Here’s an example of an old school Hawaiian Islands Creations board on Craigslist. Measurements are 5′10″ x 20″ (approximately). I think the $450 price is, uh, optimistic, especially considering the deck looks like crumpled up aluminum foil in places, but I dig the hideous 80s paint job, and the channels and quad fin setup are pretty neat, too.
This one is a no-brainer: a Jeff McCallum quad fish on Craigslist, in seemingly great condition, for $500. Who knows what kind of pressure dings and heel dents are lurking underneath the wax job, but this is an eminently reasonable price for a board that can easily retail for twice as much (e.g., Seasick). Look at that beaked nose, too – seems like this is a great board for summer with lots of volume for catching tons of underwhelming waves. Board is located in Los Angeles.
Found on Craigslist in Cayucos, CA is a vintage Dewey Weber Stylist mini gun. The poster claims it’s from 1969. Looks like the real deal, but it’s hard to tell given the, uh, not quite professional photography stylings. The Stylist logo matches up with the poster’s description as well as Stoked N Board. It’s going for $400, but sounds like the board isn’t water tight, and looks like there could be some water damage at the tail. The fact the poster alludes to a needed restoration isn’t super encouraging, either. Still – a nice little bit of surf history never hurt anyone!
This thing is gorgeous. Originally listed on Surfboard Hoard, this is an early Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC) board from 1981, and shaped by well-known Hawaiian shaper Cino Magallanes. The board is in beautiful condition, as you can see from the pictures, and I dig the old-school logo. The triple redwood stringers are a nice touch, as is the mahogany fin. And man, look at those channels! The channels are reminiscent of an Al Byrne or even a Dave Parmenter design. This board seems like it would be an incredible step up for some bigger waves. I’m guessing it would just go perfectly for some decent-sized Hawaiian surf with some real power behind it.
One interesting thing to note is that Stoked N Board’s HIC page doesn’t have Cino listed as ever having shaped for HIC. Looking at that entry you can see that HIC was a real murderer’s row of Hawaiian shapers – Brian Bulkley, Eric Arakawa and John Carper, just to name a few.
Buy it on Surfboard Hoard here.
I love surfboards in general, but I hold a special place in my heart for 80s and 90s surf culture. There’s something about the neon and the brash attitude of that era – I mean, we’re talking about a time when it was not just considered acceptable but downright cool to wear webbed gloves – that holds an inexplicable appeal.
And what better tribute to the glorious 80s than a Christian Fletcher signature board via classic 80s surf brand Town & Country? The board was originally posted on the Vintage Surfboard Collectors group on Facebook, which is required viewing for anyone who is at all interested in old surfboards. Fletcher, of course, is one of the all-time counter-culture icons in a sport that prides itself on non-conformity. I love the neon paint job on this thing, and the neon T&C logo, which must have been so cool and edgy back in the day, now feels like a warm time machine back to a more innocent time.
The board looks to be shaped by Peter Benjamin. Looks like Benjamin shaped both under his BeenJammin label (which you can see here beneath the PB icon) as well as Town & Country. According to Benjamin, the board was likely shaped somewhere between 1986 and 1989. What an awesome find!
This Craigslist post has a Doug Haut shape from 1976. Call it Santa Cruz by way of the North Shore. It’s an interesting shape from Haut, a legendary Santa Cruz shaper, clearly in the style of legendary Hawaiian shaper Ben Aipa’s famous Sting design. The poster claims the board has been stored indoors for 20+ years. It’s got a glassed on leash loop, which is nice for us non-Olympian swimmers, as a lot of boards from these days don’t have any options for attaching a leash. Looks like there might have been a decent ding on the bottom of the board, right beneath the logo, but otherwise it looks to be in pretty nice condition, especially for something that’s 40 years old. $400 will take it.
Really sweet and clean looking Hansen “The Master” model board up on eBay right now. Unrestored, apparently kept inside for most of its life, and according to the listing it has been surfed <10 times (good if you’re a buyer, but borderline negligent if you’re the seller!)
Oh baby! This here is a Rick Surfboards longboard from what the posting claims is 1965. The Rick noserider bears serial number 1252 and it comes in at a pretty hefty 9′9″. From Stoked n Board it’s not clear if the numbering matches up to the year that’s claimed, but the logos seem to correspond to that rough time period. This one isn’t cheap – listed at $1100 – but it seems to be in pretty great condition for a board from the 60s, and it’s a great little piece of California surf history!
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.