Becker, Wardy and Aleutian Juice

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to an off schedule installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. Here are a few cool boards that are listed for sale as of publishing time.

9’10” 1966 Wardy Beachbreak (Craigslist Los Angeles)

Classic 60s logs are unimpeachable in my book. I never felt strongly about Wardy Surfboards until a recent Surfer’s Journal feature, which shed more light on the label and its founder, Fred Wardy. Here’s a Wardy Beachbreak Board (love that it’s “board” and not “model”) that is all original and listed for a not bad $950.

6’1″ Dave Parmenter Aleutian Juice Fish (Craigslist SLO)

The inimitable Dave Parmenter is a man of many talents. A one time pro who turned to shaping after becoming disillusioned with pro surfing, Parmenter doesn’t just build boards, he’s also an acerbic and insightful writer. A few years back I went to a wedding on the Central Coast and ducked into Moondoggie’s in SLO, and was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of new, reasonably priced Parmenter boards on the rack. I’d love to order a board from him some day, and this fish isn’t just beautifully glassed, it’s priced at $850.

6’2″ Phil Becker Single Fin (Craigslist San Diego)

Here’s a rad board from Phil Becker, the human CNC machine who is said to have shaped well north of 100,000 boards during his lifetime. I know I mention that tidbit every time I write up one of his boards, but as a father I’m contractually required to have a few anecdotes I keep in steady rotation, and plus, it’s one of those stats that doesn’t really get old. The other really cool thing about this board is the beautiful airbrush and resin pinlines, which were done by Dave Hollander, who was Becker’s business partner, and later became CEO of Becker Surf. Seller is asking $480 — again, hard to quibble with the price here.

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