Bob Krause Channel Islands Surfboards 70s Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have an amazing 70s single fin that comes courtesy of Rich Cicala, who reached out on Instagram. The surfboard featured in this post is a 70s Bob Krause Channel Islands Surfboards single fin, and it is loaded with all sorts of old school goodies.

First, a primer: for those of you unfamiliar with Channel Islands Surfboards, the Santa Barbara label is the brainchild of Al Merrick. Merrick is one of the few people alive with a legitimate claim to being the greatest (or, at the very least, most influential) surfboard shaper of all time. Starting sometime in the 1980s, Channel Islands began to produce surfboards en masse. While the Channel Islands label is still the most recognizable brand in the surfboard industry, boards actually hand shaped by Al Merrick himself are harder to find.

Any recent Channel Islands board that doesn’t have an Al signature was likely made by either a ghost shaper or a shaping machine, or both. What’s interesting about the board featured above is despite the fact it was shaped in the 1970s, before Channel Islands began mass production, it was not shaped by Al Merrick, but a gentleman by the name of Bob Krause.

There isn’t much information about Bob Krause available online. Sadly, I was able to find this Swaylocks thread that indicated Krause passed away in 2001 during a surf trip to Costa Rica. Krause also gets a shout out in a Facebook post from Bruce Fowler of Fountain of Youth Surfboards, which you can find here. There’s a logo attributed to The Surfing Underground and Krause / Fowler Surfboards on Stanley’s Surfboard Logo Library, but no examples of any boards.

I’ve only seen one other Bob Krause Channel Islands board, which you can see above. You’ll notice the similarities between the Instagram board and the red and yellow board featured in this post. Both feature an old school Channel Islands logo, which consists of a simple black outline of the hexagon iconography and a text overlay. I also dig the comparatively subdued colors on the hexagons for both boards, which seems common for 70s Channel Islands.

The red and yellow Bob Krause Channel Islands single fin has a racy double wing design in the tail. You can just make it out in the picture at the top of the page. Sadly, I don’t have any dimensions on the board, just the photos you can see here.

I’m not sure when Krause shaped for Channel Islands, but the board was clearly made during the 1970s. At some point I imagine Krause left the label, but I was unable to find any information online. If you have any more info on Bob Krause and his surfboards, please drop me a line, as I’d love to learn more about this Santa Barbara shaper.

The Severson Files from Surfer Magazine

Surfer Magazine just published this short, lovely video on their YouTube channel. John Severson, of course, was the founder of Surfer Magazine. Sadly, Severson passed away last year, but not without leaving an indelible mark on the sport. The video features some classic longboarding paired with truly spectacular California conditions, and a fantastic jazz soundtrack, to boot. This might be the most enjoyable three minutes I’ve spent on YouTube this whole year.

Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re going back to one of the most interesting eras in all of surfboard design: the famous Transition Era of the late 1960s. The Shred Sledz editorial staff — i.e., me — lives and surfs in California, and as a result, the blog has a tendency to focus on the Golden State. But I love Australia, and I leap at any opportunity to write up great vintage Aussie surfboards. Today’s post features some cross-Pacific collaboration in the form of a Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom model that was likely shaped between late 1968 and early 1969.

The G&S Farrelly V Bottom pictured above was originally listed for sale on Craigslist in North Carolina, although the listing has since been taken down. I wrote an earlier post on the Farrelly V Bottom, which you can find here. In retrospect, the post was a bit confusing, as it included examples of both the Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom (identical to the one featured on this post), as well as the G&S Farrelly Stringlerless, which are in fact two distinct models.

Luckily, Geoff Cater of the incomparable Surf Research — which is a must read — was able to share some more info on the development of Farrelly’s boards. (Check out Surf Research’s entry on Midget Farrelly for a thorough history on the Australian and his designs.)

The Gordon & Smith Farrelly Stringerless model came first in around 1966. Frankly, this date surprised me — I had expected the board to be produced starting around the later part of the decade.

