Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Friday evening and we’re kicking off the festivities with another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. We’ve got a Yater Baby Spoon, a glider from an underground San Diego figure, and then a mysterious deep cut for the real Craigslist heads. Keep reading for more.
7’6″ Yater Baby Spoon (Craigslist Santa Barbara)
The dims on this Yater are a trip: 7’6″ x 21 1/4″ x 2 7/8″. I think this particular example is small, even by the shrunken standards of the Baby Spoon. According to a commenter in this Swaylocks thread, the Baby Spoon comes in 8’0″ and 8’6″ (although obviously there are exceptions!) I’m guessing this was made for a smaller and/or younger surfer. The resin tint, pin lines and wooden tail block are all on point, though. Seller is asking $995.
9’11” John Holly Glider (Craigslist San Diego)
One of my go to boards is a 70s John Holly egg. I’m fascinated by Holly, who is probably not a household name for many surfers outside of San Diego, and yet revered by those in the know. Look no further than Bird Huffman’s description of Holly: “A local legend and one of the finest craftsmen to come out of San Diego…EVER.” Here’s a Seagull Surfboards 9’11” x 22 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ glider (or “Big Board”, as they say in San Diego), listed at an ultra reasonable $650. It’s not often you get this much board from a well regarded shaper this cheap.
Bonus Big Board: here’s a killer 10’6″ Stu Kenson Elektraglide for sale.
9’0″ Mike Slingerland Longboard (Craigslist San Diego)
Honestly, I’m not even sure I should call any attention to this one, because it reveals some of the deepest, most closely held secrets about navigating the chaos that is Craigslist. Then again, there aren’t too many people who make it this far in my posts (trust me, I see the traffic numbers), so here goes: some of the most consistently undervalued Craigslist posts are ones with either no pics or terrible photography. Hiding behind some mediocre pics is this gorgeous Mike Slingerland shape, which was clearly a special project. The post says the board was shaped for a 2011 Stone Steps contest, but I don’t get the reference. In any case, this Slingerland longboard has matching nose and tail blocks, and a beautiful set of custom made wooden fins. Shred Sledz Guest Contributor KC pointed out that the Surfy Surfy blog — still firmly on the Mount Rushmore of independent surf sites — features multiple Slingerland boards featuring beautiful nose / tail blocks and even some custom fins done by a gentleman named John Peugh, who was (is?) Slingerland’s neighbor. The listing refers to the board as a “Phil Edwards design”, and the outline is indeed reminiscent of the modern Hobie Phil Edwards Model. The stick looks brand new and it’s listed at $1K, which I think is a solid deal. I haven’t seen the board in person so I can’t say for sure, but I get the feeling it’s an under the radar gem.