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Kenny Mann’s Sunset Bonzer5

A gift from Forest Howell, early 90’s Sunset Surfboard by Brian Fredrickson shaped for surfboard sander, Kenny Mann.

Rare 1980’s Moonlight Glassing logo with 70’s Sunset logo.

Brian would often shape boards in one of the Moonlight Glassing shaping rooms and the entire factory crew rode his boards.

Brian made great versions of the Campbell Brothers 5 fin Bonzer design. This one has all 5 glass-on fins.

The infamous “Moon Frog” logo appears on thousands of surfboards.

In 1990 boards like this looked like spaceships compared to everything else.

Kenny loved the inside section at Swami’s in Encinitas and almost surfed there exclusively.

 

As a founding member of the original 1979 Moonlight Glassing crew Kenny Mann sanded thousands and thousands of surfboards in his career. Tragically, Kenny died night surfing Swami’s in 2015.

Kenny started out sanding at Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas, down the block from Swami’s. Here he is in his Moonlight sanding room in 1979/80.

The Longboard Grotto

The Longboard Grotto in Leucadia, CA

The Grotto was owned by Sam Ryan and enjoyed a solid 20 year run.

The original 1926 facade added to the quirky nature of the Grotto.

Grotto interior

The Grotto specialized in surfy style memorabilia and empherma.

Before the internet the coast highway strip of Leucadia was host to multiple eclectic antique shops and a flea market. The Grotto added surf and skate to that experience.

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Surf Queens pinball.

The infamous Grotto guardian would move around the store often and frighten unsuspecting shoppers.

There is an urban myth that the city of Encinitas somehow forced the Grotto out of town. The truth is that Grotto owner Sam Ryan owned the building and sold it in 2008.

Early Bahne / Hynson

Check out this 1970-ish Bahne/Hynson with John Bredin art.

Stencil and airbrush on the hotcoat.

Good early example of surfing entering the psychedelic era.

 

Replica Hynson Dolphin Fin by Fins Unlimited.

 

Bahne Surfboards in Encinitas had cutting edge performance designs led by Mike Hynson and Bill Bahne.

 

This board is on display at Corner Pizza in Leucadia, CA

 

Corner Pizza (on the corner of Jason St & Coast Highway 101)

8’2” Skip Frye

Late 80’s or early 90’s Skip Frye K-Model.
The iconic wings logo with t-band stringer.
Subtle beak nose.
Custom leash cup placement.
The deck also has a fun pair of mini wings logos.
Red airbrush bottom. Glass-on tri-fin.
Skip’s tri-fin template is about flow and efficiency. Bonus: fin logos!
Glassed at Joe Roper’s shop.
Classic pencil logo on the bottom, taped off for the airbrush.
Red is fast.
This board was ridden and loved. Has the normal wear and tear of a board 25-30 years old. Watertight.

Green Apprentice

7’6” Surfy Surfy Apprentice model.
The Apprentice is a refined “midlength/egg/funboard” type surfboard.
2+1 setup.
Suggested 3.25” sidebites w/6.5”-7” center fin.
The dims.
Shaped by local shaper, Todd McFarland who has years of experience doing production work for respectable labels.
The Surfy Staff of Ra logo by artist Travis Selvilla.
The Surfy Apprentice model will help you on your journey to becoming a surfy master.
Available exclusively at The Board Source in Carlsbad, CA.

90’s GH Bonzer

The late 80’s / early 90’s transition was a cool time in surfing for board design and graphics.
The Moonlight Glassing team was firing on all cylinders.
Giant logos ruled the day.
With this logo the 1979 Moonlight logo met the future primitive style of the 80’s. Usually found on longboards, this one found it’s way on this 6’6”.
When Malcolm Campbell started bringing shaped blanks to Moonlight Glassing from Oxnard, he shared the secrets of the 5 fin Bonzer with Gary Hanel who quickly adopted it.
The carbon fiber Bonzer side fins were standard in this era, little bit more rare is the glass-on center fin with lightweight foam insert by Jack Jensen.
Anyone else miss the old large size leash cups?
GH’s signature has not changed. Also, Moon Frog and Surfrider Foundation.
A little bit of ding repair and this thing can shred again.