Neptune's Revenge

Here's a fruity number I picked up recently, made under the mysterious logo of Neptune's Revenge. It took me about ten minutes to read what the logo said, and then found out it was made in the Witterings area of Sussex by Paul Gabriel, probably in the very late 80s. Its got some unusual features of the era, including large rail channels on the deck, a step deck, the classic carbon stringers, and a nice Captain America artwork on the underside. It measures 7ftx 19 1/4x 2 1/2. I wondered if the rail channels might be for grip but apparently they're for rail strength. The step deck is a pretty major cut out of volume in thickness in the tail area. I guess its the old idea of having volume and float forwards in the board while having good feel and manouverability in the tail - a bit like stingers but done with thickness not width. It looks like it would feel a bit wierd when surfing , with your front foot uphill; mabye that's why they didn't catch on.I like the Captain America, done by Ben Ballister who the board was made for.