Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a quick hit for you, but I promise it’s a good one. The Hoffman / Fletcher clan is the closest thing surfing has to a first family — a counter culture version of the Kennedys. For all you hear about the Hoffman / Fletcher clan, it’s still amazing to me that people don’t talk more about Herbie Fletcher surfboards. And who knows? Maybe people just don’t care as much as I do. But any time I see a rad Herbie Fletcher surfboard pop up for sale, I think it’s worth a few words and some accompanying photos.
The Herbie Fletcher surfboard you see above was recently listed for sale on eBay. All the photos in this blog post are via the original listing, which you can find here. The Herbie Fletcher surfboard was taken down before the auction closed; I’m guessing the buyer received a decent offer and pulled the listing.
I dig Seventies single fins in general, but the Herbie Fletcher surfboard pictured above is not only super clean, it’s also from one of the most colorful characters in surfing history. That said, it’s unclear to me whether or not the board was actually hand shaped by Herbie himself. I have seen boards with the Fletcher logo that were signed by others. It doesn’t appear the board above has any sort of signature or distinguishing marks on it.
The Herbie Fletcher surfboard measures in at a buoyant 6’4″ x 20 1/2″ x 3″. If you look at the photos immediately above, you’ll notice there’s a single wing that ends in a round tail. Overall, the outline is pretty classic for the era in which the board was made. According to the original listing, the Herbie Fletcher surfboard is all original.
Herbie’s entire career is a trip (and it’s still going strong!) But I have a special affinity for his surfboards, square nose and otherwise. If you have a rad Herbie stick you think the world needs to see, then don’t hesitate to drop me a line! Mahalo for reading and stay tuned for more sweet vintage sticks.