Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a quick hit for you today, courtesy of a gorgeous 10’6″ Hobie Honolulu longboard that’s for sale on Craigslist in Orange County. I don’t know the seller. It’s just a cool board that I happen to dig.
There’s something striking about the lines of classic 60s longboards. This thing is pretty simple, all things considered, but even the relatively subtle touches — the double logo on the deck and the triple stringers — make a world of difference.
The true hero of today’s story is the Craigslist seller who went to the effort of taking some great photos of a killer board. Lately I’ve made more of an effort to take photos of boards I own, and it’s not easy. The photos in the Craigslist ad really highlight the board and its various features.
Hobie Surfboards was founded in 1950 (!!!) in Laguna Beach, California. Dick Metz later opened a Hobie shop in Honolulu. From what I can tell the Hobie Honolulu laminate, pictured above, is pretty rare. I believe the laminate was only applied to boards sold out of the Hobie Honolulu store. Judging from pictures I’ve seen of various Hobie Honolulu board, I’ve noticed they tend to have serial numbers right on the laminates, just like the one pictured above.
The Hobie Honolulu board also has a removable fin, which you can tell by the red ring on the deck and the bolt that is used to affix it. I’ve heard this referred to as a dog bone fin box. I’m guessing this board was shaped during the first half of the 60s but someone who knows this stuff better than me would be able to give a more accurate date.
For all the novelty of the Hobie Honolulu laminates and the fin box, at the end of the day this is simply a gorgeous vintage board that is still in great shape. I’d love to surf this thing in some small clean peelers and see what the deal is.
You can check out the Hobie Honolulu surfboard on Craigslist here.