The Stringerless model was succeeded by the Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom, which is the board pictured here. The logo at the top of the page is a giveaway that this is a Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom, and not a Farrelly Stringerless. The logo is actually a take on the original Farrelly Surfboards logo, with a tweak whereby Farrelly’s Palm Beach address is replaced with the “Gordon & Smith Surfboards USA” text.

Back in Australia, the board was also known as the Speed Squaretail, and I believe it was produced under Farrelly’s own surfboard label, versus the Gordon & Smith brand.

As for the Gordon & Smith Farrelly V Bottom featured here, the board measures in at 8’4″, and it has a W.A.V.E. Set fin box. Thankfully the seller included some nice photos in the listing, which clearly show the vee bottom as well as the chunky dimensions of the tail. The asking price was $1,500, and sadly there’s no way of telling the sale price.

Thanks to Geoff Cater for info on this awesome Transition Era board, and don’t forget to visit Surf Research.

Another Rick Hamon Aipa Sting

Greetings, Shredderz! If you already follow along on Instagram — and if you don’t, I’d like to think it’s worth your time — the board featured above probably looks familiar. I posted the photo of this Rick Hamon Aipa Sting (produced under the Surfing’s New Image label) over the weekend, and then decided it was worth a brief post.

I’ve written about Rick Hamon’s work for Surfing’s New Image a few times before, including this post on the difference between the SNI / Aipa boards and those actually shaped by Ben Aipa himself. The Rick Hamon Aipa sting featured here is a gorgeous board, and it bears a striking resemblance to another SNI sting I wrote up a few weeks back.

The board has a stunning rainbow gradient spray job complemented by a simple but perfect red pinline around the edge of the board. It’s one of the cleaner examples I have come across. It’s still for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles, and you can find the listing here. The Rick Hamon Aipa sting is 6’9″ long and the seller is asking $2,500. As flawless as this board appears, I think the $2,500 price is way too expensive. (By contrast, another SNI / Aipa sting in good condition sold for $600 in San Diego, which I would say is a bit on the cheap side).

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If you look closely at the top rail, you can see the subtle fluting, resulting in an elevated wing.

That said, I love the subtle fluting that appears on the wings. See the picture above — you can just make out the curve at the top of the photo.

I have seen Aipa / Rick Hamon stings both with and without fluted rails. (Also, I’m not entirely sure if these are considered proper fluted wings, as I have seen boards where the fluting appears on the deck side, versus the bottom). Below is an example that doesn’t have any fluting on the wings, as you can clearly see in the photos. (This is the same board featured in my last Rick Hamon Aipa sting post.)

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Another super duper clean example of an Aipa sting by Rick Hamon and Surfing’s New Image. There’s no fluting on the wings on the bottom — they are completely flush with the rest of the board. This board measures in at 7’4″.

On the other hand, here is yet another Aipa Surfing’s New Image sting with clear fluting in the rails. It also has the same rainbow gradient spray job that seems to have been so popular among many of Hamon’s shapes during this time. The board below even has the identical red pinline work, too.

I don’t think the board featured at the top of the page is worth $2,500, but the more I see the Rick Hamon / Surfing’s New Image / Aipa sting boards, the more appreciation I gain for this cool variant on one of the signature surfboard designs of the 1970s. You can check out the board here.

Late 1960s Rick Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s post we have a neat Transition Era board from one of my favorite surfboard brands ever: Rick Surfboards. Rick Surfboards was the eponymous label from Rick Stoner, Bing Copeland’s former business partner and South Bay, Los Angeles lifeguard. For more background on Rick Surfboards, check out this Deep Dive on the brand’s 1960s longboards, as well as this complementary piece on the Barry Kanaiaupuni Pintail model. The BK model is particularly interesting because it bears a striking similarity to the Rick single fin featured here. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown on the board.

