Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a stunning Transition Era board for you. Pictured here is a Transition Era O’Neill Morning Star model that was recently listed for sale on eBay. You can find the original eBay listing here, which has more photos and a full description of the board. Sadly, the board is no longer for sale. I hope this classic Santa Cruz stick has since found its way to a good home.
As far as I know, the O’Neill Morning Star model isn’t a particularly famous surfboard. I have only seen one other one posted online, which you can find here on the great Island Trader Surf Shop website. Once upon a time Stoked-n-Board had a record of who shaped for the O’Neill label during this time, but sadly S-n-B has been defunct for years now. O’Neill is best known for its wetsuits, but it also produced surfboards during the earlier days of the brand. I’ve heard rumors that Phil Edwards shaped a few O’Neill longboards during the Sixties, but no one has been able to confirm that one way or another.
As you can see from the photos, the board is in ridiculous condition. According to the listing, the board is all original and was stored indoors for over fifty years. The listing dates the board back to 1968, and claims the board was given to a friend of the O’Neill family. The board is 8’6″ and no other dimensions were given.
The O’Neill Morning Star looks to be every bit a classic late Sixties Transition Era hull. I wish I could get a better idea of the rails, but it’s hard without being able to see the board in person. The description mentions a displacement hull belly on the bottom. Needless to say the seller took some fantastic photos of the board.
Last but not least, the O’Neill Morning Star model comes complete with a W.A.V.E. Set fin, which you would expect from a board in this era. Like the rest of the board, the fin is in spectacular condition, and the color just pops next to the classic Coke bottle green on the rest of the board. This board is definitely one of the most beautiful and well-preserved late Sixties sticks I’ve seen. Congratulations to whoever owns this beautiful piece of surfing history!