Monthly Archives: December 2009
With all of the machine groomed surfboards of the modern era of surfing, it’s questionable what will board collectors collect 20 years from now. My prediction will be surfing professional’s experimental boards, like Kelly Slater, that were hand shaped with alternative materials, fin set-ups, etc… For now, we can only enjoy the journey.
I picked up this unsual 5’4″ fish a few years ago at a yard sale. The interesting twist to this board is the rope handle. I’m not sure if it was designed with the strap or not, however, with the lightning bolt streaming both rails, I had to get it. Since the rope sat in what appeared to be non-watertight holes, I didn’t give it surf. It now belongs to a collector in Huntington Beach, California.
In the past ten years or so, it is clear that veteran surfboard shapers have been revisting their old designs from the 60, 70’s and 80’s. Today, you can visit any surfshop and pick-up a retro board that reflects a blend of old and new outlines and materials. Check out the similarities and differences of an 80’s Al Merrick Quad (video) and a 2008 Al Merrick Retro Quad (pics).
2008 Al Merrick Retro Quad, 6’2″, 19 1/8″, & 2 1/2″