Acid Splash: Challenger Formula Micro Vee Redux

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope your weekend is upon you, or not too far off.

Today brings us another piece of transitional era surfboard design funkiness. It’s a board I have written about before: the Challenger Formula Micro Vee.

There are actually two versions of this board that are currently for sale online.

Acid Splash Board: 8′ x 23″ (Pics via Craigslist)

The first example is listed on Craigslist in Costa Mesa, in the heart of Orange County, California.  Asking price is $300. You can find a link to the board here. This thing sports a beautiful two-tone acid splash paint job, with red on the deck and a nice deep green on the bottom. However, there is one significant catch with the board: apparently it has a visible twist, which will take some work to undo (assuming surgery goes correctly). Luckily, the honest seller here called out this fact ahead of time, but now is as good a time as ever to remind everyone that you never know a board’s condition just by looking at pictures.

Yellow Board: 8’6″ x 23″ x 3.5″ (Pics via Craigslist)

There’s a second example of a Challenger Formula Micro Vee for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, California. You can find that board here. The seller is asking $400. It measures in at 8’6″ x 23″ x 3.5″, which makes a little longer than the acid splash board.

This posting has a little more context about the board, and claims it dates to 1968 or 1969. The listing has some pictures that give a clear picture of the board’s rocker and its distinctive vee bottom design. There are also close-ups of the Bahne fin box (Bill Bahne actually shaped for Challenger in its early days) and the original fin.

I’m partial to the second one myself, thanks to the feather logo and the original fin, not to mention the lack of a twist. Either way, these are two cool examples of a transitional era design. Happy Shredding!

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