Dave's Quiver (or collection) of surfboards

Dave Catts learned to surf on the East Coast in the early 1970s by "renting" a board: the guy said, "If you rent it for a week, I'll let you have it".  It was a blue plastic-coated piece of trash, but it was My First Board: Nags Head, North Carolina and Cavalier Surf Shop.  Since then, Dave has surfed on the East Coast from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to the Virgins Islands.  He gave up surfing from 1977 to 2004 while raising a family, pursuing a professional career, and renovating homes.  The first "paddle out" in 2004 was during Hurricane Alex swells at the "First Jetty" in Buxton (Cape Hatteras), North Carolina ... then on to Candle Reef on the island of Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands ... then back to Hatteras.

Natural Art 6’ 4” shaped by Greg Loehr

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.50” Nose 13.50” Tail 13.25”

Serial number GL6420

Description: clear rails and orange deck, clear bottom; beautiful two-color blue and black pin-stripe detail along the rails.  This is an “original 1970 design” swallowtail shaped by East Coast Junior and Men’s Champion, Greg Loehr.  This is a “vintage board”; so it is a “museum piece” from my surfing days on Absecon Island with Steve Dwyer and Bill “Mel” Mellett; and a “quickie” tail repair done at Hatteras by Matt McAllister.  Ride this (carefully), and the Gods Smile!  It would be a great “First Ride of The Line” for any beginner; but handle it “like a museum piece”!  It is an “artifact piece of surfing history”; and not to be battered around by some grommet!  Board bag: Balin red/white logo’d 5mm, silver rip-stop, and Balin strap.

Natural Art 6’ 4” swallow-tail shaped by Rich Price

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.50” Nose 13.50” Tail 13.25”

Serial number 64C363

Description: cyan-blue rails, cyan-blue bottom, clear deck (no pigment), single-box fin; with a modern “NA” script logo on deck near the nose; and a small “Shaped by Rich Price” logo near the tail, along the rail.  This is a custom-shaped “retrospective 1970” design swallow-tail with a single-fin box; shaped by Rich Price in Indian River, Florida in the summer 2004 for Natural Art (pre-Rich Price Designs); and comes with two fins: a heavily-raked short white FCS fin with black layers at the tip, and long FCS blue Flex fin.  Great for shortboard beginners, makes wide arching cut-backs, very stable for larger waves; high rails and a “floater” (rides high in the water) for those smaller days: great “all-around” board for 140-160 pound riders.  Board bag: FCS “DayRunner” 5mm, blue with black piping and black bag nose.

Natural Art 6’ 4” swallow-tail shaped by Pete Dooley

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.50” Nose 13.00” Tail 12.75”

Serial number 64C43

Description: steel blue rails and steel blue bottom, clear deck, single box-fin with a modern eight-inch ‘ruggedized’ “Natural Art” script on the nose and underneath following the board stringer (axis).  This is a custom-shaped “retrospective 1970” design single-fin shaped by Pete Dooley in early 2006 at Natural Art in Cocoa Beach, Florida; and comes with a heavily-raked gray RPF 7.0 fin.  Great for shortboard beginners, makes wide arching cut-backs, very stable for larger waves; high rails and a “floater” for those smaller days: great “all-around” board for 140-160 pound riders.  Board bag: Surfdogz.com 10mm (thick for “shipping” a board), gray cloth with black piping.

Natural Art 6’ 4” swallow-tail shaped by Pete Dooley

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.50” Nose 13.00” Tail 13.00”

Serial number 64C180

Description: lime green rails, lime green bottom, clear deck (no pigment), single-box fin, with a retro two-inch “Natural Art” script on the nose and underneath perpendicular to the board stringer (width); and script “Dave Catts” along the stringer tail. This is a custom-shaped “retrospective 1970” design single-fin shaped by Pete Dooley in late 2006 at Natural Art in Cocoa Beach, Florida; and comes with a heavily-raked gray RPF 7.0 fin. Great for shortboard beginners, makes wide arching cut-backs, very stable for larger waves; high rails and a “floater” (rides high in the water) for those smaller days: great “all-around” board for 140-160 pound riders.  Board bag: Pro-Lite 5mm, silver (rip-stop) with black piping and black nose.

