Greetings, Shredderz! By now loyal readers will know that the Shreditorial Staff has a fascination with the funky shapes produced during the Transition Era of the late 1960s. Today’s post features a particularly lovely board: the Gordon & Smith Hot Curl. As you can see in the photograph above, one of the G&S Hot Curl’s best features is an incredibly detailed floral graphic that appears on the deck.
The board pictured above is currently listed for sale on eBay with a starting price of $750. There is no reserve for the board, and given its impeccable condition, I would say this is a reasonable price (though auctions always tend to heat up towards the end). You can find a link to the board here. All pics above are via the eBay listing.
The G&S Hot Curl has an earlier iteration that was a more traditional noserider than the one pictured above. Stoked-n-Board is an incredible resource and I will sing its praises until the apocalypse, but their listing claims the Gordon & Smith Hot Curl measured in at lengths between 9’0″ and 9’5″. The board pictured above is 7’8″, and its outline, plus the W.A.V.E. Set fin box, clearly indicate that it was shaped during the late 1960s, by the time the shortboard revolution was in full swing.
I’m not sure whether or not the G&S Hot Curl is considered a proper displacement hull. The outline is similar to modern day hulls you’ll see, but I would hazard a guess and say that a real determination can’t be made without more detailed knowledge of the board’s bottom.
The floral logo doesn’t appear on all Gordon & Smith Hot Curl models, either. For example, here’s a beaut that appeared on a Jamboards thread that has the G&S Hot Curl logos and a similar shape, but not the crazy floral graphic from the example above. I do love the matching purple airbrush on the deck and the grape soda colored W.A.V.E. Set fin, though!
If you’re in the market for a beautiful G&S Hot Curl model, or merely in desperate need of some hipster surf street cred, check out the board on eBay here.