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.
*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.
*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.
This crafty creation was shaped by Gary Hanel, who in our opinion is one of the finest egg shapers in the surfboard industry. It features crisp foiled rails, a pulled in nose and beachbreak friendly rocker. Nice kelpy resin tint by Gary Stuber at Moonlight Glassing. The earth tone color and length may say cruise but the design says hit the lip if you want too.
7’6″ length x 22″ wide x 2 11/16″ thickness
Lokbox fin system with nice fiberglass fins.
This board is SOLD!
I just bought this cool old 7’7″ Fresh Pineapple surfboard from my wife’s cousin. It was good timing considering we just got a “fresh” batch of Shrosburgers in stock. My intent was too fix some of the small dings and resell it, but now it looks like JM might want to learn on it.