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3stringer Ed Wright Longboards

Ed Wright stopped by the shop this week. He just turned 69 years old.
Ed founded Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas in the late 60’s, but before that he learned to shape surfboards in the very spot he is standing in the early 60’s when our building was Surfboards Hawaii. Soon after owner John Price moved Surfboards Hawaii to downtown Encinitas into the La Paloma theatre building. Ed worked there until starting Sunset.
*side note, my Dad Peter St Pierre and my father-in-law John Smith also worked at Surfboards Hawaii. So did a guy named Al Merrick who went on to have a decent shaping career. The Sunset factory crew formed Moonlight Glassing in 1979.
We currently have a couple of nice 9’6″ 3stringers Ed shaped in stock.
9’6″ x 23″ x 3 1/8″
Roundpin and wood block square tail. 
Both boards have rare original 1979 Moonlight Glassing logos. The 35 year old ink and rice paper actually glassed out okay.
Surfy Surfy Surf Shop is inspired by Ed’s original Sunset Surfboards.
We also stock Sunset Surfboards by Ed’s protege Brian Fredrickson. 
See also New “Retro” Sunset Single Fins at Surfy Surfy
Full circle surf culture stuff!
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Ed Wright Surfboards

We had local legend Ed Wright shape us up three nice longboards.
Ed founded Sunset Surfboards Surf Shop in Encinitas back in the 1960’s which served as the inspiration for Surfy Surfy.
Ed used the US Blanks Y Red with dual 1/8″ flared stringers.
Not nose riders, Ed designed these to trim and glide and power down the line. 2+1 setup. I saw him surfing his well and knew it was something we should stock in the shop.
Resin tint bottoms, All glassing, sanding, pinlines and gloss and polish by the original Sunset factory crew which became Moonlight Glassing in 1979.
 9’2″, 9’4″, 9’6″
 (more photos and dims to be updated soon)

7’4″ Ed Wright Mini Machine

7’4″ x 22 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
Handshaped by founder of Sunset Surfboards, Ed Wright in Leucadia, California.
Longboard planeshape put under the shrinking machine. Trim, glide and hang a holy 5.
Nice ice blue tint by Gary Stuber at Moonlight Glassing. Gloss and polish.
Shown with FCS GX glass sidebites and a 7.5″ Skip Frye fin from True Ames.

Ed Wright was recently featured on Surfline.com’s Shaper’s Alley Encinitas

Surfy Shapers on Surfline

Surfy Surfy Surf Shop in located in Leucadia, California, which is the north section of the city of Encinitas. When we launched this blog in 2005, part of our goal was to spread the word to the global internet surf community about our talented local shapers shaping and surfing in Encinitas.

Now that we are all connected by blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the term “local shaper” no longer means what it did 20 years ago. Now we all can order, shape and ship each other surfboads coast to coast and continent to continent.

That said, regional shapers are influenced by the communities in which they live and certain areas become hubs of surfboard building. Encinitas enjoys a long history of influential shapers and surfboard companies. This Surfline feature touches on a few long time local shapers and a few accepted transplants. Several shapers profiled are in regular rotation in the Surfy-verse.

Surfline Shaper’s Alley: Encinitas >>> clicky to visit

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.