Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a sweet stick from Hansen Surfboards, the venerable San Diego label. The board measures 8’5″ and the seller believes it was shaped in the 70s.
I love 70s boards. This Hansen is not only beautiful and in great shape, it’s also unusual. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. It looks like a longboard outline, but it’s only 8’5″. From what I’ve been told, the 70s were a strange time for longboards, having gone out of style in dramatic fashion overnight during the Transition Era of the late 60s. I’ve read that it was difficult to get longboard blanks in the 70s, which meant a lot of sub-9′ boards paired with traditional longboard outlines. I’ve never had this verified from a reputable source, but it’s a subject I’d like to research more in the future.
The Hansen looks like it would be a blast to ride. I’m also intrigued by what appears to be a stringerless blank, though there’s no way to verify this. The board looks like it has discolored a bit over the years, but it’s still a head turner. I love the combination of the stringerless blank with the single blue pinline and the matching Hansen logo on the deck.
I wish I had more information about this mysterious Hansen. All I know is that it looks like it’d be a blast to ride, and it’s easy on the eyes. The Hansen is currently listed for sale on Craigslist, and you can find it here.