70s Liddle Single Fin & More

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s time for another Weekend Grab Bag. Per usual, every single board below is being offered for sale as of publishing time. Keep scrolling for some pics and words.

6’2″ Donald Takayama Howard Special Mini (Craigslist San Diego)

Before Devon Howard developed the CI Mid at Channel Islands Surfboards, the San Diego native collaborated with Donald Takayama on a prior egg design, called the Howard Special Mini. Here’s Howard’s description of his signature Takayama egg, via an interview over at Liquid Salt:

I have a 7’2” egg design that Donald Takayama calls the Howard Special Mini.   It’s a low rocker egg with a mid-volumed template. Not speedy, not bulbous like a mini-tanker. It has pinched rails and vee. Can be two-plus-one widowmaker, single or tri, making it super versatile. The perfect board.

Devon Howard interview, Liquid Salt

An old blog post from a since-abandoned Aussie Hawaiian Pro Designs Tumblr went into some additional detail on the Howard Mini Special:

The Howard Special Mini is a long time collaboration between Donald and Devon Howard. It is loosely based around Donald’s original tri-fin Egg, but the roll has been taken out of the nose and the rails have been modified to Devon’s specifications.

Hawaiian Pro Designs Blog

The Howard Special Mini is a very different board than the standard Howard Special. The non-Mini version is a longboard based off a design Donald used to surf in the early 60s called the “Millennium Model.”

There are a few interesting things about the Howard Special Mini pictured above. First, the length: it’s only 6’2″, a good deal shorter than what I’m guessing is the “standard” 7’2″. Not sure if this means the board would be better suited for either lighter and/or younger folks if the usual version is a whole foot bigger. Then again, 6’2″ x 21″ x 2 9/16″ is still a decent amount of foam. Second, I’m curious to know when the board was shaped. I’m guessing somewhere around 2010? The signature itself caught my eye, too: you can see the “D.T.” initials followed by the dims and a number. The initials look like Donald’s handwriting but the dims and the serial number do not. I’m wondering if the board was shaped by one of Donald’s production shapers, who then wrote down the numbers, and then Donald signed his initials before it was glassed. This is just a guess but it would explain the mismatching handwriting.

Seller is asking for $800.

Wilderness Quad Fin Edge Board (Craigslist Santa Barbara)

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a quad fin edge board fish, I guess you would call it. The only dimension listed on Craigslist is 5’5″. My guess is it was shaped by Bob Duncan; as you can see, Clyde Beatty handled the glassing. Not sure when it was shaped — maybe 80s or 90s? I’m pretty sure it easily pre-dates the current run of Greenough-inspired edge boards. For another cool Wilderness edge board, check out this sailboard I wrote up a while back. Seller is asking $450.

70s Liddle Downrail Single Fin (Craigslist Orange County)

It’s not one of Greg Liddle’s infamous displacement hulls, but I still think this is a cool stick. Here’s a classic 70s downrail single fin measuring in at 7’0″ x 19″ x 3 1/4″. It’s worth clicking through to the Craigslist listing just to check out some more pics. On a purely aesthetic note, I love how the smaller sized laminates on these older Liddles. Serial number is #849 and the seller is asking $1,000.

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