonga (not an ideal place to start one’s surfing career), Kris had a sense early on that there was something pervasively cool about surfing. In the early 80s, he and his friends bought boards to impress girls, despite never having ridden a wave. For the first time, though, in 1982, they eventually made the trek to the coast, arriving at Newport Beach in the heart of the Echo Beach era. They were exposed to the fast-paced lifestyle and brightly colored smattering of hot locals surfing steep, glassy waves on the famous sandbars of upper west Newport. “We realized this wasn’t just something that was cool, it was really an awesome sport,” says Kris. He’s been surfing Newport ever since.

Kris has been collecting boards for over twelve years, mostly gems from the late 70s and early 80s. His favorite board in his collection, and possible the best-looking board at last night’s event, is a 1985 T&C, a 5’9″ early tri-fin model with an adjustable and removable middle fin. But it’s hard out there for a board collector. In fact, after twelve years of collecting, the Echo Beach Retrospective at the Standard is the first time he has opened his collection to the public. “There’s not much exposure,” says Kris. ” People just didn’t really have a way to showcase[their boards].” So, in march of this year, Kris launched a website called TheVintageSurfboard.com. It is a forum of sorts, where board collectors from all over the world can not only display photos of their collections, but also tell what Kris calls “the story behind the board.”

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Vintage George Downing Single Fin Surfboard

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I found this Downing single fin hiding in the back corner of Thalia Surfshop, Laguna Beach, California.  The board is in really great condition, but not for sale. However, Thalia Surfshop has a great selection of retro boards and clothing, inspired by the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Don’t forget to visit the Surf Gallery next store for a fresh perspective of surf art.  

http://www.thaliasurf.com/

http://www.thesurfgallery.com/

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“Twinnie? No Rides Twin Fins in Hawaii…”

Check out this classic scene from “North Shore” the movie, 1987.  Classic!

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Go Get Your Wax On With A Screening Of Echo Beach

Check out the nucleus of 80’s surf culture @ a screening of “Echo Beach.” This movie has the most radical footage of Newport Locals ripping on twin fin Wave Tools, Stussy, and Schroff surfboards. 

http://www.echobeachfilm.com/index.html

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How To Burn The Black Ball Flag Without Fire!

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Check out this site where you can really surf during Black Ball restrictions.

http://www.catchsurf.com/page-content/what_is_the_beater.php

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Never Ridden 1980s HIC Surfboard

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This perfect condition, never ridden, mid 1980’s HIC surfboard was hiding 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California, in land locked area called the Inland Empire.  So, how did it remain un-ridden for all this time?!!!

Back in the mid 1980’s, I worked at Pacific Sunwear (commonly known now as Pac Sun) and I remember the store had many wall hanger boards that were airbrushed with vivid 80s colors and art. Could this be one of those wall hanger display boards? Either way, that was a time when a boards was shaped by a human being and designed to surf.  Now, you can find display boards at your local liquor store with a “Fosters” logo and more than likely shaped by a computer and not designed to surf.

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Martin Potter Rips Lower Trestles With Web Gloves In “Wave Warriors III”

In the late 80’s, Potter signed a deal with Blue Hawaii Surfboards to have a line of Pottz Model boards with his trade mark flame artwork on the rails. While the board and the Gotcha Team logos are cool for the time, did he really have to sport Web Gloves to rip Lower Trestles in Wave Warriors III? Check out this YouTube video.

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