This one of a kind surfboard has a fabulous California history. Found in the Topanga Canyon backyard of legendary surfer and shaper Robbie Dick in the early 1970s; this stripped-down longboard was re-shaped into a transitional shorter board in the late 1960s. "Re-shapping" was a common practice back in the day as perfectly good longboards were aplenty and were often reworked into shorter more modern shapes.
This 7'7" board has been in the possession of no other than Mr. Dog Town himself, Skip Engblom since the 1970s. About 5 years ago he set about creating this wonderful work of art with the addition of his graphics and restoration.
While what first might catch the eye is the amazing art and great overall look... Skip points out the merits of the original board: the V- bottom, the original giant raked fin, the unusual stringer bands in blue and clear that converge toward the center before widening again and the Proud "JR 69" on the tail (probably the re-shapers initials) making this board a perfect candidate and canvas for his work.
The Artwork speaks for itself, with an amazing use of color, a superb balance of subtlety, vibrance and energy in the design. We especially love how the "the genius club graphic" and the Hunter S. Thompson newspaper type is incorporated under the glass. Signed along the stringer "Skipperboy Engblom."
There is simply no other board like this one. In our opinion Skips place as a historian of surfing, 1960/70s Popular Culture and knowledge of socio-economic California make him a Local, State and National Treasure. He's a friend of ours, we love him and this board. Skip Engblom: Skip was the co-founder of Jeff Ho surfboards and owner of Zephyr Productions Surf Shop in Santa Monica California. Skip was the owner of the Zephyr skateboard team and a mentor to hundreds of local skateboard kids.
He currently owns Santa Monica Airlines a skateboard company. Skip's Zephyr skateboard team was known as Z-Boys. Team riders included Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta and Jeff Ho. Skip is an accomplished surfer, he is featured regularly in competitions and regularly surfed "The Cove", a Locals only, ugly surf spot in the remains of the burned down Lick Pier and Pacific Ocean Park Pier on the borders of Santa Monica and Venice in California. His antics and those of his Skate Team gave birth to both the "Lords of Dogtown" and "Dogtown and Z- Boys" movies, in which Skip had cameo roles. Whenever this era and subject are documented, researchers make one call....... Skip Engblom! This board carries his mark and the touch of his artistry; as such we view it as a truly rare cultural icon and we hope that you do too.
Measures: 93 in. long x 24 in. wide x 16 in. deep
Center of board is 2" deep. End of board + fin = 16" deep.
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