Lightning Bolt by Tom Parrish | All original (mid 1970s)


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7’0 Lightning Bolt shaped by Tom Parrish in the mid 1970s. The board is in excellent all original condition with only a few minor dings that have been repaired.

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The world’s most popular surfboard shaper of the mid-1970s, and a virtual one-stop equipment source for the era’s top pros; described by Surfingmagazine as the “Man With the Red-Hot Planer.”

Parrish was born (1951) and raised in Southern California, began surfing at age 12 while on vacation in Waikiki, and started making boards at 17. He moved to Hawaii in 1969 and over the next three years worked for Surf Line Hawaii and Country Surfboards, before moving to Lightning Bolt. “Gerry Lopez taught me how to shape a board without measuring anything,” Parrish told a reporter, “the idea was, you could get a good board just by look and feel.”

In 1975, Parrish made full quivers for Jeff Hakman, Mark Richards, Ian Cairns, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend, Wayne Bartholomew, and Margo Oberg, among others. He was best known for his elegant rounded-pintail big-wave guns and semi-guns; he also developed into an excellent surfer, and often shared the lineup with his patrons at breaks like Sunset Beach and Honolua Bay. Parrish mentored or influenced dozens of shapers, including Phil Byrne, Bill Barnfield, and Jim Banks.

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

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