Greetings, Shredderz! There’s currently a stunning 9’6″ Hansen 50-50 Model for sale on eBay, and it’s just too pretty not to feature. All photos via the listing, which you can find here.
As always, shout out to those eBay and Craigslist sellers out there who take pride in getting some quality photos of their goods. This is a vintage board that’s in great shape, yes, but the photography deserves some praise, too.
And what a board it is! I love the resin tint, the simple, beefy black resin pinlines, and I can’t stop staring at that beautifully tapered redwood stringer. There’s nothing flashy whatsoever about this board, but once you dig into the details, it’s clear how sick it is.
I don’t have a ton of information available about the Hansen 50-50 Model. I’ve seen later versions of the 50-50 that were distinctive Transition Era shapes as well as more traditional longboards like the one featured here. The single cleanest example I was able to find online is via the California Gold Surf Auction site.
The logo on the eBay board is pretty interesting when you drill down into the specifics. First, check out the laminate on the California Gold Auction Board I mentioned in the last paragraph. The auction board has a much larger “50-50” laminate that appears above the “Hansen Cardiff” logo. On the eBay board, the “Hansen Cardiff” logo has both the “50-50” logo and a “Doyle Designed” laminate as well. Island Trader Surf Shop has an example of another 50-50 with the “Doyle Designed” laminate, but it’s a bit different from the one pictured above.
The seller claims this board was shaped by a man named Bill “Willy” Clark, as there is a small “C” appended to the serial number on the stringer towards the tail. There’s a Swaylocks thread where Bill Thrailkill confirms that this is how Clark used to sign his boards, so the story adds up.
You can check out this killer Hansen 50-50 Model on eBay here.