File this one under “coulda, shoulda, woulda.”
Pictured here is a 1970s Surfboards Hawaii Hydro model, shaped by Mike Slingerland, that recently sold on eBay. I think the brand has its strongest association with its noseriders from the 1960s, but this is a cool example of a different board from the storied brand.
Many shapers passed through Surfboards Hawaii, such as Dick Brewer and Donald Takayama. Slingerland might not be quite as famous as Brewer, but he is an incredibly well respected shaper in his own right. Nowadays he’s shaping a lot of boards for Surfy Surfy, which is a great shop down in San Diego.
As you can see, this board boasts an airbrush job that fits in right with the groovy 70s. It’s got some interesting channels on the bottom of the board, paired with a double wing in the tail.
I say coulda, shoulda, woulda because it turns out this board sold for under $200! Not bad, especially if you arranged for a local pickup instead of the $135 shipping option. You can still see the eBay post here.