Greetings, Shredderz! First, let’s ignore the fact that I spend my Friday nights combing through Craigslist in search of great vintage surfboards. Instead, I’d like to focus on the positives. Tonight’s silver lining is nothing other than a great example of a vintage Herbie Fletcher surfboard that is currently being listed for sale.
Pictured above is a Herbie Fletcher surfboard with a squared off-nose. This board is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Orange County. You can find a link to the listing here. The board measures in at 8’6″ and it is being offered for $1,000. I don’t have any historical prices on Fletcher surfboards. With that said, it’s difficult to find Herbie’s shapes for sale online. I was able to find two other Herbie Fletcher surfboards that are currently for sale. First is what looks like an old 1970s single fin for sale on eBay, which is listed at $2,450. Second is another 1970s single fin, this one with a winged swallow tail setup, which is listed on Craigslist for $3,200. I don’t view any of these prices as definitive, but I figured it’s helpful to have comparisons. I’d also like to point out that both of the single fins for sale have been up for grabs for a while now, which indicates that these prices are probably on the higher side.
Photo by Terry Snyder for @nixon_now. #astrodeck #theoriginator #since1976 #tractionpad #wavewarriors #blindgirlsurfclub #adrenalinesurfseries #thethrillisback #fletcherdna #arrowmaker #herbiefletcher #dibifletcher #surfer #artist #innovator #performanceart #wrecktangles #archipelagos #thebiglick #pathofawavewarrior #waimeabloodseries #terrysnydercreative #photoshoot #nixonnow #nixonwatches #rvca #rvcasurf @dibifletcher @astrodeck @rvca @rvcasurf
Enough of Mother's Day, I hope I soaked it up enough to last me another year, back to Astrodeck with Herb looking down the rail of the square nose he shaped to ride the nose at Maalaea in May of 1976, to get the dimensions correct to shape another beauty #herbiefletcher #artist #herbiefletchersurfboards #magiccarpet #surflife #surfhistory #fletcherdna#astrodeck #wavewarriors photo thanks @nakisurf @rvca @rvcajapan
This photo first appeared in Surfer Magazine, 1983, with the text written by Brian Gillogy "Herbie Fletcher, 33, delivers stylish surfing on what must be considered odd-looking equipment…" it's always interesting that most of the people that write about surfing, know so little about it #herbiefletcher #surfer #artist #sculpture #filmer #fletcherdna #fletchermeansarrowmaker #herbiefletchersurfboards #astrodeck #wavewarriors #surfhistory #tbt
I’m not sure when the yellow Craigslist board was made. In the Art Brewer image at the top of the post, which Herbie also shared to his Instagram, Herbie describes the board as a 7’11” shape that was made in 1976. Unfortunately, that doesn’t give much insight as to when the yellow board was shaped.
As you can see, I embedded a few posts from both Herbie and Dibi Fletcher’s Instagram accounts. I highly recommend giving both a follow. Herbie was also recently honored by the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association, and I recommend reading his wife Dibi’s tribute to him here.
Finally, here’s the link to the Herbie Fletcher surfboard for sale on Craigslist, which you can find here.