Greeting, Shredderz! Today I’ve got a vintage surfboard that is equal parts cool and mysterious. I would love nothing more than to enlist all of your help in figuring out more information about the origins of the Con Surfboards longboard featured here.
This thing is an absolute unit. The Con Surfboards longboard measures in at an eye popping 10’9″ x 22″ x 3 1/2″ (the owner suspects it may even be thicker). The photos you see here come courtesy of a mystery collector who has a thing for Con Surfboards. In fact, two of his Con boards were previously featured on the blog. Many thanks for sharing photos of this unique board!
The Con Surfboards longboard is in impeccable condition. According to the board’s owner it is completely original. Beyond the fact the board has been remarkably well preserved, there are a bunch of details that have me losing my mind.
I’ve gone on before about how much I love the Con Surfboards logo, and it is one of my single favorite pieces of graphic design from surf history. I love the way it’s presented here, with just a set of clean logos on the deck and the bottom. I love the contrast between the board’s minimalist aesthetic and its more out there details, such as the impossibly beefy stringer, the fin, and the rails.
I have no idea what to make of the tail, other than the fact it looks incredibly cool. First, I should caveat this all by saying that I am far from an expert on Sixties longboards. But upon first look, the pintail on the Con Surfboards longboard looks to be much fuller than other pintail boards from the same ear, such as the Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Pintail, for example. Maybe this is just due to the angle at which the photos were taken. I can’t say for sure, as I have yet to see the board in person.
Similarly, the rails have me constantly wondering if there’s something wrong with my computer monitor. I’ve never seen a Sixties longboard with these dramatic down rails, which I’m far more used to seeing on Seventies single fins.
Honestly, I feel like the more angles from which I view this board, the more questions I have! The owner wonders if the board might have been a paddle board, but I can’t say for sure. The only things I can say with any certainty is that it’s awesome, and I’d love to own one like it.
If you have any information about the board, I would love to hear it! Please drop me a line if you do, as I am very curious about this beautiful Con Surfboards longboard. Thanks again to the board’s owner for sharing the photos of this ridiculously awesome stick!