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California Gold Spring 2024 Wrap Up

The Spring 2024 California Gold Surf Auction ended a little less than a week ago. It’s always worth browsing through the selections and seeing where everything landed. In the preview post I wrote before the lots went live, I singled out four boards: a balsa Diffenderfer single fin (my personal favorite); an 80s…

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How Much for the Holy Grail?

In my case, we have a pretty precise answer to the question of “how much does your dream board cost”: $3,601, not including packaging and shipping costs. I usually love writing up rad boards, but this one stings a little, because I am not the owner of this impeccable Shawn Stussy 80s twin…

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Primo Rick Surfboards Noserider Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Lately I have been gravitating towards boards that I know I’m gonna ride. I haven’t lost my interest in historically interesting boards, but if I’m laying out cash — and more importantly, garage space — it’s gotta be something I’m surfing regularly. This ultra clean Rick Surfboards Noserider model ticks both…

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1968 Phil Edwards Honolulu #77

Greetings, Shredderz! I’ve long had a fascination with Phil Edwards’ boards from his stint in Hawaii, post Hobie signature model, and one of them just sold on eBay. You can find the listing here. I will always prefer original boards to restored ones, unless they are well and truly thrashed, and it’s cool…

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California Gold Surf Auction Summary

Greetings, Shredderz! Earlier this week the latest installment of the long-running California Gold Surf Auction wrapped up. Here is some quick analysis of the results from the “Barns, Rafters & Honey Holes” auction. As a reminder, here’s a list of all the lots, along with the final prices. First and foremost…who the hell…

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Donald Takayama Jacobs 60’s Model

Greetings, Shredderz! We’re back with another great Donald Takayama shape from his influential and decades-long career. Shout out to the two people who were kind enough to send me the board featured here. Pictured above is a Donald Takayama Jacobs Surfboards 60’s Model. I believe it was likely shaped in the late 90s…

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It’s Called “The Ugly”

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s Sagas of Shred entry we’ve got another smash hit from venerable Los Angeles label Con Surfboards. I originally found the ad on uglyboards.com. For starters, I love the graphic design in the ad. A lot of these 60s ads are striking in their simplicity, and while I’m generally not…

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California Gold Vintage Surf Auction Recap

Greetings, Shredderz! Another installment of the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction is in the books, and here are some thoughts on how everything went. You can still view all of the auction lots here, and I also wrote a previous post featuring some of my favorite boards in the auction. First, classic 60s…

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Fins, Baby, Fins!

Greetings, Shredderz! I love vintage surfboard fins. This has more to do with aesthetics than anything else, but there’s no disputing that vintage fins can be gorgeous. Many vintage fins are sold on eBay, which means there’s great data about the prices they command. While top notch examples can still fetch staggering prices,…

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1975 Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real deal 1975 Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt that recently sold on eBay. Of course, the Lopez Bolt is perhaps the single most famous and/or collectible vintage surfboard out there. Most of the Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt surfboards I’ve seen have been restored, or are newer reproductions; so-called…

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