Microgroove Sunset Single Fins then & now

Shown: Brian Fredrickson of Sunset Surfboards with an original 1970’s Microgroove single fin and one of the new stock boards he shaped us.
Our new Sunset Surfboards are built by the original crew,
Peter St Pierre: airbrush, pinlines and microgrooves
Gary Stuber: glass job
Kenny Mann: sander
Mark Donellon: gloss and polish
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*this one is available via our online store, clicky 

Sometimes they come back: 1990’s CI MTF

5’11” Channel Islands Surfboards Merrick Twin Finner model. My personal custom board from the second half of the 1990’s. I sold it cheap to Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas when Brian Fredrickson owned it. Then shop manager Scott Overland snatched it up. Last week I was surprised to see it walk in through the front door of Surfy Surfy Surf Shop under Scott’s arm.

This board was rad because it featured super cool hot coat pinlines by my Dad Peter St Pierre, who even signed it which he never ever did.
The large Moonlight Glassing oval is super rare, especially on a Channel Islands who later became pretty strict about keeping the glass shop logos minimal and on the bottom of the board only.
The CI hex logo dates this board after 1995 because it is the first redesign hex by Factory 101.

I think I sold this board because I thought it was too narrow. It’s under 19″ and my first magic MTF was over 19″ and had a stubbier nose. At the time these MTF’s looked like radical space ships, but now just look like the normal weird boards we ride everyday ha ha.

A lot of Channel Islands surfboards in the 1990’s had cool carbon fiber inside foil layups. Scott even managed to hang onto the original mini trailer “shark fin”.
One thing interesting about this board that you can’t really see in the photos is that the whole board is glossed and polished except for a pyramid around the fin cluster that I had taped off and wetsanded. I liked to do that to my personal boards because I thought it looked crafty and had some ideas about waterflow at the time. It is also easier to wetsand around glass-on fins and deep vee than to polish.

Scott Overland kept this board in his quiver for well over a decade.
I often felt a twinge of jealousy seeing him riding it and he rode it well.
Scott is now employed by the surf accessories company Da Kine, therefore the big sticker on the bottom.
Scott wanted a new board for his young daughter who is stoked on surfing, so I bought it back and he used it the money on a nice DK Fish off the rack.
I’m stoked to have it back in the quiver!
— JP St Pierre
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