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Chuck Vinson Lightning Bolt

"I met Chuck Vinson in 71’ when I moved back to town and we became friends. I learned all I could from him. He was older and more experienced than me. I could never do any step as well as him, but neither could anyone else! Chuck came o the North Shore in 73’ and landed a gig making Lightning Bolts for Jack Shipley. Keep in mind that the Bolt was the number one most recognized label at the time in all of surf culture. Only 10 or 12 guys were good enough to fill the position of making Bolts. Chuck made many of the high-end Bolts that brought an extra $35 due to the quality. That was a lot of extra cash in those days. Shipley even had Vinson fill in for Gerry Lopez (the head shaper); while he was surfing Ulu, Chuck shaped his orders!

Chuck later returned to Santa Cruz where he made boards for O’Neill along with his custom orders before finally returning to Ventura with his wife Linda where he continued to build boards for his loyal followers.

I thank him for the inspiration he has given me."

–Shaper, Marc Andreini, from his forthcoming book, due out next spring entitled "The Gift."

Thank you to Chuck for donating this beautiful board, to Skip Saenger for arranging the donation, to Mark Andreini for the words and to Scott Bass to delivering it to SHACC.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Vinson passed away this morning.

June 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Deadshaper said...

Chuck was a longtime friend since the days of Thought Surfboards down by the SB Courthouse. He was a quintessential craftsman, and I remember him calling me up once and asking me how I was doing my pinlines so perfect. This came as quite a surprise, as his quality was off the Richter scale, and I took it as a great compliment. I guess that event is really symbolic of how discerning a craftsman Chuck was. In fact, when I took over O'neill's in 1980-81, and revamped the surfboard program, I included Chuck among a very select group of guys making boards for the O'neill label including Croteau, Thomas, Schroedel, Coletta, & Andreini, and Junod. Chuck will be missed.

June 28, 2017 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a paddle out for Chuck, Sept 3rd at Faria.

August 17, 2017 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a glorious day for the perfect paddle out. I have kept his shaping room just as he left it, shorts and slaps by the door, covered in foam dust. Chuck was as good a husband as he was a shaper. Thank you all for the hundreds of wonderful tributes. With gratitude, Lynda Blue Vinson

September 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM  

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