Looking for info on previous owners or shapers for the following labels

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Challenger
Surfboard Australia
Surfer Alliance
Progressive
Nectar
Plastic Fantastic
Wardy

We know what they are now, Im looking for the story of what they were and how this happened.

Looking to talk to the owners/previous owners and or people involved with those names.

Feel free to contact me at

jscottk@jscottk.com

(Im on your side by the way)

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Challenger was started by Bill Bahne (Fins Unlimited founder) and Frank McLeary. Later owned by Bobby Thomas.

Sfbds Australia was part of the Gordon and Smith company. Licensed from the OZ firm. Built in USA.

I'm pretty sure that Surfers Alliance was owned by Randy Rarick and someone else.

Are you saying that (fake) Wardy and Plastic Fantastic are being imported from China by the same Long Island scumbag who usurped those other labels? He's doing fake Natural Progressions, too. Or, is that what you meant by "Progressive"?

From what I've learned over time, just about all of those labels were not protected by trademark or copyright. Once they fell dormant, they became up for grabs. Still, while it might be technically legal, it stinks like hell, IMO. This same guy has a bad rep on Long Island. He's pulled some sleaze moves on his competitors and even ratted out a backyard builder that he thought was cutting into his customer base. I'm sure you know his name. Are you a lawyer (I hope)?

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No sorry not a laywer.

Working on a film project.

But that information is a great start thank you.

feel free to PM me

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Also, Nectar was founded by Gary McNabb. I'm pretty certain he still owns the label. Google that one.

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A good bit of Challenger info here (and some characters, and some stories...)http://www2.swaylocks.com/node/1028954


balsabill has told the SA story on some of the G&S threads here, he was there...


 

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"How this happpened"? What the hell happened?   What's that suppose to mean?  I don't think you have any idea what the status of these brands are and you are just" fishing" for A RIP-OFF.

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    Howzit Jscott, One of the original owners of Plastic Fantastic was Danny Callahan but I can't remember the name of his partner, brain freeze is setting in. Wardy was I believe Fred Wardy but may have the first name wrong.Aloha,Kokua

Aloha, Kokua

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Kokua is correct. Fred Wardy founded Wardy Surfboards. Formerly located at 525 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach.

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Dave Johnson has owned and operated(shaped) Progressive in Goleta Ca for as long as I have been surfing. Phil Di Bartolomeo(Rippin Stix) Helped Dave on occasion for big orders.

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You could just to the US PTO site and do a search..  If it's not active or has runout ------------file. 

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Thanks you guys.

The short answer of what and why Im doing this is.  I am researching the information for a short documentary on these trademarks and how they ended up on china built boards.  I live in Rockaway and know the basics of the story, now I am looking for the details and the truths.  Im hoping to keep the story as unbiasesd as I can and go on the real situations and facts. In the end I intend the documentaryto be a cautionary tale to young shapers to keep their company names legal and safe.

Thank you for th information, feel free to add more.

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