Permanent Lightning “Tagging and Gliding” Exhibit feat. Shawn Stussy

This post probably should have been written a few days earlier, but better late than never. If you happen to find yourself in beautiful Guethary, France, check out the new Permanent Lightning “Tagging and Gliding” exhibit at Le Bar Basque. Permanent Lightning is the nom de ‘Gram of a talented Italian photographer named Daniele. As longtime Shredderz by now know, this humble vintage surfboard blog keeps an eye peeled for anything Shawn Stussy-related. Stussy designed a bunch of collateral for the exhibit.

Both fellows are definitely worth a follow on Instagram, where they have been sharing materials related to the show. “Tagging and Gliding” runs through September 1st, so if you’re local, be sure to check it out and report back. And, if like me, you’ll be chained to a cubicle when the show is running, content yourself with some previews below:

 

Vintage Ole Surfboards Stubby

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is gonna be quick and dirty, but sometimes that’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Featured here is an odd little Ole Surfboards stubby that was for sale on Craigslist about a week ago. The board is no longer listed for sale, but I think it’s still worth a shoutout.

First and foremost, Bob Olson is an old school shaper whose resume is beyond reproach. And as I have mentioned before, Ole was actually Shawn Stussy’s shop teacher!

Anyway, back to the board in question. As you can see, it’s dramatically shorter than the beautiful longboards for which Ole is probably most famous. I also recently featured an Ole Surfboards Transition Era hull, which bears some resemblance to the board pictured above.

I’ve dubbed the red Craigslist board a stubby, thanks to its outline and its 6’3″ length. I’m not entirely sure this is correct, though. I think it’s possible the stubby could have some hull elements to it, but without clear pictures of the entry rocker or any evidence of a belly on the board’s bottom, I can’t make any definitive statements.

If I had to guess I would say this board was shaped sometime during the early Seventies. The fin box looks a little more modern than the removable fins during the Transition Era of the late Sixties, for example. It also looks like the fin is pushed pretty far back towards the tail of the board.

The seller was asking $400 for the Ole Surfboards stubby, and I think it’s reasonable to say that it sold for near this price. Likewise, the Transition Era Ole Surfboards Hull I wrote up was also listed at $400, but was in worse condition than the stubby.

Vintage Ole boards aren’t particularly expensive, but I think that’s an oversight. And it seems like Ole’s more experimental vintage shapes can be had at reasonable prices, which can only be a good thing. Best of all? Ole is still shaping to this day, I understand, so hit the man up if you’re in the market for a board from a true surfboard shaping OG!

Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model Longboard

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re featuring a rad and unusual nose rider from the Sixties: a Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard. The pics in the post were taken from a Craigslist listing on the East Coast, which you can find here.

First, a little background: I am a huge fan of Rick Surfboards, and I have featured the brand a few times previously on the blog. For starters, you can check out this Shred Sledz Deep Dive on Rick Surfboards. That post contains one of the only other Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard I have seen.

The Craigslist board, pictured above, looks to be unrestored. If you look at the pictures, you’ll notice it has all the classic elements of the Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard, from the triple stringer setup, including the red accents towards the rails; the red fin (although it’s hard to see); and the Rick Surfboards block letters laminate. Compare this to the other BK Model longboard I’ve seen, which was originally sold on eBay. See below for photos of the eBay board, which was restored by Randy Rarick:

The seller for the eBay board, whom I don’t know personally but seems very knowledgeable, dated the eBay board to 1966. I have to assume that the BK Model Longboard that’s currently listed on Craigslist is from a similar timeframe. In any case, it’s clear the Craigslist board is from the first run of Kanaiaupuni’s signature models. Perhaps BK’s most famous board is the pintail mini gun he made for Rick Surfboards during the Transition Era. You can read more about the Rick BK mini guns here, and I also wrote up a killer BK personal rider here.

One small difference between the eBay Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard and the one listed on Craigslist: the CL board is 9’11”, and the eBay BK longboard clocks in at 9’6″. Otherwise, the two look extremely similar.

