Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Lightning Bolt by Barry Kanaiaupuni

This is a BK Bolt I got recently in a board swap. The board has been over here in the UK since the 80s. It was brought back by a guy who was on holiday on the North Shore , and purchased from a 2nd hand rack , probably for not much money . It was obviously well used and had some North Shore poundings including a deep fin cut in the left hand rail .
Ever since I watched Freeride (about 40 times) I have quite fancied having a bolt , but never wanted to pay the prices or the shipping from the US, so was lucky to get this one. After restoration it should be much improved . Dims are 6'8 x 19 ; BK was famous for riding super narrow boards ( as narrow as 17 inches) at Sunset from the late 60s through the 70s .If Lopez was Mr Pipe, BK was Mr Sunset , and his Bolts are pretty rare and sought after. This one has an unusual brown tint on the deck, red pinline , white tinted rails and bottom and a lovely glassed in fin . Date for the board must be around 1974 ? since it has an early leash plug and glass in fin rather than finbox. It is signed by Barry by the logo and has a copyright c below the logo (this may be because other board companies were copying the bolt logo and cashing in on Bolt's success.)

BK and Hendrix, from "Fluid Drive" from ENCYCLOPEDIA of SURFING videos on Vimeo.

BK at Sunset laying it over, on the limits of what his board could handle . Fully committed . Photo by Art Brewer, 1971.
Surfer mag 1972
Surfer mag, 1973

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