First, the Rick single fin featured here is currently being listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego. All pics in the post are via the Craigslist listing, which can be found here. First, shout out to the seller, who was kind enough to supply a number of very detailed pics of the board. Second, the Rick single fin measures in at 8’2″ and a generous 22.5″ width, and the seller claims the board was shaped during 1968. This date is certainly supported by the dimensions of the board, as well as the unmistakable W.A.V.E. Set fin box.

That all being said, I am struck by the similarities between the Rick single fin featured here and the Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Pintail. The BK Pintail model was also shaped during the late 1960s, and as you can see in the picture below, it boasts a similar outline. Both boards have relatively wide noses and mid-sections that taper into aggressive pintails. I have seen versions of the BK Pintail that had glassed on fins, instead of W.A.V.E. Set boxes, but as you can see below, the Pintail was clearly made with both options.

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Example of a Rick Surfboards BK Pintail. Pic via Buggs and his insane collection, which you can see more of on Surfboardline.com

Most of the Rick single fin boards I have seen are classic 70s single fins. Transition Era Rick single fin boards are a bit harder to come by (with the exception of the BK Pintail). Check out Buggs’ collection on Surfboardline.com for more examples of other late 1960s Rick boards, and you’ll notice that they have very different outlines from the single fin featured here.

My guess is the Rick single fin featured in this post is a BK Pintail model that is missing its laminates. I have no way of proving it, of course, but the outline is distinctive. Even the logo is the same (minus any mention of Barry Kanaiaupuni).

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This is the same exact logo you’ll see on Rick BK Pintails — and other Rick Surfboards from that era — but there’s no mention of Kanaiaupuni anywhere.

This is not to say that the Rick single fin featured here is a rare variant. If anything, I think it’s probably reflective of the informal ways surfboards were made back then. It could even be as simple as they ran out of laminates at the factory the day this board was made, or something along those lines.

The seller is asking $300 for the board. It’s in need of some more work — again, shout out to the seller for providing such detailed pics — but in my mind, this is a fair price for a unusual Transition Era board from one of my favorite surfboard logos ever. If you’re interested, you can check out the listing here.

Christian Fletcher Surfboards by Steve Boysen

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have one of the greatest ever surfboards from the late 1980s / early 1990s: a beautiful example of a Christian Fletcher Surfboards stick shaped by Oceanside, California shaper Steve Boysen.

The board pictured above was briefly posted on Craigslist, but the seller tells me he has since traded the board. Sorry if you had your heart set on this thing! The seller, a gentleman named Mark, emailed me these pics a few days ago but I didn’t get around to posting the photos until now. Thank you for the pics, Mark, and sorry I couldn’t get this done sooner!

As you can see in the photos above, the board boasts all the details we have come to expect from Christian Fletcher Surfboards, including the signature skull logo. The board featured here has a nice little tie dye pattern airbrush towards the rails, which I haven’t seen before.

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The board also features some pretty pronounced double concave in the tail, which you can clearly see in the picture above. There also some sweet two-tone glass-on fins.

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Boysen also signed the board near the stringer, and it’s clearly dated to 1989.

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Given the popularity of the Christian Fletcher Surfboards label, you would think there would be more information available about the brand online. But I have yet to find a definitive history of the label. Instead, I’m forced to make do with the occasional  Christian Fletcher Surfboards example that pops up for sale every now and then. Christian Fletcher Surfboards was advertised as its own brand; but Fletcher also rode boards that boasted both Christian Fletcher Surfboards and Town & Country Surfboards laminates. Christian Fletcher Surfboards were also produced with a number of different shapers, including Peter Benjamin, Nev Hyman, Chris McElroy and Randy Sleigh. If I had to guess, I would say the most common shaper I have seen with Christian Fletcher Surfboards is Steve Boysen, whose logo is immediately recognizable.

