7’0″ Skip Frye egg.
“Falsa Balsa” airbrush, so it looks like you a shredding a solid wood board from afar. Sneaky!
Snazzy red glass-on tri-fin.
A sophisticated bottom concave system that is impossible to photograph and display on the internets.
Classic Skip rails for technical carving and trimming.
This is a 6’10” 1980s Skip Frye that I bought from a local guy this summer. It was fairly beat up so I gave it to ding repair dude, Jimmy Robertson to restore. Jimmy sanded the board, filled the dents and dings and re-glossed the bottom. It came out tight!
I rode it this morning, waves were high-tidy with wind on it, but fun enough. It’s really unique riding Skip’s rails. They hook up and trim high. They are not forgiving though and don’t allow for errors. This board is super fast and connected sections all the way to the beach.
This is an interesting board because as a tri-fin you can square off the bottom and head for the lip, but what to do when you get there? I actually did end up going almost vertical on one wave, you have to coast and slide back down. It does a nice craving roundhouse cutback if you use the swing weight properly.
But these boards aren’t for lippers goshdarnit, they are about speed, trim and flow.
6’10” x 21 1/2″ wide x 3″ thick.
Craigg picked up this early 1990’s Skip Frye up at a garage sale recently. As you can see this board spent many fine hours down at the beach and cooked a severe sun bleached bottom. Craig brought this board into the shop to get some ding repair done. Jimmy Robertson of Lokbox fin system happens to have a ding repair shop so we sent it to him to get fixed up. Jimmy ended doing a nice semi-restoration by re-sanding, re-glossing and re-polishing it. Now it’s all sealed up and ready slide another 20 years.
*On a related note, there is a slightly surreal cover story about getting a Skip Frye surfboard in this week’s San Diego Reader: I Finally Got Skip Frye to Make Me a Surfboard
This Skip Frye belonged to Moonlight Glassing sander Kenny Mann in the 80’s. It resurfaced in a Huntington Beach resale shop and few years ago and is now in the hands of Surfy Surfy team rider Justin Phillips who surfs it often.
Update: now resides on the wall of The Board Source in Carlsbad, Ca.
RIP Kenny Mann.