Rick Rasmussen Surfboard

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Greetings, Shredderz! In honor of fellow New York native Balaram Stack’s finals finish at the 2019 Volcom Pipe Pro, here’s a beautiful Rick Rasmussen surfboard that was recently sold on eBay. All pics in this post are via the eBay listing, which you can find here. Rasmussen is one of the more fascinating characters in surf history. For many years, Rasmussen stood alone as New York’s only real pro surfer of note, thanks to his competitive prowess in the early professional scene, as well as his tuberiding in places like Pipeline and G-Land. Sadly, Rasmussen’s story cannot be told without mention of his tragic death, which happened during a drug deal gone bad. The Encyclopedia of Surfing has reprinted an excellent article detailing Rasmussen’s passing, which gives some additional depth to an already compelling subject.

The board, despite not being in great condition, sold for a cool $1,725. The price, when considering the condition, gives you a good idea of how rare it is to find a Rick Rasmussen surfboard for sale. The board measures in at 8’2′ x 19 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ and according to the seller it was likely shaped in either 1972 or 1973. The listing claims the board was mostly surfed on the North Shore in the Seventies before being relocated to Southern California in 1980, and then it was stashed away in storage for many years. I think there’s a decent chance that Rasmussen rode this board at Pipeline, which makes it extra sick.

While this Rick Rasmussen surfboard is no longer listed for sale, I did some digging on Instagram and was able to find a couple of other cool examples of Rick Rasmussen surfboards. Turns out that Rasmussen actually shaped for an early label called Clean & Natural, and before that, a local Westhampton label called Lizard. I had never even heard of Lizard before, and that brand isn’t even mentioned in Rasmussen’s Encyclopedia of Surfing listing. Scroll below for a shot of a Rick Rasmussen surfboard shaped for the Lizard label, which is the only one I have seen to date.




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