School me, please: late 60s / early 70s

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Chilly Willy, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy Well-Known Member

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    I bought this old 7'4" Jacobs from my neighbor several years ago. After a few years, I finally got around to bringing this over to my ding guy for repair. Now that she's finally seaworthy, I'm waiting for a decent swell. In meantime, I'd love to hear some story about these kinds of boards. I'm thinking late 60s, early 70s and I seem to know that it's generally a stepping stone in the shortboard revolution. It's got an S-deck and WAVE Set fin. It feels chunky, yet the rails feel refined, when under the arm. All the local old timers that I've talked to about it say, "Ooh, you'll have fun on that!"

    What say you? Anything would be cool - board information, ride tips, historical anecdotes, etc.

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  2. SeniorGrom

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    Just having that fin is worth it. You got the time period right. The WaveSet box narrows the time frame when the board was made. I say '69-'70. Some here on the forum know more about dating the board. Similar to the Weber SKI, Hobie Silver Bullet, G&S Magic, and more.
     
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  3. soul_glide

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  4. strez

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    That is a score! A decent swell will make that come alive. That fin is sweet, too.

    Friend of mine has a slightly older 8 ft Jacobs yard sale find ($25) that we rescued from a windsurf conversion attempt. We put a modern fin box in it and it is his favorite board. It finds and loves the pocket.

    Enjoy the swoop!
     
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  5. pefa

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    IMG_3292.JPG I ❤️ Trannies

    Great community of trannies out there- go both ways, like juice and midsize waves, just don't like any chop (but that's just prob my shortfallings), very sensitive that way. HUGE variation in belly/hull/rails/orange sunshine ingestion/ brotherhood of eternal light connections. JP & Nuuhiwa look similar on initial appearances/pic, but keep in mind the trannie concept and what was going on in that realm - totally different beasts underneath- SO much going on in that time period impossible to put a single label on design. Highly recommend listening to nobody and play with fins and find what FEELS best for you. I have some different sizes/flex/ variset inserts you can borrow
     
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  6. pefa

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    Also, keep eternal eyes out for those misty Doyle waveset's that have modified short base and multiple holes drilled in for variable placement- a few kicking around in a couple of different speed templates like the one you have. Does yours flex a lot? Keep fin out of sun. SCORE brotherman!!!
     
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  7. pefa

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    IMG_3293.JPG Context- one of my favorite all time pics.

    Skunkworks had nothing on these cats. On a mildly related side note, check out 'chasing the lotus'.....
     
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  8. Veterano

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    Early '70s. Hap had most likely already left the building. I could not tell you who was shaping then as I had also already left. That plan shape holds up. Worked then and works now.
    Widen the tail a bit, change the rocker, foil, materials, etc. and you have a Vaquero. IMO, those fins were crap.
     
  9. pefa

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    Ditto what vet said about fin quality.... I'm sure he's forgotten more than I know.
    1 is none, 2 is 1- def have spares or good remakes. Don't think Erwin is making them anymore, Juan @ oneworld does real glass and has all the og templates, and, in my opinion, nostalgia and provenance aside, I prefer a more refined over time fin and customize onto waveset base as way to go- he'll or others can make modern template of choice measured cherry to fit into waveset box
     
  10. jdogger

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    I got a 7'6" Rick Dru Harrison Roundtail in December of 1968 with a very similar outline. The Rick had an s deck and then down super hard in the tail. The bottom in the tail area was flat as a pancake. Looking at the Vaquero that I have now, I see a lot of similarity. The Waveset G&S high performance fin was so flexy throughout that you could flex it almost to about 60 degrees. I have a couple of old Polaroids and I'll see if I can post them up.
     

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