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.
AnonymousJanuary 13, 2011
That boomerang setup is still in use by Bernie Crouch(Mad Dog) here in the daytona area with much success.Enjoying the blog !!!
doglegJanuary 13, 2011
hey jp, send me a mail if u want that “rip curl/ wayne lynch shaped by shros at moonlight in early 80’s. great condition. a donation to surfy?
AnonymousJanuary 14, 2011
Duct tape still rules as ding repair!