Bill is best known, as one of the select group of surfers who made names for themselves surfing the large waves of Hawaii’s, North Shore during the 1970s. He is also widely regarded as one the worlds premier surfboard designers and shapers, dominating in that position from the mid ’70s to early ’80s. Bill’s athletic interests have spanned a broad spectrum of multi-sport activities, including respect as one of Hawaii’s top yachtsmen and expert class, motorcycle trial riders. Bill’s zeal for life and commitment to live it expansively, is obvious in everything he does, easily spilling over onto those around him.
Originally a machinist by trade, Bill left that rigid environment for one with greater artistic freedom – designing and building the softer curves of surfboards and other watercraft. His familiarity with the precise use of measurements led to his development of “Measurement Controlled Shaping” which when introduced to others in the ’80s, revolutionized the world of surfboard design and shaping. Educated in Computer Science at BYU Hawaii, Bill’s fascination with computers and Graphic Design uniquely linked the diverse environments of his automated machine world with the more esoteric realms of art and design.
KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)
Length: 6′ 10″
Width: 19″ 3/4
Thickness: 2″ 1/4
This is one of very few cleaner 1970’s Bill Barnfield Bolts that still out there. All original with some minor fixer up ding repairs. Cool yellow fiberglass glassed-in fin. Bolt rail pin lines with the traditional bolt on bottom. I acquired this out of the Bobby Digital Collection OC. This is a rare find, wing-swallow tail shape with the unique color combo of brown, green and yellow. What do you think? (o) 7.5