Monday, October 22, 2012
Tim Brauch #13.
It's going to be a week of SMA stuff from the last couple years of the company.
Beans get blunted in a pool.
Santa Monica Airlines was started by Skip Engblom in the late 1970s. Natas Kaupus was the important pro in the beginning. Skip partnered SMA with NHS (Santa Cruz) for increased distribution. The team was Natas, Jim Thiebaud, Mick-e Reyes, Julien Stranger, and Sean Sheffey. As riders left and things changed, Mike Conroy, Alan Petersen, Eric Britton, and Karma Tsocheff were all sponsored by the company. The final version of the team lasted until the end of 1994 when NHS dissolved the brand. The team included the late Tim Brauch, Jason Adams, Frank Hirata, Israel Forbes, Paul Sharpe, and Ron Whaley. Skip is still doing Santa Monica Airlines today and custom shaping boards in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Chris Kardas was the photographer.
Thrasher - May 1994 Volume 14 Number 5