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Close up of the fin from the restored Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard sold on eBay

I also suspect the fin on the Craigslist board is different, but seeing as how there isn’t a direct shot on the listing, I have no way to confirm this. See below for a pic of the eBay Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard fin.

Finally, the seller on Craigslist didn’t supply a price for the board. The only other data point I have is the eBay board, which was listed for $2,500, but as far as I can tell, didn’t receive any bids.

If you’re in the market for a classic Sixties longboard, check out the Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Model longboard on Craigslist here.

 

Harbour Rapier V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have a quick glimpse at an interesting Transition Era board from a classic California surfboard label: that’s right, a vintage Harbour Rapier V Bottom that was likely shaped during the late Sixties.

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Love the detailed black pinlines on the deck

While the Transition Era took place only over a few short years, a whole lot of experimentation was condensed into this time in history. I am a huge fan of v bottom boards in general, although this has more to do with their history and how they look than anything else. I have heard mixed things about how v bottoms surf. It’s also worth noting that some well-regarded modern shapers have incorporated the v bottom into modern high performance designs, such as Marc Andreini, Gene Cooper, and Bruce Fowler.

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A look at the bottom of the board. Looks like there’s very low rocker throughout, but it’s hard to tell from this angle.

The vintage Harbour Rapier V Bottom featured in this post is currently for sale on Craigslist in Central California. You can find a link to the listing here. First, this is the only Harbour Rapier I have seen that boasts a v bottom. Harbour Surfboards continues to produce the Rapier today. Most versions of the Harbour Rapier I have seen, whether modern or vintage, have the board as a pintail longboard. By contrast, the V Bottom in the post is only 8’6″ in length, a good deal shorter than the longboards produced during the Sixties. See below for pics of a vintage Harbour Rapier, along with the classic “Sea Nymph” logo.

Beyond the rarity of the Harbour Rapier V Bottom featured here, I love a lot of the small details on the board. The creamsicle color scheme is absolutely killer, for starters. I also love the bold black resin lines on the deck, which were fashionable during the Transition Era. The double Harbour triangle logos are a sweet and unusual touch, too. As you can see below, the board also comes complete with a rare W.A.V.E. Set fin.

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Close up of the W.A.V.E. Set fin. You can also make out the vee in the tail.

As of the time this post was being written, the listing for the board is still up, but the board has apparently been sold. The price on the listing was $7,000, but I’m wondering if that was a typo. Even given the unusual nature of the board and its condition, I would have a hard time believing that the Harbour Rapier V Bottom sold for anywhere near that price.

Thanks for reading and you can check out the Craigslist listing here.

Craigslist Heartbreak: Vintage Greg Liddle Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! This post features a board that disappointed many potential buyers all across California last night. Yes, that’s right, this vintage Greg Liddle surfboard was listed on Craigslist in Orange County for a mere $375 — well below market price — before quietly disappearing into the night. This is the exact opposite of the person who is currently trying to sell a recent Liddle hull for $2,500, which I’m still not convinced isn’t a prank.

Anyway, the vintage Greg Liddle surfboard pictured above has a ton of cool little details to it. I love geeking out on these vintage Liddles. One quick giveaway is the smaller size logo and in an unusual orange color. I’m most familiar with Greg’s most recent boards, which I think he stopped shaping just a few years ago, and were sold frequently at Mollusk. The recent boards often had blue or logos, and the font was just a tad bigger.

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The vintage Greg Liddle surfboard featured here has a few interesting things going on. I would say the nose is far more pulled in than Liddle’s famous hull designs, for example. I would go as far as to say the outline looks a bit like a semi gun. See here for a similar vintage Liddle I wrote up earlier. The board is only 6’6″ in length, which is a little shorter than I might have expected. According to the seller, the board is 21″ wide and a substantial 3.25″ thick.

The seller claims the board comes with an original flex fin, which you can see in the photo below. Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos that give a good idea whether or not there’s a lot of belly in the entry rocker, which makes it hard to determine if the vintage Greg Liddle surfboard is a hull.

