Hawaiian Enforcer Johnny Boy Gomes

And here we are with another edition of Dumpster Diving, featuring some really cheap surfboards that are available for your viewing pleasure!

This board is a Johnny Boy Gomes signature model, made by famous Hawaiian brand Town & Country Surfboards. You can find it on Craigslist in Santa Monica, and per the rigorous regulations of our Dumpster Diving feature, the board clocks in at well under the $100 threshold – a mere $68 will take this home.

The bad news: the board isn’t in great condition. It’s got a lot of discoloration on the deck and a ton of pressure dings. There are no pictures of the tail that show it in detail, so there might be some more problems there.

The signature on the stringer dates this board to 1994, right about at the height of Gomes’ fame. Gomes was a longtime North Shore heavyweight who was known for his powerful and aggressive surfing. Johnny Boy was a Hawaiian trialist at the 1997 Pipe Masters and he won the whole thing, something that only two other Hawaiians can claim (Bruce Irons, of course, and Jamie O’Brien being the other.) Unfortunately, he also carved out a reputation for not being the best ambassador of the aloha spirit. He has been in multiple brushes with the law, including an arrest for assault last December in Waikiki.

But anyway, this board is a decent deal. The 90s have yet to really come back in style but this is a definite homage to that era, given the T&C brand and Johnny Boy, who faded from surf industry prominence shortly afterwards. I’m having a hard time figuring out who might have shaped it and what the letters on the board indicate. I’m wondering if the signature before the measurements would be “JJ”, for Jeff Johnston, who was a longtime shaper for T&C. The dims of the board are 6′6″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 7/16″, which sounds about right for mid 90s high performance sleds.

Check it out on Craigslist here, and for a bonus, here’s a shot of Johnny Boy putting one of his signature boards to good use:

A Model of Efficiency: Surfboards Hawaii

If you’re in the Orange County / LA area, there’s a cool little Surfboards Hawaii Model A floating around on Craigslist. Link here.

It’s not cheap – the poster is asking $725 for the board, which has some obvious discoloration on the deck – but it’s a cool example of an older Surfboards Hawaii board. The brand is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s always great to see examples of these boards floating around. As the old saying goes…they’re not making any more of them!

The triple stringer design is pretty cool and unique.

In doing some quick research, Stoked-n-Board predictably has some useful information on its entry for Surfboards Hawaii. Apparently the original Model A was produced in Encinitas (Surfboards Hawaii had factories there and in Haleiwa) between 1964 and 1967. According to this thread on Swaylocks, the Model A is a step deck design, which was common during this era.

Retros were also made of the Model A starting in 1991. The logos for the original board and the more recent retro models are almost identical. The only way to tell the difference between the original logo and the retro lego is that the space between “Surfboards” and “Hawaii” is much wider on the original.

Compare the screenshot attached to this post with the one inserted below. In the picture below, you can clearly see that “Surfboards” and “Hawaii” are pushed much closer together.


Dick Brewer even hand shaped some of these boards, as he was shaping for Surfboards Hawaii during this time. It’s unclear if the example here is a Brewer handshape or if it was made by someone else.

For some great pics of another Surfboards Hawaii Model A and then a Model AAA (which was apparently a shorter transition shape counterpart to the original Model A), you can go to Used Surf, a Japanese website that has some beautiful old boards for sale. Here’s the Model A by Brewer, and then a Model AAA also shaped by him. You’ll notice they have the same distinctive triple stringer setup.

Check out the board here.

Holy Trinity: Occy, Rusty and Billabong

I’m not usually one for repro boards, but hey, there are exceptions to every rule.

Located here on Craigslist is one of the Rusty Priesendorfer re-makes of a famous board he made back for Mark “Occy” Occhilupo back in 1984. This board is an exact replica and was made in conjunction with Rusty, Occ’s shaper back in the 80s, and Billabong, his longtime clothing sponsor. You can see the announcement here, which has some cool pics.

The dimensions are 6’0″ x 20″ x 2 ¼”, harkening back to a time when high performance thrusters had a lot more foam to them. The price is $425, which I think is decent, given that the board is limited – only 100 made – and it’s in pretty good condition, with the only visible wear and tear being a couple of heel dents from being surfed. (And part of me is stoked this thing didn’t just end up being a wall hanger!)

For reference, this board below is a Rusty board made for Occ sometime back in the 80s. This was originally posted to Boardcollector.com.

