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LIGHTNING BOLT LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR SERIES


Lightning Bolt invited five of the most unique, inspirational and legendary shapers ever to shape a surfboard of the era that they personally find emblematic. It took three years and a lot of courtesies to have a Collector Series Pipeliners including the most memorable Bolt boards of all time. Now we will show these master pieces to the World.

We thank Gerry Lopez, Barry Kanaiaupuni, Tom Parrish, Rory Russell and Reno Abellira for this special collaboration. We’re humbled and grateful. 

Gerry Lopez Gerry Lopez Pipeliner

Gerry’s Pipeliner

7'6" LONG / 19" WIDE / 4" THICK

Mr. “Pipeline” himself, the pirate who discovered a new frontier at Banzai Pipeline, and co-founder of Lightning Bolt Surfboards, shaped this master-piece as a benchmark for the transition into the short board phenomenon. Lopez introduces some of the first down rail rocker elements seen in performance guns to date. 

“These surfboards were the state of the art back in the 1970's when Jack Shipley and I started Lightning Bolt Unlimited, Surf Co. Inc. The pintail shapes were designed specifically for the riding the tube at the Pipeline, something that had not been done with a lot of success before that time. The sleek look of the shapes as well as the uniquely individual color work of the glass jobs had tremendous appeal to surfers visiting Hawaii from all over the US and other parts of the world. We sold a lot of these racy pintails because they looked great all lined up in the racks of our shop. Many of them ended up at beaches on the East Coast of America, Australia, England, Japan and other places where they really were unsuited for the local waves. They did, however, still look good on any beach anywhere.”

 Barry Kanaiaupuni  Barry Kanaiaupuni Pipeliner

BK’s Big Red

8'1" LONG / 18.5" WIDE / 4" THICK

This board was the tried and true Sunset Beach design for the legendary Barry Kanaiaupuni or “BK”. Control oriented down rails on narrower template placed this big wave gun beyond its era for performance in larger and steeper waves. While it’s back pin lines and drop-shadow Bolt give it that ever so classic touch.     

“This board was my tried and true Sunset Beach design. I rode it from 8 feet to 12 feet, sometimes up to 15' Good for late take offs and deep bottom turns. During this era I was shaping boards for Lightning Bolt Surfboards in Hawaii. I shaped my first board as a wood shop project in the 8th grade in 1958 with a draw knife (which was the tool of the day) and continued to fool around shaping and reshaping my balsa boards. I learned to use a skill 100 planer in 1964 while skinning blanks at Hobie's in Dana Point for Phil Edwards, Terry Martin & some others. In 1967 I lived at Sunset Point, rode my bike to Pipeline where my shaping room was and shaped 3 boards a week for Rick Surfboards for $75. In 2 years, Guns went from 11 feet down to 8 feet and some sizes in between. From 22 plus wide to 18 1/2 wide, from 4 inches thick to under 3. Big changes and boundary shifts in shaping boards. I rode this type of board at Sunset Beach as big as it got from 69 thru the 70's with just a few refinements along the way. Many shapers and surfers contributed and inspired on my journey: Dick Brewer let me watch, Mike Diffenderfer gave me my first real template, Mike Hynson low rails, George Downing mentor and 1st foam board. These are just a few of many I respect. Aloha B.K.”   

Tom Parrish Tom Parrish Pipeliner

Tom’s Pipeliner

7'7" LONG / 19" WIDE / 3.5" THICK

One of the most unique and evolutionary shapers of a generation, Tom Parrish has done it once again. His skill and unmatched determination for the art of shaping big wave guns is now available as a Lightning Bolt classic. Designed for maximum control with minimum effort, we bring you the Pipeline Classic.    

“It took me a year of trying to get to be a part of Lightning Bolt, I never took for granted the honor of being one of the shapers. When longboards gave way to mini guns in the late 60s they retained the width and oval outlines. As surfers needed boards capable of handling greater speeds, outlines, especially tails, became narrower and bottom shapes went from rolled to firm, turned down rails. At first these shapes were somewhat crude but the basic single fin semi gun design had been carved out and would remain the standard until about 1980. Throughout the 70s this design was continually improved and refined in many ways to the point where even today some of these boards look like something you would like to ride. The boards we made for you are meant to approximate the late 1970s when single fins were at their most refined state just before thrusters came into popularity. The rockers had increased from the early 70s and the rails had become more tapered and sensual. Foils improved greatly with the beak noses becoming more subtle. Many bottom rockers adopted a 3 stage curve where the area below center until just in front of the fin became straighter with the tail rocker increasing from there to the tail. Deck rockers went from the camel hump to closely matching the bottom rockers, giving the boards a more responsive and looser feel. Hopefully the boards represent these concepts and the work we were doing at the time.” 

Rory Russell Rory Russell Pipeliner

Rory's Pipeliner

7'11" LONG / 19" WIDE / 4" THICK

Living legend and two-time champion of the Pipeline Masters, Rory Russell has made a name for himself by shaping one of the most emblematic Lightning Bolt surfboards ever, the super pinny performance driven Pipeliner. After more that 30 years, he is back again with Lightning Bolt that never really left his heart.

“We all know the surfboard makes the surfer.
Each surfer is as unique as is his need for a unique board to accommodate his abilities and style. It takes a lot of understanding, on all aspects, for the shaper to make the proper surfboard.
Nothing is more important than experience. Trial and error. What works and what doesn't. 
No place better for a proving ground than Hawaii. The variety and consistency of surf provides the ideal testing ground for surfboards, of all shapes and sizes, the Birthplace of Lightning Bolt Surfboards. The shortboard revolution and the emergence of independent surfboard makers accelerated surf design. And Lightning bolt was at the forefront. Gerry, Reno, B.K., Tom Parrish and myself put countless surfers on the best boards they ever had. You gotta have a pure source and surfing in Hawaii is about as pure as you can get. It is an Honor for me to produce The Collectors Series with "our old gang". Classics only get classier. Aloha Rory.”   

Reno Abellira Reno Abellira Pipeliner

Reno’s Mark Richards Model

7'7" LONG / 19" WIDE / 4" THICK

Reno brings a fresh eye to the Lightning Bolt classic quiver with his rounded pin tail fully streamline with two channeled wings for drive and control. The glasses-in fin is specially positioned to maximize drag in the tube and smooth bottom-turns. Its double white and black pin lines on the classic two-tone finish it with equal style.

“For five years through Lightning Bolt Hawaii, well before he officially became his own shaper and almost until the first of his amazing four consecutive world championships in 1979 ('80,'81, and '82),  Australian Mark Richards ordered his North shore board quivers almost exclusively from me. (…) Mark ordered boards from me that were wider and thicker, "scaled-up" versions of boards that were already solid standards in my personal quiver. (…) We collaborated on progressions of that same design for several winters in a row, refining and tweaking until everything came together on his winter '76 model. This is the board that he achieved the most success on and received the most visual impact in magazines and movies for riding, so much so that my nickname for the board is the "Free Ride" Special commemorating his featured surfing on it in the '77 surf flick of the same title by Bill Delaney. (…) Perhaps it was just MR finally finding his true form on it, shedding the wounded seagull stigma for something more like a practiced Bird of Prey at full speed kill velocity. That's maybe a bit dramatic but I can't remember a board I was ever prouder to have my logo on for someone that wasn't me.”

For more information please contact infoboards@lightningbolt.eu.com