Just Found..............Re-Discovered

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thrailkill's picture
Joined: 05/07/2004

I've only seen photo's, but it will soon be on display at Bird's Surf Shed.        It is my personal 1971, nine foot long, by twenty inch wide Waimea Gun.      The board was made for 30 foot Waimea.         It has the Surf Systems label on it, with a clip from the Hawaii state flag.         This is the ONLY foam gun I ever made in these dimensions.       It is a point and shoot needle.    I was just thirty years old, when I made that board.      I often wondered what ever became of that surfboard.       That board is now 48 years old.      Tempis fugit.

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WideAWAKE's picture
Joined: 02/20/2013

That’s awesome!! 

Hope I can check it out when I’m down there next 

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Joined: 05/07/2004

WideAWAKE wrote:
Hope I can check it out when I’m down there next
Bird says he wants to take it to the Del Mar Boardroom, in May.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 03/25/2006

I hope someone posts photos of the board.

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resinbutt's picture
Joined: 06/17/2013

Did u evr sirf it, en da wild sirf o waimeia?

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Joined: 05/07/2004

resinbutt wrote:

Did u evr sirf it, en da wild sirf o waimeia?

No, Jay.       I did not.      I took the board to the North Shore in 1971, and 1972.         In '71, Waimea did not break, when I was there.        In December  '72, the North Shore was 10 days of Kona winds, rain and storm.       I gave up, and came home.      I never even unpacked the board.       Luck of the draw.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 08/09/2013

So, how did the board end up coming full circle? Was it Bird that brought it home? Pretty cool 

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Joined: 05/07/2004

phebus wrote:

 Was it Bird that brought it home? 

Thus far, the back story is not known.        A long time friend of Bird, came up with the board, and sent photos to Bird.        Long story short, they agreed to a trade, and now Bird is the owner of the board.     I hope to see it again, in the next few days.        A photo shoot is planned.     I'm sure Bird will later post photo's, on his website.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 05/22/2004

So i’m wondering about the board after you left the North Shore.  If you didn’t surf it in 72 , did you bring it back to the Mainland?  Did you ride it on the Mainland?  Maybe big Windansea or La Jolla Cove?  Did you sell the board?  What happened to it after you got it back to the Mainland?  Foam board, what stringer set up and fin?

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That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.

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McDing wrote:

So i’m wondering about the board after you left the North Shore.  

The board has a 1/4th inch RW stringer.        My daily driver then was a 7' 10'' x 21'' sq tail, so I would not have been riding such an extreme board, in the local surf.       I can't remember if I left it there, to be sold, or brought it back and sold it.        It was before the days of ''quivers'', and my 7' 10'' could handle anything in the local waters.       The board was a single fin.      No leash plug.       You would not want a circa 1971/72 era leash on you, in the intended waves.     Like you, I too am wondering about the board, after it left my posession.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 08/09/2013

And, what condition is it in now?

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phebus wrote:

And, what condition is it in now?

From the photo's I've seen, it has a few rail dings.       I spoke to Bird several minutes ago, and he expects to have the board in his hands by Sunday.         He will notify me, and we'll take some photo's, that we will then post on Swaylock's.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 06/17/2013

We be a dying fer dem pics.

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resinbutt wrote:

We be a dying fer dem pics.

Be patient, young man.       Be patient.       It will happen.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 05/22/2004

I’ve got a pile of old magazines laying in a corner at the shop.  I ran across an old Surf systems add recently.

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McDing wrote:
  I ran across an old Surf systems add recently.

Was it the ''Surf Systems has the Juice'' ad,  with the gnarly hand crushing an orange, with the juice squirting out?

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 01/14/2006

I think I posted this before, years ago?
An old scan of an ad related to you, Bill.
From 1971

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Aloha Sammy,

Yes, that was the fin system I designed, developed, and marketed.        I had not seen that ad before.       I gave the system to Billy Caster, and Phil Castignola, and they formed Sea Sea Distributers.       The name refers to the first letter of thier last names.       Instead of  C  C   Distributors.       In Sept of 1971, I closed Surf Systems, and went into real estate.       When I say I gave the system to them, I did exactly that.       I never made anything from the system after that.         I was glad to see them get some mileage out of it.       Both Phil and Billy were two of the nicest people I ever dealt with in the surfing industry.       I was saddend by thier early passing.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 05/22/2004

Phil was a great guy and Select Surf Shop was core.  All the best boards by all the Local Boys.  Hamel’s Shop at the Pier and Bill Andrews and G&S down the street.  Tug’s on Thur. night and Maynard’s Fri.  The Point or the Pier every morning.

