Rory Russell model Lightning Bolt 5’9 Twin-fin by Tom Eberly (1982)


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Rory Russell model lightning bolt made in 1982. This board is all original and in great shape with no major damage/repairs done. Shaped by Tom Eberly.

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Happy, hedonistic tube riding specialist from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii; Pipeline Masters winner in 1976 and 1977. Russell was born (1953) in Würzburg, West Germany, the son of an army attaché, and grew up in military bases in Kansas and Pennsylvania before moving to Oahu with his family at age 10. He began surfing the following year, and in 1968 at age 15, Russell and his family moved to the North Shore beachfront, next doo to Jock Sutherland, the just-crowned winner of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational. Sutherland, the era’s best tube rider, became Russell’s informal mentor.

Known throughout his career as “The Dog,” the smoky-voiced Russell earned a reputation as the ultimate surf world Bacchus. “No matter what time of day or night it is,” surf journalist Phil Jarratt wrote in 1980, “chances are he’ll be talking, surfing, or partying at full throttle.” In the early and mid-’80s, he was paid to be the jet-setting bon vivant surfer-frontman for Lighting Bolt, the fading Hawaii-based surfboard and surfwear giant. He later earned a living by running North Shore fishing charters.

In 2009, Lightning Bolt, back from the dead, again tapped Russell to be a brand rep, this time for their European arm. He’s also worked as a surf instructor since the 1980s, and runs the Rory Russell surf School at Kona, Hawaii. 

Russell appeared in more than two dozen surf movies, including Cosmic Children (1970), Five Summer Stories (1972), Fluid Drive (1974), Super Session (1975), and Fantasea (1978).

Read the full article @ Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing…

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