Hurley: Before the Clothes

Did you know that Bob Hurley, founder of his eponymous surfwear label, is not just a surf mogul but a well-regarded surfboard shaper in his own right? I just came across this board – for sale in San Juan Capistrano / Costa Mesa, found on Craigslist – having been on the prowl for a Hurley-shaped board. (If you ever want to see a grown man cry, ask me about the vintage Hurley gem that popped up on Craigslist about a year ago that I still regret not buying…but I digress.) This one is fairly recent, but it’s still go the sweet International Pro Designs logo, which Bob shaped for back in the day. While Hurley has become something of the borg when it comes to SoCal surf culture, and all the negative things one associates with it, Bob Hurley is an absolute legend not just for his business exploits but his skill with a planer. Oh, and lest I forget, this thing is only $250! I don’t think he shapes a ton any more and I don’t know that he sells his boards in shops anywhere. If I’m wrong about that please let me know! Looks like there might be some pressure dings on the deck but otherwise in pretty good shape. According to the signature, Bob may have shaped this for his son Jeff. Anyway – a really cool little piece of modern SoCal surf culture for sale at a very reasonable price. Located on Craigslist here.

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