Gordie Surfboards: A Huntington Beach Classic

For all you Sunshine State residents, here’s a classic 1960s noserider that somehow made its way from Southern California to its current location in Jacksonville, Florida. The board is currently listed for sale on Craigslist, at a somewhat steep $1,200.

Now, just what is this fine-looking surfcraft, you might be wondering?

The board is made by Gordie Surfboards, and from the looks of it, it’s an all-original board that was manufactured sometime in the 1960s. Gordie Surfboards is named after its founder, Duane Gordon. The brand has its beginnings in Huntington Beach, where, according to the Encyclopedia of Surfing, Gordie’s first shop was located at the base of the famous Huntington Beach pier. According to Gordie’s LA Times obituary – he passed away in 2011, at age 80, from natural causes – Gordie was one of the first shapers to incorporate the stringer.

Many talented California shapers later worked for Gordie’s brand. Some of the highlights include Steve Boehne, who later founded Infinity Surfboards; Del Cannon; and Bruce Jones.

One can’t be certain, but it looks as if the board pictured here is from sometime in the 1960s. The first picture has a clear close-up of the logo. Stoked-n-Board dates this logo as hailing from anytime between 1962 and 1967.

You’ll also notice there’s a serial number in the same picture. It’s in black pen and it’s located on the stringer. It’s hard to make out, but it looks like it says #136, and there is an “SU” above it. Stoked-n-Board’s numbering system doesn’t map to this, and it’s unclear what it refers to.

The other thing that catches my eye is the fin. It looks almost like a rounded off hatchet design, and it’s clearly glassed onto the board. I’ve never seen a fin like this, and Stoked-n-Board also doesn’t have any info on what this might be.

The board has some water damage, but the poster claims there are no delams, and overall it looks like it’s in reasonable condition considering it’s probably close to 50 years old. $1200 isn’t cheap, by any means, but as they always say about land, it’s not like they’re making any more of them.

Check out the board here.

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  1. Blaine Banks says:

    I just had a Gordie 10’5” reconditioned by BE Sanding in Santa Cruz, CA. I bought the board new back in the 60’s and was unaware of the serial number of 123 on the board until it was pointed out to me by the reconditioner. The board has the same “fin” shape as the board you pictured but it is inlaid wood that matches the stringer.

  2. Thomas F Motter says:

    I had a 9’6″ Gordie. Fin was the same shape but glue-lam mahogany wood and/or Walnut root? I surfed it almost every day during the Summer Months in 1965, ’66, ’67, ’68 at the Hook in Santa Cruz. Don’t know what happened to it. I’m 71 now and still paddling out on a Haut. (Doug is a friend.) Would give anything to get that board back. It was pure magic.

    • Henry Knapp says:

      Thanks for sharing! If I ever see a similar board I will definitely let you know. Was just down at Cowell’s yesterday myself!

  3. Chris Colbert says:

    Here is a trivial question. Where did Gordie first start using
    fiberglass on surfboards? Hint-it was not close to the beach.