In The Eye 6’ 4” round thruster shaped by Scott Busbey

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.44” Nose 12.25” Tail 14.25”

Serial number 260586

Description:  sea green rails, clear deck and clear bottom with an older “In The Eye” two-pronged cyclone logo.  This is a custom-shaped round-tail design shaped by Scott Busbey in Buxton (Cape Hatteras), North Carolina; with a slightly “snubbed” nose (about one inch); rounded tail with three FCS fins (tri-fin “thruster").  Great for experienced shortboard riders, quick and responsive in the turns, a little less stable for larger and smallest waves; low rails and a “waist high to double-overhead” board: a great board for 140-160 pound riders.  Board bag:  Ocean-Earth 5mm, gray bag with a horrible metal zipper (one of two zippers is stuck, in place).

In The Eye 6’ 4” round thruster shaped by Scott Busbey

Waist 19.0” Thickness 2.625” Nose 12.75” Tail 14.25”

Serial number 2608153

Description:  dark blue rails, clear deck and clear bottom (no pigment); with a 2006 “In The Eye” diamond logo with cyclone above.   This is a custom-shaped round-tail design shaped by Scott Busbey in Buxton (Cape Hatteras), North Carolina; with a slightly “snubbed” nose (about one inch); rounded tail with three FCS fins (tri-fin “thruster").  The first (sea green) board was so awesome and light (my thanks to “glasser and polisher”, Curtis!), I ordered another!  Great for experienced shortboard riders, quick and responsive in the turns, a little less stable for larger and smallest waves; low rails and a “waist high to double-overhead” board: a great board for 140-160 pound riders.  Board bag: black “no-name” 5mm bag, blue tip.

Here I am ... surfing Ocean City, New Jersey back in 1974 ... with my Plastic Fantastic board that I bought off of "Mel".  And, that blue surfboard on our Loggish Spear logo?   Got it from Mel:  it was my 1975 Christmas present from my parents ... as I had no board, as the Plastic Fantastic I had been riding died of a bad case of "tail rot".  The Loggish Spear was a dove-tailed winger Mel had made at Heritage Surfboards in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.  On the first day he rode it, the board got loose; and someone rode over the board and put a nasty cut in the rail with their fin (above the 'Spear' on our logo) ... so Mel was glad to get rid of that Cursed Board.  And, Steve named it, the "Loggish Spear", back in 1976.  It rode like dung on most days, but when it got big, it carved some great turns, backside.  I took it to Hatteras during a bus-ride/hitchhike adventure down North Carolina Highway 12 during the early spring of 1976 ... while the rest of my family went skiing at Mont-Tremblant in Canada.  From the age of three, I was a skier, too.  As, also was Mel.

Here I am ... surfing Ocean City, New Jersey back in 1974 ... with my Plastic Fantastic board that I bought off of "Mel". 

And, that blue surfboard on our Loggish Spear logo?   Got it from Mel:  it was my 1975 Christmas present from my parents ... as I had no board, as the Plastic Fantastic I had been riding died of a bad case of "tail rot".  The Loggish Spear was a dove-tailed winger Mel had made at Heritage Surfboards in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.  On the first day he rode it, the board got loose; and someone rode over the board and put a nasty cut in the rail with their fin (above the 'Spear' on our logo) ... so Mel was glad to get rid of that Cursed Board.  And, Steve named it, the "Loggish Spear", back in 1976.  It rode like dung on most days, but when it got big, it carved some great turns, backside.  I took it to Hatteras during a bus-ride/hitchhike adventure down North Carolina Highway 12 during the early spring of 1976 ... while the rest of my family went skiing at Mont-Tremblant in Canada.  From the age of three, I was a skier, too.  As, also was Mel.