Vintage Wave Tools Surfboard: 1970s Lance Collins Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today I’d like to feature another board from Los Angeles Craigslist celebrity Jeff in LA. Jeff always sells an interesting selection of boards, and today he has come through with a fascinating piece of history: a vintage Wave Tools surfboard. To be specific, it’s a Lance Collins single fin shaped sometime in the 1970s. You can find a link to the Craigslist post here. Pics below via Craigslist.

The board clocks in a generous 6’9″ x 19-1/4″ x 2-3/4″. The tail looks like it’s halfway between a diamond tail and a pintail. There are some lovely pin lines on the board, but some work will be required to get this thing looking right. I’m unsure if the streaks in the blue airbrush on the deck are intentional. The board also has a clear Lance Collins signature. It looks like the signature might be on top of the glass.

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Lance Collins signature, with a classic fish to the left of his name. Interesting serial number, too: 0685.

The coolest thing about this board is that it sports a vintage Wave Tools logo. Check the picture below:

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Closeup of the sweet Wave Tools vintage logo. You can see in the bottom left it’s signed by McCormack.

Stoked-n-Board’s Wave Tools entry says this logo was produced between 1971 and 1974. However, I think that might be slightly wrong. The main counterpoint is that Icons of Surf is currently selling a few replicas of vintage Wave Tools surfboards, which you can find here. Icons dates all of the replicas to 1975. As you can see in the picture below, the replicas all have logos identical to the one on Jeff’s board above. In conclusion, I think the Wave Tools logo above was produced into 1975.

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Replica of a 1975 Wave Tools single fin currently for sale at Icons of Surf. Pic via Icons

It’s interesting to compare the dimensions of the replicas to the original board at the top of the page. First, none of the replicas have the pin / diamond tail setup of the original board; they either have round pintails, like the one above, or swallow tails. Second, the original board is 6’9″ x 19-1/4″ x 2-3/4″. The replica that’s closest in size is the green one immediately above this paragraph; the green board’s dimensions are 6’8″ x 20″ x 3-5/16″. The increase in thickness from the original board to the recent replica is pretty eye-popping.

Finally, I’d like to share some thoughts on the collectibility of vintage Wave Tools surfboard. I believe 80s boards with elaborate logo laminations and outrageous spray jobs will continue to command premiums, like Jeff Parker model twin fins. Nonetheless, I wonder if the 1970s predecessors to the infamous Echo Beach models will continue to increase in value. For example, there’s a beautiful Schroff single fin for sale on eBay that’s being listed at $300, with three days still left in bidding at the time this post was written. I’d be surprised if that thing closes for anything south of $650 or $700, despite having an older logo and none of the features of the most coveted Schroff designs (caveat: these are the not-so educated guesses of a man who writes about old surfboards in his free time, so take that with a grain of salt). All of this is a long way of saying that the board at the top of the page is going for $275, which I think is a pretty great deal. Again, the vintage Wave Tools surfboard featured here will require some repairs, but as they say, they’re not making any more of these bad boys.

Check out the board here and thanks for reading!

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