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.

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  • Anonymous
    January 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 !!!

  • dogleg
    January 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?

  • Anonymous
    January 14, 2011

    Duct tape still rules as ding repair!