Here’s a shot of Occy in what I’m guessing is Hawaii back in the day:

Haut and About

Doug Haut is a well-known shaper in Santa Cruz. If you’re unfamiliar with the man, Surfer Magazine did a nice little write-up on him that you can find here. He also runs Haut Surf Shop.

Haut was recently inducted into the Shaper Hall of Fame (which, ironically, I couldn’t find), and in an accompanying Instagram post, Marc Andreini called Haut the best shaper he has ever known.

Sounds like Haut isn’t one for the spotlight, but nonetheless, in honor of this recent accolade, here’s one of his older boards, currently available on Craigslist in Haut’s very own Santa Cruz.

The gun measures in at 8′2″ and it was shaped sometime in the 70s, hence the absence of a leash plug.

Check out the board here if you charge Steamer Lane during the bigger days and you’d like to give a nod to one of Santa Cruz’s most famous shapers.

Mike Slingerland for Surfboards Hawaii

File this one under “coulda, shoulda, woulda.”

Pictured here is a 1970s Surfboards Hawaii Hydro model, shaped by Mike Slingerland, that recently sold on eBay. I think the brand has its strongest association with its noseriders from the 1960s, but this is a cool example of a different board from the storied brand.

Many shapers passed through Surfboards Hawaii, such as Dick Brewer and Donald Takayama. Slingerland might not be quite as famous as Brewer, but he is an incredibly well respected shaper in his own right. Nowadays he’s shaping a lot of boards for Surfy Surfy, which is a great shop down in San Diego.

As you can see, this board boasts an airbrush job that fits in right with the groovy 70s. It’s got some interesting channels on the bottom of the board, paired with a double wing in the tail.

I say coulda, shoulda, woulda because it turns out this board sold for under $200! Not bad, especially if you arranged for a local pickup instead of the $135 shipping option. You can still see the eBay post here.

Takayama & Tudor

Here’s a quick hit for you: a rare Joel Tudor logo for a Donald Takayama board.

The board is listed on eBay, which you can find here. It’s not in great shape, including two delam spots and a decent amount of sun damage. I have never seen this logo before, though, and it’s a great example of a more obscure aspect of one of the greatest surfer / shaper partnerships in modern surfing.

Check out the board on eBay here.

Schroff: 80s to the Max

In the 80s, the predominant aesthetic for surfboard design was one of bold graphics and huge logos. Some people think it’s a little over the top and ugly.

Those people are wrong.

Case in point, look at this beautiful Peter Schroff surfboard that is for sale on eBay. Sure, we can go on about the dimensions —5’10” x 20.5” x 2.75”, with glassed on quad fins, and a double bump swallow tail, blah blah blah — but really this board is about the awesome laminates and the nostalgia for an era of hair metal, neon, and some fantastic John Hughes movies.

Schroff Surfboards, based out of Venice, will always be associated with Echo Beach and its flamboyant style. His boards, starting with his signature black and white checkered logo, are loud, colorful, and memorable. (Picture Credit: Used Surfboards)

Echo Beach refers to a stretch in Newport Beach where the infamous eighties surf aesthetic took root and came to define an entire era. You can read more about it in the fantastic photo book “The Eighties at Echo Beach”.

There is no better way to sterilize an exciting time than to turn it into a history lesson, so I won’t say any more about it. Instead, here’s a rad mini-gallery that features some classic eighties babes in high-cut one pieces, a young Kelly Slater, and some great SoCal nostalgia vibes.

Finally, if you’re interested in the board, you can find it on eBay here.

Mike Eaton for Bing Surfboards

This might be my very first post about Bing Surfboards. Considering Bing’s place in surf history, that means this post is very much overdue!

I know I use the word “classic” a lot, but hey, I just so happen to write about some pretty sick surfboards. Bing is a quintessential California surf label, co-founded by two men who have earned their right in surfing’s history books: namesake Bing Copeland, and Rick Stoner, who later founded his own eponymous label.

I stumbled across a fantastic little Bing transitional shape that is still available on Craigslist in the San Diego area, which you can find here. The poster claims the board was shaped by Mike Eaton, who was one of the early advocates of the bonzer shape. You can clearly see Eaton’s name (though it is stamped, not signed) on the stringer in the last picture.

