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6’5 T&C Stinger by Glenn Minami made in the early 1970s. This board has been fully restored by our surfboard restoration expert with over 30 years of experience.
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Glenn Minami: Born in 1950 in Honolulu , Hawaii, Glenn Minami started surfing at 14 and shaping at 18. At the time, the craft was in major flux as the Shortboard Revolution of the 1960’s ravaged the design status quo. By 1973, Minami had graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in accounting before diving full on into a shaping career. At island board building institution Town & Country, Minami spent a decade honing his craft and building his reputation as one of most innovative and consistent shapers in Hawaii.
According to Matt Warshaw, Minami earned the nickname “Xerox” for his skill at re-producing magic shapes. By 1984, Minami began to shape his own future, launching Blue Hawaii surfboards. Pottz jumped ship from T&C to stick with Minami which proved a fateful decision. In 1989, Potter won 4 of the first 5 contests of the year on a quiver of Minami shapes. Sporting webbed gloves and long hair and with his flaming Blue Hawaii under foot, Martin Potter staged one of surfing’s most decisive and dramatic attacks on the world title. The same year, competitive and soul surf icon Cheyne Horan hopped on a Minami shape and won the prestigious Billabong Pro. The potential of Minami’s shapes could not be denied, and since then throngs of superstars and underground rippers have lined up for Minami’s shapes.
Read the full article @ Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing… http://www.worldchampionsofsurfing.com/glenn-minami-biography/