We had Alex Knost drop by last week. Dynamic visit. He rocked in with his favourite shorty of the moment… a 1971 San Juan shaped by my very good friend John Blanch. When Blanchy married a Coff's chick and moved closer to his other love… the snow… I took over his job in January 1972. This board was Blanchy's usual very tidy, very spot-on shape, with classy rocker and rails. Very balanced for the era, or for any era. Blanchy was a real natural.
The board he brought into Bill's glassing room caused a stir. Billy came over and checked it, identifying it as his glass job. Our glosser/fin installer Mal 'Buggo' Bugden piped up from the sidelines "I wet rubbed that board before glossing. I used to pop around after school and do all the wet rubs."
Bill pointed out the incredibly fine resin pin line. "That's a JT pin line for sure". JT, or John Thomas was the best resin pin liner in the land, and was a great friend until he passed away from cancer ten years ago. John also owned San Juan a couple of years after this sweet board was made.
Al surfed it at Noosa the way it deserved to be ridden… par excellence. It's so cool to see great timeless designs being appreciated again. Just a truly classy performer.