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Joined: 12/30/2005

When I was a kid I use to hang out at their shop on Midway dr in the old lumber yard. They had to move down the street when the freeway got built over the old shop.  

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Joined: 05/22/2004

I’ll look for it again.  Got a bunch of Mags From that era .  Bought a guys collection a few years ago.  Seems like I would remember the Orange thing.  I’ll take another look.  It was pretty recently.  It’s probably laying on top of the pile.

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Joined: 11/10/2013

You know I love my 7' Surf Systems! Does the gun have the same logo? Are there other "Surf Systems" logos that you used?

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thrailkill's picture
Joined: 05/07/2004

Aloha Smokey, 

What you have there is a 1969 Surf Systems.      That lettering font was called Caliope, and we only used it in 1969.         The 9 foot gun has a different letter font, along the deckside stringer, with a clip from the Hawaii State Flag.       I hope to have photo's this week.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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I went by Bird's shop today, Tuesday, expecting to see the board.        It has not been delivered yet.        Bird says it will be some time this week.          So, as soon as I know, I'll report it here.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Today, Wednsday, Bird called  to let me know that the board is in his shop.       I'm going to go there tomorrow.         It's been a long time, since I've seen that surfboard.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 08/09/2013

Bird posted the board up on his Instagram page. Great looking board in what appears to be really good condition considering it’s age. 

He has some really nice things to say about you too Bill. 

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Joined: 12/07/2009

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thrailkill's picture
Joined: 05/07/2004

Aloha Huck,

Thank you for posting up the photo's from Bird's site.      I went by his shop today, Thursday, his day off, so did not see him.        But, I did see the board.         I was impressed.      It has held up well.     I hope that after the board is repaired, that Bird or someone gets that board into some significant sized waves.     

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 03/25/2006

Sweet one. Makes me think of a board my brother had custom shaped by Harold Iggy in the mid 70's. If Bill's board was a pin it would look almost the same, but his is a bit longer.

Check out the leash and attachment. This was back in the early days of leashes. We used a long nylon cord inside of surgical rubber. These were deadly and I never used one in bigger days.

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I had a little business making those surgical tubing leashes with a leather ankle strap in 1972 in Huntington Beach. All the shops on Main Street were selling them. 

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McDing's picture
Joined: 05/22/2004

That is very nice.  My loss that I didn’t buy an Iggy when I had the chance.

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Joined: 03/18/2004

Cool story, Bill. Amazing how it came full circle. Mike

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Joined: 03/17/2004

Mr Bill - That board is a beauty!

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Joined: 05/07/2004

johnmellor wrote:
That board is a beauty!
  John, thank you.      I wish I still owned it.       Not as a rider, but as a sculpture.     I think it's a beauty too.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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The subject surfboard came to Bird, without a fin.       The board will be finned with a 7 5/8th inch deep fin, with a 6 inch base.         The fin is hollow, with black walnut scales, and is just under one inch thick.      It is very well foiled, by Bill Obayashi @ FU.     He has been foiling fins since at least 1967/68.  The fin will have a hydrodynamic matte finish.        The board will be surfed by Bird, after it is made water tight.      He is not planning to do a cosmetic restoration.       It has been fun, being re-involved with this surfboard.

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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lcc
Joined: 04/24/2008

bitchen lookin board, Bill, shaped with serious intentions

how we love surfboards, the totems of our tribe

run the hand down the rail of a cherished ride and the memory floodgates open

when the time draws near, will keep my early 60's Wardy parked where I can see it

gonna take my last ride on her, all the way to the other side

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lcc wrote:

gonna take my last ride on her, all the way to the other side

  Go out like a Viking !

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Bill Thrailkill SHAPER SINCE 1958
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Joined: 09/16/2006

Gotta take that one last ride...........................

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No; It's not an ironing board.