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Category 80’s

1980’s Sunset Tri Fin








This one came into the shop via the underground surfy network of surf bros with rad old boards in their garages.
What: Sunset Surfboards tri-fin.
Who: Shaper and founder of Sunset, Ed Wright.
When: Early 1980’s.
Where: Made at Moonlight Glassing, which originally existed inside Sunset Surfboards on the coast highway in Encinitas, before moving out to the industrial park in San Marcos in 1979.

Stray Observations:
*An interesting blend of logos from the classic 70’s Sunset to Ed’s very 80s shaper logo, to the super classic TRI FIN logo (to clarify the confusion of early 80’s multi-fin madness).
*The red, white and blue wishbone hotcoat color work is 1970’s influenced.
*The glass-on side fins are cool. The center box is a Freestyle box which is common on these early 80s boards. The mini-boomerang fin was actually popular for a short time back then.
*Duct tape seems to have fallen out of favor as a go-to ding repair solution in the last decade or so.
*This board was well used which is a good sign that the owner loved it. It has some major dings but all are repairable.
*It’s light!
*There are design elements in this board which are enjoying a resurgence lately. 1980s shortboards were pretty darn good mushbusters.

*This board was made 30 years ago by the same crew that makes all the new boards featured on Surfy Surfy.

Wanna glide a Skip Frye?







This is a 6’10” 1980s Skip Frye that I bought from a local guy this summer. It was fairly beat up so I gave it to ding repair dude, Jimmy Robertson to restore. Jimmy sanded the board, filled the dents and dings and re-glossed the bottom. It came out tight!
I rode it this morning, waves were high-tidy with wind on it, but fun enough. It’s really unique riding Skip’s rails. They hook up and trim high. They are not forgiving though and don’t allow for errors. This board is super fast and connected sections all the way to the beach.
This is an interesting board because as a tri-fin you can square off the bottom and head for the lip, but what to do when you get there? I actually did end up going almost vertical on one wave, you have to coast and slide back down. It does a nice craving roundhouse cutback if you use the swing weight properly.
But these boards aren’t for lippers goshdarnit, they are about speed, trim and flow.
6’10” x 21 1/2″ wide x 3″ thick.

I think I might have handsanded this board for Kenny back in the 80s when I first started working at Moonlight. Marko the glosser would always reject my handsands and make me red-do the foil on the fins before he would gloss them. I think I made about a $1 hour the first summer I worked at the factory. 
J.P.