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Finally, Liddle is known for having some interesting signatures on his boards. I have personally seen a wide variety of signatures on Liddle’s boards, including some with very detailed dimensions listed on the stringers. I’m fascinated by the signature on the board featured here, which only contains the length and then “soft contact.” One thing common on Liddle’s boards, though, is the use of the bullet points throughout. What does “soft contact” refer to? I have no idea, and if you have clues, let me know!

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I think it goes without saying that I’m insanely jealous of whoever scored this thing. In the wake of Liddle’s retirement from shaping, and the continued interest around his hulls, I would anticipate the prices for vintage Liddles to continue to climb. Either way, this vintage Greg Liddle surfboard is a super rad example from a great California shaper, and I just hope that it has found a good home.

 

Seventies Sunset Surfboards Shrosbree Single Fins

Greetings, Shredderz! First of all, apologies for the continued technical difficulties with the site. If you are noticing some older posts are gone and/or there are issues loading the photos, please bear with me. I am working to resolve these issues ASAP. In the meantime, check out these wonderful photos that were sent to me by reader Steve Wray, who has supplied photos for some other rad posts, including this amazing Jacobs single fin with a Jack Meyer airbrush. (I’m always accepting submissions, too, either via Instagram or email.) The boards featured here are two Sunset Surfboards single fins shaped during the Seventies. At least one of these boards was shaped by San Diego craftsman Bill Shrosbree, although the other doesn’t have any signature on it.

I really dig both boards, although I have a soft spot for Stings, as longtime readers may have noticed. I also love the variety in the logos. And if I’m not mistaken, the board on the left has two tiny little wings right above the tail, in pretty stark contrast to the one on the right.

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Steve was also kind enough to share close up shots of the fins on both boards. I can’t tell if the yellow fin is all original, but as you can see below, the blue fin on the Sunset Surfboards sting definitely looks like it was made during the Seventies. Another nice little touch is the screw with the eyelet, which was common for attaching leashes to boards before leash plugs became more common.

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I love all shapes and varieties of surfboards, but I have a soft spot for Seventies single fins. These Sunset Surfboards beauties are classic examples of some of the boards that were made during this groovy ass decade. Shout out to Steve for sharing these photos!

Concave for Days: Bonzer Tails

Greetings, Shredderz! If you’re a regular reader of the blog by now you know that I have a soft spot for the Bonzer. The Bonzer is a board I have written up numerous times, and I don’t expect that to stop any time soon! As the title suggests, this post will focus on the dramatic concave that you see in early versions of the Bonzer. A friend read some of my earlier posts on the Campbell Brothers‘ iconic design, and was kind enough to send some close up shots of a few of the Bonzers he owns. Give him a follow on Instagram when you get a chance. He has an insane collection with a lot of gems from Santa Barbara-area shapers.

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As you can see, the photos really give you a great idea of just how extreme the double concave is in the tail. Pictured above is a vintage Campbell Brothers Bonzer, which I would guess was shaped sometime during the Seventies. I’m still tripping out on the curvature of the fin box, which looks like it was modified to fit the bottom contours of the board.

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The second board is a Bing Bonzer, which I think was also shaped during a similar time period. Check out those branded side bite fins! The tail of the board is practically scooped out, which would have helped create water flow out the back. I am far from an expert on fluid dynamics, though, so rather than butcher the science behind this influential design, I’ll instead refer you to Malcolm and Duncan Campbell’s helpful rundown on Bonzer mechanics.

Finally, you can see a comparison between the Bing Bonzer and the Campbell Brothers model at the very top of the page. As you can see, the two vintage Bonzers are extremely similar to one another, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the Campbell Brothers actively worked on the Bing version alongside Bing Copeland and Mike Eaton.

Thanks to Jesse for supplying the pics for the post! And if you have any photos of any rad boards you’d like to see featured here, don’t hesitate to reach me by email, or DM me on Instagram.

