Surfboards Hawaii Longboard “Blank Logo”

Greetings, Shredderz! Don’t let the tongue-in-cheek name of this humble blog fool you: we are huge fans of classy, old school surfboard brands, too. There are few labels classier than Surfboards Hawaii. For starters, Surfboards Hawaii boasts an incredible collection of shaping talent, from Dick Brewer to Ben Aipa and Donald Takayama. And if history really isn’t your bag, well, Surfboards Hawaii boards happen to look great, too. Today’s post features a vintage Surfboards Hawaii longboard with an unusual touch. Keep reading below for more…

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The Surfboards Hawaii longboard pictured above was recently listed on eBay. It sold for a tidy $899, and someone almost certainly paid shipping, given that the board was located in Indianapolis, of all places. The board has an absolutely gorgeous stringer setup with a simple but striking red, white and blue color scheme. I’m guessing it’s high density foam sandwiched between two wooden stringers, but I’m not sure.

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Close up of the tail and the fin.

The fin looks to be all original as well. I’m not sure what these fin boxes are called, but they are fairly common on boards from this era. I would guess the Surfboards Hawaii longboard featured here was shaped sometime during the mid-1960s or so.

One odd touch about the Surfboards Hawaii longboard in this post is the logo, or, to be exact, the lack thereof.

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Close up of the logo on the Surfboards Hawaii longboard. It’s interesting that there’s no text anywhere in the logo; just the iconic outline of the island of Oahu.

The board’s logo is the classic Oahu outline that you see on many Surfboards Hawaii boards. However, there is no text on the logo, which is unusual. If you look closely in the photo above you’ll notice there’s a little rectangle that is less faded than the surrounding area. I’m guessing there may have been a smaller laminate that was originally located in this space, but somehow got removed or fell off.

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An example of another Surfboards Hawaii logo, taken from a “Nose Rider” model. You can see the text in the Oahu outline on this board.

Pictured above is another example of a Surfboards Hawaii longboard, which comes from a “Nose Rider” model. The Nose Rider has what looks like a high density foam stringer sandwiched by two much thinner redwood stringers. One small touch I found interesting was the difference in the Oahu silhouettes in both Surfboards Hawaii logos. The blank logo has more detail around Pearl Harbor, towards the south western corner of the island.

No one loves surfboard minutiae more than I do, but with surfboards, unlike cars or watches, there really doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason for many of the unusual variants that pop up. I’m not quite sure how to explain this Surfboards Hawaii longboard and its blank logo. I think it easily could have been a mistake at the factory, and it’s also possible that the text was somehow rubbed off the board, too. Regardless, it’s a very cool example of an original board from a classic label, and I’m not surprised to see that it got snapped up quickly by an eagle eyed collector.

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  1. Corbett McCarthy says:

    I own one of the earliest “Surfboards Hawaii” known to exist, it had 3 coats of paint that I carefully stripped using a marine paint stripper. As I worked on the board there it was in a circle embedded within the resin the Island of “Oahu”- no script, in the center on a square “Custom Surfboards”- a true signature of “Surfboards Hawaii.
    What was spectacular was the raised lines that were raised, I believe for better traction when riding a wave.
    I had a “Hanson 50/50 noserider in the 60’s and this board had the same shape.I just waxed the board and at 69 am ready to hit the surf, this was a true find, I don’t know if I can post photos of this 9’6” board but I’d love to share it.