You know I love my 7' Surf Systems! Does the gun have the same logo? Are there other "Surf Systems" logos that you used?
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.
SHAPER SINCE 1958
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.
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.
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.
"...Swaylocks.com, a strange message board filled with a cast of eccentric, underground surfboard builders..." - Slide Magazine
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.
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.
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.
That is very nice. My loss that I didn’t buy an Iggy when I had the chance.