Phil Edwards Honolulu C Series

Greetings, Shredderz! This humble vintage surfboard blog might have a soft spot for the loud stylings of the Eighties, but that doesn’t mean we’re total Philistines. In many ways, Phil Edwards can be seen as the exact opposite of the brash Echo Beach aesthetic. By all accounts, Mr. Edwards is a low-key figure, despite his outsize influence on surf history. I can’t confirm that for myself, as I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Edwards. What I can say is that Edwards’ boards — whether it’s the Hobie Phil Edwards Model or the Phil Edwards Honolulu series — are beautiful and understated, which seems only fitting given the man’s sterling reputation.

The board featured here is a Phil Edwards Honolulu model that was recently posted for sale on Craigslist in San Diego. The listing has since been taken down, but an earlier Phil Edwards Honolulu board I wrote up is still for sale here. Edwards made very few Honolulu models. The Honolulu models are rare and coveted, but they also give a fascinating look at the evolution of surfboard design as they were shaped during the late 1960s, in the heart of the Transition Era.

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The Phil Edwards Honolulu model pictured above is from the C series with a serial number of 82. (Stay tuned for a later post explaining the differences between the various Honolulu models). It measures in at a sleek 8’10”. The seller estimated that the board was likely shaped in 1968. The board looks to be a hull shape, with a signature convex belly towards the nose. This makes sense, given the popularity of hulls during the late Sixties. As you can see, despite being nearly 9′, the board is definitely not a traditional nose rider.

The first thing I thought when I saw the board above was how similar it was to my Andreini Serena (which is my all-time favorite board). After doing some digging on Instagram, it looks like I’m not the only one who has noticed the similarity between the two boards. See the posts below for some side-by-side comparisons between the Honolulu model and some Andreini hulls:

I really dig the clean lines of the Phil Edwards Honolulu C Series. The glass on fin is a nice touch, and I love the blue high density foam stringer, too. I envision this thing really delivering on some clean, lined up point break waves.

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Close up of the tail and fin on the Phil Edwards Honolulu C Series. Pic via Craigslist.

Finally, I’m not sure what the final price ended up being, but the Phil Edwards Honolulu was originally listed at $1250. Even though the board isn’t in perfect condition, I think this is a fair price. I don’t have enough data points to back this up, but I will point to a fully restored A series model that sold at the 2018 California Gold Auction, which fetched $4,000.

If you own a Phil Edwards Honolulu board and you wouldn’t mind sharing pics, please drop me a line! As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a future post on Phil Edwards’ classic Hawaiian shapes.

Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have for you a very cool example of perhaps the single most coveted surfboard of all time: a Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez single fin, most likely shaped by the master himself.

First, a little bit of background: Lightning Bolt might have been the single biggest surfboard brand of the Seventies, but tracking down authentic Bolts can be a bit of a headache. For starters, Bolt’s logo was copied off endlessly, and it appeared on numerous surfboards that had absolutely nothing to do with the Hawaiian label.

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Here’s a clean example of a Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez single fin; to be honest, though, I’m not sure if it’s hand shaped by Lopez himself. I mostly posted it because I love the color combination. The board was for sale on UsedSurf.jp, which has a killer selection of vintage sticks.

But even when dealing with genuine Lightning Bolt surfboards, it’s not always clear which ones were shaped by Lopez. I wrote an earlier post on the subject of Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez boards that featured some so-called “California Bolts”: genuine Lightning Bolts bearing signatures with Gerry’s name, but produced in California and shaped by Terry Martin and Mickey Munoz. (I also covered the topic in another blog post, which you can find here.)

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw an intriguing little Lightning Bolt board pop up for sale on Craigslist in Hawaii. The board is no longer listed for sale, but I saved the photos, which you can see here.

First, as you can see in the photos, the Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez board is far from mint condition. But it does have a number of unusual touches, starting from the circle around the famous Bolt logo laminate.

It also has a pretty upright glass on fin, which you can see in the photos above. I also can’t help but notice the diamond tail. Most of the Lightning Bolt Seventies single fins I have seen have pintails, with the occasional swallow tail mixed in. I have seen a few examples of Lightning Bolt single fins with diamond tails, but they are much narrower than the Craigslist board pictured above.

