Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a very quick hit for you today, but one worth your time nonetheless (I hope, anyway). Of all the defunct surfboard brands out there, Rick Surfboards is definitely one of my favorites. Rick is the namesake of the late, great Rick Stoner, who was an early business partner of Bing Copeland. For a quick primer on the Rick Surfboards label, check out this Deep Dive I wrote up a little while back.
Rick Surfboards is probably best known for its various longboard models. It’s hard to argue with this logic, given that Rick’s short history included the legendary UFO Model and a Barry Kanaiaupuni noserider, among others. That said, I have a real soft spot for Rick Surfboards classic Seventies single fins, many of which were shaped by Phil Becker.
The board you see here is a beautiful Rick Surfboards single fin that’s currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. You can find the listing here. (Note: I do not know the seller.) According to the seller, the board was purchased in 1976 from famed surf shop Val Surf. The seller claims to still have the original receipt for the board, although it’s not included on the listing. The board is 7’11” x 22″ x 3″.
I’ve heard that Phil Becker signed his boards with the year in which they were shaped (in this case, 1976), and the number after the hyphen represents a sequential number for the calendar year. In other words, if I’m correct, the Rick Surfboards single fin would be the 1,005th board Becker shaped during 1976. According to this LA Times article, that’s not even halfway through an average year for Becker, who apparently shaped 11 boards a day, to the tune of 2,500 every year.
I think this board is gorgeous, whether it’s the outline, the simple but striking red color, the blue resin pin line, and then the cool gradient graphics on the Rick Surfboards logo. As you can see, it’s in pretty good shape for a board that’s forty three years old, too. The seller is asking $900. On one hand, I get it — this is a beautiful vintage surfboard with plenty of pedigree. On the other, I think the price is a bit on the high end, but I certainly wouldn’t fault anyone for scooping up this shape. Check out the listing here if you’re interested.