Town & Country (T&C) thruster by Dennis Pang (1988)

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Town & Country (T&C) Pro Series Super-Lite 6’2 thruster shaped by Dennis Pang in 1988. Featuring a vibrant yellow airbrush design on deck with glass on thruster fin setup. All original condition. Use as a functional surfboard or decorative surfboard art piece!

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History of Town & Country surfboards

Town and Country Surf Designs‭ (‬T&C Surf‭) ‬is a globally known manufacturer of surfboards and apparel.‭ ‬T&C‭’‬s roots go back to‭ ‬1971‭ ‬when Craig Sugihara opened his first surf shop in Hawaii.‭ ‬The beginnings of this project were simple‭ ‬-‭ ‬an old barbershop in Pearl‭ ‬City worked as the original storefront.‭ ‬The company soon expanded into a full line of surf-wear and surfing accessories and now has retail stores in many places around the world,‭ ‬such as Japan,‭ ‬Australia,‭ ‬and Brazil.

Craig Sugihara‭’‬s relationship with the ocean and surfing started long before entering the surf business.‭ ‬Although he wasn‭’‬t a competitive surfer in his early years,‭ ‬he recalls surfing being an essential part of his life.‭ ‬Surfing defined Craig Sugihara‭’‬s career,‭ ‬lifestyle,‭ ‬achievements,‭ ‬and spirit.‭ ‬He also had a passion for creating quality equipment.‭ ‬Soon he picked up the anatomy of the surfboard and learned about what impacted it’s performance.‭ ‬Young Craig would watch Joe Kuala at Surfboards Makaha,‭ as well as‬ Sparky and Ben Aipa shaping surfboards.‭ ‬Around the same time,‭ ‬he found an old,‭ ‬long forgotten,‭ ‬brown board at the neighbor‭’‬s house and gave it new life.‭ ‬This was a significant event that influenced the future of T&C surf.‭ ‬Craig‭’‬s second board was shaped from a blank purchased from Surfline Hawaii.‭ ‬By chance,‭ ‬Greg Noll Surfboards had just lost a laminator around the same time.‭ ‬Craig showed his work to Greg and got the job-‭ ‬one step closer to his goal.‭ ‬At this new workplace,‭ ‬he came across many people that would play key roles in surfing’s development-‭ ‬including Randy Rarick,‭ ‬surf promoter and Director of the Triple Crown of Surfing‭; ‬and Buffalo Keaulana,‭ ‬Makaha‭’‬s ambassador of surfing.‭ ‬A few years later,‭ ‬he was offered a position with Mystic Surfboards in Waianae.‭ ‬Soon thereafter Craig was shaping for several local standouts,‭ ‬and about one year later,‭ ‬he opened his own shop.

T&C surfboards was born. ‬The name expressed the shop‭’‬s position between the two headquarters of surf on Oahu‭ ‬-‭ ‬Town‭ & ‬Country.‭ ‬Many people were attracted to T&C,‭ ‬not only because of its ideal location but also thanks to their exceptional quality boards.‭ ‬At first,‭ ‬shapers like Glenn Minami and Barry Kanaiaupuni helped Craig meet increasing demand.‭ ‬The logo of Town and Country Surfboards‭ (‬the unmistakable Yin-Yang symbol‭)‬,‭ ‬suggested by a t-shirt artist,‭ ‬has a powerful graphic character and deep significance.‭ ‬It‭’‬s simple and relevant to surfing-‭ ‬balance.‭ ‬This balance has defined the evolution of Town‭ & ‬Country over the years.

T&C‭’‬s alumni of surfers is‭ ‬impressive‭; ‬Larry “Rubberman” Bertlemann,‭ ‬Dane Kealoha,‭ ‬Marvin Foster,‭ ‬Matt Archbold,‭ ‬Christian Fletcher,‭ ‬Sunny Garcia,‭ ‬Ben Aipa,‭ ‬Johnny Boy Gomes,‭ ‬Chris Ward,‭ ‬Bobby Martinez,‭ ‬Shea Lopez,‭ ‬Kahea Hart,‭ ‬Martin Potter,‭ ‬Ross Williams and the‭ ‬2018‭ ‬WSL Big Wave World Champion Billy Kemper, to name a few.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1976,‭ ‬Tak Kawahara became a co-owner of Town‭ & ‬Country Surfboard‭’‬s wholesale department and established the apparel brand,‭ ‬which developed into one of the top five brands in the global surfwear industry.‭ ‬T&C also expanded the product line by introducing surf watches,‭ ‬beach sandals,‭ ‬and school stationery accessories‭ (‬all of which were the first of their kind in the industry‭)‬.‭ ‬The late‭ ‬80s were a golden era for T&C on the North Shore of Oahu.‭ ‬During this time,‭ ‬young‭ ‬team riders Matt Archbold and Christian Fletcher,‭ ‬nicknamed the‭ ‬“Air Brigade‭”‬ were taking surfing to new levels.‭ ‬This new radical surfing attracted many shapers and team riders to Town‭ & ‬Country.‭ ‬Around this time, Sunny Garcia was also signed to the Town‭ & ‬Country team,‭ ‬and under the coaching of Ben Aipa he went on to win the World Title in the year 2000.

‬T&C Surf Designs mission is to share and maintain the spirit and aloha of the Hawaiian surfing lifestyle.‭ ‬Like its characteristic Yin and Yang logo,‭ ‬the brand has remained balanced,‭ ‬and true to their roots.‭ ‬This balance has led to a highly successful global brand and will continue to define the growth of T&C for generations to come.

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