I can’t quite figure out what model this board might be. According to Stoked-n-Board, Eaton shaped for the label between 1965 and 2001. You can see a stamp on the stringer that indicates this board was shaped on August 15 1977, which places it towards the very end of the transitional era. The 360 logo on the board is also a giveaway for this time period. Curiously, the 360 logo isn’t listed on S-n-B’s page for Bing Surfboards, which seems like a big oversight given that you often see it on Bing boards from this time period.

The board is 9′ and 23.5″ wide. It also features a step deck. There’s another inscription on the stringer that says “Pinski”, which I am having trouble placing. It doesn’t seem to correspond to a specific Bing model, so I’m wondering if maybe this was a custom shape for someone with that name.

And if you’re into classic Bing shapes, there is an entire website dedicated to the topic: Classic Bing Surfboards. One page features a whole bunch of pics of Bing boards from the 1960s, and there’s a separate page featuring some cool transitional shapes.

They’re asking $500 for the board – reasonable, but not a steal – and you can find it on Craigslist here.

Vintage Liddle: Pre Hulls

I’ve been waiting for a chance to post a Liddle board, but even my compulsive Craigslist trawling hasn’t yielded much in the way of results. I was surprised to stumble across this board – mis-labeled and mis-priced, although the lofty price seems to be entirely by accident, given that the poster probably doesn’t have any clue who Liddle is – on Craigslist in North Carolina.

Greg Liddle has been shaping for decades now, and he is famous for his displacement hulls. Displacement hulls are known for their ability to generate massive amounts of down-the-line speed, and they prefer clean, long pointbreaks (then again, don’t we all?). Here’s a cool little Surfers’ Journal feature on hulls and Liddle, and Liddle also has written a great history of how his designs came to be on his own website.

There are other hull practitioners, too, notably Shred Sledz favorite Marc Andreini, and Mandala’s Manny Caro. Andreini’s boards are known to be a little more forgiving than Liddle’s, which can be tough to surf for those who are not accustomed to them.

The board pictured here looks like an early Liddle model. The outline is very different than anything available in Liddle’s current lineup, which you can find here on his website. For starters, this board has much more of a pulled in nose, and the pintail seems quite dramatic and less rounded-off than Liddle’s current designs. The board pictured here looks almost like a straight up gun, especially given that it’s 9′ in length. I’d be curious to see more pictures of the bottom to see if it has any of the “belly” (convex shape towards the front of the board) that is one of the staples of a displacement hull design. The hole in the fin for a leash attachment suggests to me that it was made sometime in the 1970s, but I can’t be certain.

It’s extremely expensive at $700. Like I said, I get the impression the poster doesn’t know what he has and he’s just making up prices as he goes along. Either way, it’s a cool example of an older board from an extremely well-regarded shaper, and an unusual shape to boot.

You can check it out here.

Hollow Feeling: W.A.V.E Surfboards

The 1970s saw a lot of funky surfboard designs. Even by that decade’s standards, though, the infamous W.A.V.E. hollow surfboards stand out as one of the more interesting experiments to have been brought to market.

W.A.V.E. – an acronym, of course, standing for “Water Apparatus & Vehicular Engineering” – was the brainchild of Karl Pope and Tom Morey. Pope has gone on to work on things like collapsible surfboards, and Morey – who I guess has since renamed himself “Y” – is responsible for a bunch of surf-related inventions spanning the weird, the useful, and everything in between. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that these two had a hand in creating one of the few modern surfboards featuring a hollow core.

Found on Craigslist in Hollywood, Los Angeles is a nice W.A.V.E. board from sometime in the 70s. Judging from Stoked-n-Board’s entry for W.A.V.E., I would guess this model is the “73 DT”. 73 likely refers to the length of the board – confirmed by the Craigslist poster as 87″, or 7′3″ – and DT refers to the diamond tail. Looks like this board was made in 1973 and 1974. You can also see pics on Stoked-n-Board’s page about the fin box and its curious dual screw configuration. No idea if the fin pictured is the original; a cursory search for other W.A.V.E. boards seemed to turn up some Rainbow fins, but your guess is as good as mine here.

I have no clue how these boards ride, but I personally think the W.A.V.E. logo in the first screenshot is so rad. It’s very 70s, and it gives the board a ton of character. Sadly, some of the paint seems to be fading, especially around the rails, but otherwise the board looks like it’s in good condition.

Oh, and it’s only $150. That seems like a fair price. I wish there were a standard price book for surfboards (it seems insane that there isn’t such a thing), but here’s a thread where people are offering double for a similar looking board.

Anyway, check out this board here if you are so inclined.