Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re featuring a rad and unusual nose rider from the Sixties: a Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard. The pics in the post were taken from a Craigslist listing on the East Coast, which you can find here.
First, a little background: I am a huge fan of Rick Surfboards, and I have featured the brand a few times previously on the blog. For starters, you can check out this Shred Sledz Deep Dive on Rick Surfboards. That post contains one of the only other Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard I have seen.
The Craigslist board, pictured above, looks to be unrestored. If you look at the pictures, you’ll notice it has all the classic elements of the Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard, from the triple stringer setup, including the red accents towards the rails; the red fin (although it’s hard to see); and the Rick Surfboards block letters laminate. Compare this to the other BK Model longboard I’ve seen, which was originally sold on eBay. See below for photos of the eBay board, which was restored by Randy Rarick:
The seller for the eBay board, whom I don’t know personally but seems very knowledgeable, dated the eBay board to 1966. I have to assume that the BK Model Longboard that’s currently listed on Craigslist is from a similar timeframe. In any case, it’s clear the Craigslist board is from the first run of Kanaiaupuni’s signature models. Perhaps BK’s most famous board is the pintail mini gun he made for Rick Surfboards during the Transition Era. You can read more about the Rick BK mini guns here, and I also wrote up a killer BK personal rider here.
One small difference between the eBay Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard and the one listed on Craigslist: the CL board is 9’11”, and the eBay BK longboard clocks in at 9’6″. Otherwise, the two look extremely similar.
I also suspect the fin on the Craigslist board is different, but seeing as how there isn’t a direct shot on the listing, I have no way to confirm this. See below for a pic of the eBay Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard fin.
Finally, the seller on Craigslist didn’t supply a price for the board. The only other data point I have is the eBay board, which was listed for $2,500, but as far as I can tell, didn’t receive any bids.
If you’re in the market for a classic Sixties longboard, check out the Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard on Craigslist here.