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Eric Scores a Beauty



When we first opened up Surfy Surfy in May of 2010 we stocked a small run of Moonlight Glassing built Channel Islands surfboards. This 6’3″ Black Beauty Tom Curren model got a lot of love and attention, but went unsold. I would find myself putting this board under my arm constantly. I wanted it for myself, but didn’t pull the trigger because I was trying to avoid the whole ‘I’m turning 40 and now I need a Tom Curren surfboard because he was my hero in the 1980’s’ thing. Eventually I gave in and took the board home where it sat in the corner of the bedroom unridden waiting for “the right day”.

Frequent visitor to the shop Eric Smith cruised in one day wanting to pick up the 6’3″ Black Beauty for his upcoming trip to Nicaragua. I explained to him that I had decided to keep it for myself and we went over some other options in the rack.

Nothing was quite right and I could tell Eric really wanted the BB so I thought, screw it man, I can’t be some kind of selfish board hoarder. So I ran out of the shop and up the hill to my house, burst in past my wife and kids, grabbed the board and ran back to the shop (longtime friends know that there is nothing on earth I despise more than running. My god joggers, what is wrong with you?)

Catching my breath, Eric and I cleaned off the dirty fingerprints and my kid’s chalk drawings that covered the board. Out the door and off to Nicaragua Eric went.

I was kinda stressy about letting the board go, but today Eric emailed this shot of himself getting slotted on a nice one.

Good call. I’m stoked!

–JP St Pierre

6’3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
4/4 oz glassing. Crisp black band airbrushed onto hotcoat, not foam, sealed up with wetsanded gloss-coat.

11 Responses
  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2012

    Anytime you want to take her out.. She’s all yours..

    Thanks again JP. Very stoked!

    Eric S.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2012

    Great story. My buddy rode one at 15 foot Baja malibu in a session that I almost drown. That’s all I think about when I see a black beauty.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2012

    Nice shot! Who cares what other people think…buy a board that you want to ride!

  • OceanAir
    March 4, 2012

    Great story, thanks for sharing. My bro and I have trip planned to Mex in August. He was considering a 6’6″ BB for the trip but wound up ordering a custom from Bob Mitsven. I know he won’t be disappointed with his choice but there is something special about the Black Beauty. One day maybe he and I will have one under our arms.

  • Mark Freeman
    March 4, 2012

    Nice JP, that’s real customer service!

  • METHMOUTH
    March 5, 2012

    I once had a BB ,traded it for a white diamond,now I miss my brownfish.

  • Anonymous
    March 5, 2012

    “I can’t be some kind of selfish board hoarder”

    haha yes, wisdom!

    -T

  • Anonymous
    March 5, 2012

    Awesome story, JP. That board was meant to be slotted in Central America. Glad you let it go!

  • Rick
    March 6, 2012

    I can tell this story is totally made up because there are no rights in Nica, only lefts! Good on ya JP!

  • Anonymous
    March 6, 2012

    Good point Rick. There are actually a few decent right hand options in nica ( Colorado, panga drops, and the boom to name a few). The photo was taken much farther north so you are “right” on your call.

    Story is 100% true though, and JP has earned a lifelong and very satisfied customer….just picked up another board this last weekend.

    Eric S.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2012

    im panga dropping a brown fish as i type this

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