Great Moments in Pop Out History: Dextra

Another interesting find on Craigslist…a Dextra board from sometime in the 60s. According to the listing it is serial number 7588. Stoked n Board’s excellent resource page doesn’t have any info about when this would correspond to, but the same page indicates that logo is probably sometime in 1965. Board looks to be in great condition given that it’s 50 years old. Dextra is infamous for having produced pop outs during this time, so don’t expect the quality or craftsmanship you would with a handmade surfboard from this era. Still, for a board from the 1960s it’s in great condition.

Marc Andreini Bonzer: Alternative Tri-Fin

Another cool Andreini up on Craigslist! This is a 6′10″ Andreini Bonzer shape. Bonzers can come in a wide variety of setups, but as you can see in the pictures above, this board has two side bites complemented by a large fin in the center. The fin setup is unusual for Andreini, whose focus is largely on single fins. With that said, Andreini is a noted surf history buff, and one whose designs draw upon the tradition of many other California shapers, like Reynolds Yater.

The board is described as being a “Campbell Bros Tribute.” The Campbell Brothers invented the Bonzer tri-fin setup in 1970. Simon Anderson invented the Thruster in 1980, and Anderson is widely credited for popularizing the tri-fin setup as the default for performance shortboards. That said, it is worth noting that the respective Campbell brothers and Anderson designs are very different, and the Bonzer, while not quite as revolutionary as the thruster, is a design that endures to this day.

The Andreini Bonzer pictured above was taken from a Mike Eaton outline. Eaton was shaping for Bing Surfboards during the 1970s. Bing and the Campbell brothers collaborated on a Bing-branded Bonzer model starting in 1973. Eaton, who was then one of the head shapers at Bing, was critical in helping get the Bing Bonzer off the ground. Eaton later went on to shape under his eponymous label, where he shaped Bonzers until his untimely passing.

At $700, the Andreini Bonzer isn’t cheap, but it’s a cool and unusual board, and good luck finding any Andreinis for that much cheaper.

Andreini Camo Vaquero

I can’t believe this Andreini has been languishing on Craigslist for a few weeks now. It’s a 9′ Vaquero model, which is a little longer than usual, given that most Vaqueros are in the mid-length range. Still, it’s such a cool board, and it even sports Andreini’s signature anti-shark camouflage pattern on the bottom. Looks to be in pretty good shape, and I think the board is extremely well priced at $675 (note that no fin is included, and the fin with the board is a Greenough fin, as opposed to one of Andreini’s signature A Flexes). I own a 9′ Serena Andreini and it is a wave-catching machine, and the famous hull bottom makes it feel like you’re surfing a hovercraft at times.

Andreini Pig

Reasonable deal on an Andreini on Craigslist. $700 gets you an Andreini Pig model noserider. According to the listing there are no dings on the board and the dimensions are 9′5″ x 18″ x  23″ x 17″. It’s got a nice tapered wood stringer, and I personally love the White Owl branding, which Andreini uses now and then. (You can read more about Andreini’s connection to the venerable White Owl brand here.) Probably won’t last long, as this is well priced and Marc’s boards are understandably super popular!