Single Fins. Past, present, future. Show us what you got...
So as a child of the seventies, my first surfboard was a Russel single fin. 7'2\". Beat up, but ride-able.Took it home, fixed all dings with my dads Bondo, and proceeded to paint bottom and rails blue. White deck with a blue Lightning bolt. My first board. And also my first airbrush job. Surfed it for a year and traded it for a Twin-fin. Which I also painted. But that's a different story. Since then I have always had a love for single fins. Their lines and the simplicity of one fin. And the ride. The way they flow. and smooth out your style. Not to mention how they ride the tube! So the last couple years I have built a few. Mostly pintails. Some sorta retro. Some very modern. Here's a few.
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My uncle had a McCoy single Circa 1972-4 or something like that. It must have been around 6'8 to 7', leash loop hole cut into the fin, and I absolutely freaking loved riding it. Too bad it was underneath a house that got demolished after Hurricane Fran and no one was around to save it....
When I was a grom my folks used to ground me from riding my shortboard if I got below a B in a class, was late for something and/or for one of the many, many times I did something to piss them off. This McCoy was my go-to board for the days I was grounded. I surfed it in anything from knee high wind slop, chunky and closed out hurricane swell and super long mushburgers in the various inlets I surf. It was lightning fast and actually turned pretty easy thanks to my uncle's home-grown/shade tree diy cut out fin. Oh man, the memories.
I've never seen another board like it, and I've been looking for a long, long time.
Barry, if you ever want to take a trip to the world's most exotic surf destination--Cape Fear area, NC--you've got a free place to stay, free food, free booze and a couple fishing trips thrown in just let me know.
All you have to do is bring at least one of each design. I understand the airlines and/or shipping may be pricey, so I'll be sympathetic if you have to leave a hand full of boards here... I'll try and make room for them...
Dang those boards are pretty. That yellow SF would look great in the corner next to my prized mexican velvet Elvis painting. I wouldn't feel right waxing and denting them all up. Do you do quick and dirty clear sanded finish? Something I can get to know and wouldn't feel bad about putting my stupid knee dents in? Or when my kids wack it on the beach access. Or drop a pyramid sinker on the bottom like a dagger. Or throw a beach chair on top of it in the van. Or push it with their knuckle to see if it will dent. Or nose dive in the shorebreak and break the tip off.