The outline on the Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez board featured here is reminiscent of the boards Lopez produced with Hansen during the Transition Era of the late Sixties. All of the factors above lead me to believe that the Craigslist Bolt was shaped in the early part of the Seventies.

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Close up of the diamond tail and the clear Gerry Lopez signature.

What really struck me about the board, though, was the presence of an obvious Gerry Lopez signature. As I mentioned in my previous post about the California Bolts, hand shaped Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez boards are signed on the blank beneath the glass. Moreover, I have noticed that Lopez’s signature is often written in all caps, instead of the script you’ll see on California Bolts and newer repros. (Many thanks to Randy Rarick, who first passed on this tip.)

To no one’s surprise, Buggs Arico‘s Surfboard Line site has a few excellent examples of hand-signed Lightning Bolt Gerry Lopez boards. I have reproduced the signatures here, which originally appeared on Surfboardline.com. Please check out Buggs’ site if you haven’t already!

You’ll notice the red and yellow boards have very similar examples to the Craigslist Bolt. All of the signatures feature “LOPEZ” written on the stringer in all caps, in what looks to be beneath the glass. One small difference with the Craigslist board is the tilde over the O, which I have personally never seen before. In conclusion, I think the Lightning Bolt board posted to Craigslist was a rare example of a Bolt that was hand-shaped by Gerry himself.

The Craigslist Bolt was actually listed for a mere $700, which I think is an absolute steal. The listing stayed up for a few days but I have no idea who eventually made off with the board. If you’re the lucky owner, give me a shout!

Featured Photo at the top of the page by Jeff Divine; found on his awesome website.

 

Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have an awesome example of one of the greatest Transition Era boards of all time: the Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom Model.

I’m not sure exactly when G&S produced Skip’s signature models, but they were somewhere in the 1968 – 1969 range. (Sadly, Stoked-n-Board continues to go missing from the SHACC website, though I have been told that there are plans to revive the site).

Pictured below is a Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom that is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in the Santa Cruz area. You can find a link to the listing here. Longtime readers might actually recognize this board from when it sold on Craigslist a little over a year ago and I wrote up a brief post on the board. The asking price for the G&S Skip Frye V Bottom last year was $850, and now the seller is asking a cool $3,500. (More on that later).

There are no two ways about it: this is a bitchin’ board with a lot of neat bells and whistles. Check out the W.A.V.E. Set fin, and the colorful G&S logo on the bottom of the board is an insane trip back to surfing’s psychedelic roots.

As you can see, the Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom is in very good condition, and there’s even a serial number on the deck (#3153).

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Now, as for the price, well, I think $3,500 is a bit ambitious. Now, don’t get me wrong: any example of a Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom is going to fetch a nice price. And I can’t begrudge the guy for pouncing on the board at $850 a year back, when it was clearly worth a LOT more.

The California Gold Vintage Surf Auction just closed up a few weeks back, during which  another nice G&S Skip Frye V Bottom board went on the block. You can find a link to the auction board here. I’ve also embedded a photo below.

late 60’s skipper V bottom. Super foiled with mild V. I’m tripping #skipfrye

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The auction Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom ended up selling for $2,000, a good deal cheaper than the $3,500 that’s being asked for the Craigslist board. (Note that there are fees with the auction board, but it still ends up being cheaper.) The auction board looks to be in slightly better condition, too — note the visible discolored repairs on the bottom of the Craigslist Skip Frye V Bottom.

That said, I personally don’t have a problem with people buying boards on Craigslist and then re-listing them for more. I know it sounds kind of crazy, but I don’t think a Skip Frye board should be cheap! Boards like the one posted here are genuine pieces of surf history. Now, do I think it’s worth $3,500? Probably not. But either way it’s a rad board, the Craigslist posting has some great photos, and if money’s no object, you can even take the board him with you. Check out the Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom board for sale on Craigslist here.