I think these Christian Fletcher Surfboards examples are primed to show up at auctions in future years, given that these boards have a passionate following. It’s for good reason, too: beyond the logo, which is a perfect visual encapsulation of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Fletcher will always stand out as one of the sport’s most fascinating characters.

Vintage Greg Noll Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a special board: a vintage Greg Noll surfboard in what appears to be stellar, all original condition. Greg Noll, of course, will forever be “Da Bull”, and also the star of one of surfing’s most timeless photos. Greg Noll Surfboards are some of the most collectible boards in the world. (On a separate note, I can’t help but feel that the reign of 60s longboards is beginning to wane a bit, as surfboard collectors become younger.) You’ll see a vintage Greg Noll surfboard pop up for sale on Craigslist here and there, but they tend to have some flaws.

The vintage Greg Noll surfboard pictured above is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in New Jersey, and the seller is asking a cool $2,750.

First, a bit about the price. It’s maddeningly difficult to price surfboards in general, but lucky for us, there are a few nice data points from earlier vintage Greg Noll surfboard sales that took place at auction. I’m setting aside any auctions for Miki Dora’s infamous “Da Cat” model, as I think these are priced higher than standard Noll models. First, a 1967 Greg Noll Hawaiian gun will be sold at the upcoming California Gold surf auction, and the estimates are $3,500 to $5,000. Note the condition on the Noll Hawaiian gun is estimated to be a seven out of ten. And at a previous California Gold auction, a Charlie Galanto-shaped Greg Noll Hawaiian gun sold for $5,000.

The seller of the vintage Greg Noll surfboard featured here claims the board is all original, and was stored indoors for most of its life. As you can see in the pictures, the board appears to be in fantastic condition.

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I’d also like to give a special shout out to the seller, who clearly put a ton of time and effort into making sure the photos did justice to this lovely vintage Greg Noll surfboard. In the photo above you can see an interesting serial number. Sadly, I don’t have any insight as to whether the serial number above means anything.

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The board isn’t perfect, by any means — check out the small shatters on the deck, and a few mysterious looking pockmarks. Nonetheless, it is in extremely good condition for a board that is 50+ years old, especially if it is all-original, per the seller’s claims.

I’m also a little blown away by the stringer setup. If I had to guess it’s a redwood stringer sandwiched by two monster balsa stringers on either side, but I’m not certain. Either way, the vintage Greg Noll surfboard pictured above looks like it’s pretty sturdy.

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Part of the reason I’m so excited to run this post is because it’s rare to see a vintage Greg Noll surfboard like this one documented in such great detail, much less for sale. Vintage Greg Noll Surf is an incredible resource for information on Greg Noll boards, and you’ll notice a photo posted there has an almost identical fin setup to the board featured here. VGNS claims the fin featured on their site was shaped by Greg’s brother, Jim Noll, who apparently also made a lot of the fins on Greg Noll boards from the early- to mid-1960s.

If you’re looking to add an indisputable surf classic to your quiver, then check out the vintage Greg Noll surfboard on Craigslist here.

Aipa Surfing’s New Image Sting by Rick Hamon

Greetings, Shredderz! By now regular readers might know that I have a real affection for the sting, a surfboard outline created by Ben Aipa in the 1970s, and ridden to acclaim by Hawaiian surfers like Buttons Kaluhiokalani and Larry Bertlemann (and Mark Richards, too!) The board is frequently referred to as the stinger, but Aipa insists the proper name is the sting, and I am in no position whatsoever to argue with that! I wrote a previous post about how to identify genuine Ben Aipa shaped stings, given that many “Aipa” boards were produced by California-based Surfing’s New Image during the 1970s and 1980s. SNI boards are nothing to sneeze at though, as some of them were shaped by Donald Takayama. Rick Hamon, who would later become one of the top shapers at Rusty Surfboards, also churned out a number of Aipa / Surfing’s New Image stings.

