Chalk this one up to mysterious bloodlines.
When I stumbled across this HIC board on Craigslist, I thought it must have been a Martin Potter pro model, as evidenced by the giant logo on the bottom of the board (see left).
However, the more research I do, I can’t find any evidence of Pottz having ever been a team rider for Hawaiian Island Creations. Pottz’s most famous boards were for Town & Country Surfboards and Blue Hawaii Surf, which you can see pictured below:
Photo below credit thevintagesurfboard.com
If you look closely, you can see the “Pottz Pro Model” logo on the HIC board is a perfect replica of the Blue Hawaii board above. This makes me think that it simply might be a decal or something else.
The HIC board has “Team” written on the stringer, which strikes me as something of an odd touch as well. Finally, there is a clear signature from Chuck Andrus, whom Stoked-N-Board lists as having been an HIC shaper.
Check out the board here and drop me a note if you have any ideas as to the origins of this board!
I bought this board in Seattle Washington and recently passed it along to someone who knows Chuck. The board is back on its way to Chuck Andrus garage. The Pottz logo on the bottom is a decal not sure how it got there but this was a team issued board never sold at retail.
Thanks for the info! Always great to learn more about a board