Pictured above is a pretty flawless example of a Rick Hamon-shaped Aipa / SNI sting. These aren’t quite as collectible as real deal Aipas, but they are still amazing boards. The board pictured above happens to be listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, and you can find the listing here.

As you can see from the pictures, this thing is in extremely clean condition. The seller claims the board was shaped for him around 1975, which would put it around the height of the sting’s popularity. It has a beautiful rainbow airbrush on the deck, which you can clearly see in the pictures. The board measures in at 7’4″.

The seller is asking $600 for the board. While Aipa / SNI stings shaped by Hamon don’t command as high prices as Ben Aipa hand shapes, there seem to be a number of sting lovers. And even if the board isn’t shaped by Aipa, it still has his logo on it, which makes a difference. My two cents is this is a great price for the board considering the condition. Of course, standard caveats apply, as I haven’t seen the board in person for myself, but from what I can tell from the listing, this is a nice little pickup.

You can check out the Aipa Surfing’s New Image listing here.

Jacobs Single Fin by Redman

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a quickie, but that doesn’t make this board any less stunning. Pictured below is a stunning Seventies single fin shaped under the Jacobs label by storied underground shaper Robert “Redman” Manville. The pictures of this board come courtesy of Shred Sledz reader Steve Wray, whom you might remember for his absolutely killer Jacobs Mike Purpus V.

Surfer Magazine ran a small obituary for Redman for his passing in 2004. The obituary credits Redman as a legendary East Coast shaper. Before that, Redman had his roots in the South Bay near Los Angeles, which would explain his involvement with Jacobs, which has its roots in Hermosa Beach.

There are some interesting details about this board that I can’t quite line up with any research I was able to find online. The owner tells me the board was shaped during the 1970s, and between the unusual logo above, the airbrush and the board’s outline, I can’t imagine otherwise. However, Stoked-n-Board’s Jacobs Surfboards entry doesn’t list an owner for the brand between 1971 and 1976. Moreover, they list Manville as having shaped for Jacobs during the 1990s, with no mention of an earlier stint. Still, I would be shocked if this were a reproduction — the Redman surfboard above has all the hallmarks of a Seventies single fin.

I don’t see a signature for the airbrush anywhere, but the board’s owner speculates it might have been done by the one and only Jack Meyer. I don’t have any proof, but with the bright colors and dolphins, the airbrush definitely could have been done by Meyer.

This Redman shape might not command eye-popping prices at the next high-end auction, but that’s not the point. I absolutely love this board, starting from the contrast between the clean and simple deck and then the over the top madness of the airbrush on the bottom. In addition, I have a soft spot for well-regarded but still mostly underground shapers like Redman. More than anything else, though, I love the board because it suggests that if you’re into vintage surfboards and you’re down to explore just a tiny bit, you can find all sorts of unique little gems that have so much unseen history behind them.

Thanks again Steve for sharing the pics, and if you have a board you’d like to share, please do let me know.

Phil Edwards Honolulu Longboard

Greetings, Shredderz! This post, like yesterday’s feature on a Zephyr single fin, is best suited for surfboard collectors with champagne tastes. What we have here is a rare example of a Phil Edwards Honolulu longboard. I’ve written before about Phil Edwards signature boards for Hobie Surfboards, which remain coveted among longboard collectors. As much as I love the Hobie Phil Edwards Model, which is an undisputed classic, I’m also partial to the Phil Edwards Honolulu run, which were made during Edwards’ time living and shaping in Hawaii during the late 1960s.

The Phil Edwards Honolulu model pictured above is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Orange County (San Clemente, to be exact). The board has been restored, and it looks to be in great condition.

The catch, of course, is the price: a cool $2,900. I won’t get into details on the pricing here, but Phil Edwards Honolulu boards are pretty hard to come by.

If you want to check out the listing for the board, you can do so here. All pics above are via the Craigslist posting.

Finally, I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I’m planning on a longer feature on the Phil Edwards Honolulu model. Stay tuned on that one…