Bob Mitsven Thruster

Are you ready to do some more Dumpster Divin’ with your old buds from Shred Sledz? Sure you are!

Available in San Diego, via Craigslist, is this 7′ Mitsven thruster.

It’s a mere $65. The poster claims there are no dings on the board, but it’s kind of hard to tell with that bizarre whitewash paint job on the bottom. I feel like you could easily strip the paint. It looks like it’s sitting on top of the fiberglass.

The logos make me think this is an older Mitsven, via the always-helpful Stoked N Board. Nowadays you can find Bob Mitsven’s shapes at Mollusk, but they tend to focus on his eggs, and the logos look more modernized. This board might be less popular, given it looks to be a kind of step-up or some sort of mini gun, but hey – a watertight surfboard for $65 is generally a pretty good deal. Mitsven, of course, is an extremely well-regarded San Diego shaper. You can read more about him here.

Check out the board on Craigslist here.

Recent Mike Hynson Single Fin

Surfer or not, you have likely heard of “The Endless Summer”, filmmaker Bruce Brown’s timeless ode to surfing, and one of the few surf movies to receive equally rapturous responses from surfing insiders as well as the mainstream (alongside “In God’s Hands”, of course.)

Mike Hynson, one of the stars of “The Endless Summer”, went on to a distinguished career as a surfboard shaper. Hyson’s life is a compelling story of its own, sadly filled with more drama and lows than the movie that made him famous, recounted in an autobiography released in 2011.

What we have here, via Craigslist in San Diego, is a 9′2″ Hynson hand shaped board with a clear signature on the stringer. The signature includes the “Om” symbol, a favorite of Hynson’s. You can see another example of an excellent and clear Hynson signature here, via a board that was once on sale at peerless San Diego shop Surfy Surfy.

The best part about this listing? The board is going for a mere $525. I think this is a steal. There’s a 9′0″ on sale directly from Hynson’s website currently going for $1500.  Hynson is 74 and while he’s still shaping today, I think it’s likely that his most prolific days are behind him. Surfers and shapers don’t get any more legendary than one of the guys who starred in “The Endless Summer”. And most importantly, of course, Hynson’s pedigree as a shaper cannot be overstated.

Check the listing here.

Crow for Carbonell

This surfboard (via Craigslist in LA) is like seeing Helen of Troy with a terrible boob job. It is a beautiful old board from the 60s, likely shaped by Larry Weise. (You can barely see his initials – “L.W. Crow” underneath the #93 in the fifth picture). The board is such a cool old school shape, and Carbonell, a Laguna Beach-based brand, wasn’t one I had ever heard of before. I like that it measures in at a solid 10′, too – I can imagine taking this thing out in some small waves and being able to just scratch into anything.

Sadly, though, there is the matter of that horrible black noseguard. It looks like it’s likely hiding some damage near the nose as well. It might all be a dealbreaker considering the board is going for $500. Either way, worth checking out. You can see the listing here.

Last of the Wildmen: Martin “Pottz” Potter

Whoever posted this little number must be dreaming about the price – $1,000 is a lot for a surfboard, no matter what! – but it’s still worth looking at the pictures. Located on Craigslist in Daytona Beach, Florida is a cool little Blue Hawaii ‘Pottz’ board, named after legendary former tour surfer Martin Potter and shaped by well-regarded Hawaiian shaper Greg Minami. This is different from the board most surf fans associate with Pottz – the T&C with the jagged green outline and yellow deck – but nonetheless still a fantastic memento from the surf industry of yesteryear. Check it out here.

Zuma Jay Single Fin

Up for grabs on Craigslist in Ventura CA is a Zuma Jay single fin for $100. Warning: there could be a decent amount of repair involved in this one. The duct tape on the tail is never a good sign, and it looks like the bottom has a bunch of little dings or discoloration. Still, not an awful price for a little project, especially considering Zuma Jay’s status as a well-known Malibu brand. Not sure who the shaper could be, but Stoked N Board pegs the logo as sometime between 1985 and 1990. I wonder if it could be a little earlier than that, even, given the singlefin setup. Check it out here.

Ben Aipa for Kimo’s Surf Hut

File this guy under things I have never seen before…

This is a 9′ Ben Aipa-shaped longboard with a logo from Kimo’s Surf Hut. The Aipa signature is definitely consistent with other signatures I have seen from genuine Aipa boards. I have never heard of Kimo’s Surf Hut before, but it looks like it’s a surf shop located on the eastern side of Oahu.

The board measures 9′ and it’s $550, available on Craigslist near Los Angeles. I think the asking price of $500 might be steep – especially since it looks like there could be some pretty bad damage on the nose – but it’s a cool example of a board from a well-known shaper with a very uncommon logo.

Craigslist listing here.

Aleutian Juice

Earlier today I was perusing some pictures of boards with channels, and I started thinking about how Shred Sledz has yet to feature anything from legendary Central Coast (CA) shaper Dave Parmenter. Parmenter is a former tour competitor and So Cal competitive surf rat who has gracefully transitioned into a career as one of the wisest (and most opinionated) men in surfing. Parmenter is famously prickly, but he makes beautiful – and functional! – surfboards (I’ve never met the man, but I imagine he would much prefer if I reversed the order of those adjectives).

What we have here (via Craigslist) is a 7′6″ version of Parmenter’s Stubb Vector shape, which is intended to deliver high performance in the guise of a hybrid / funboard. The best part? The poster claims this stick has never even seen wax, and it comes in at an extremely reasonable $350. Check it out here.

Simon Anderson for Energy Surfboards

Check out this vintage Simon Anderson single fin on eBay Australia! Simon Anderson’s claim to shaping fame is the fact he invented the thruster, the first tri-fin surfboard design that stands as one of the most influential shapes in surfboard history. 35 years ago the thruster ushered in the modern shortboard era, and it remains the de facto fin setup for performance surfing.

This board, from Anderson’s now-defunct Energy label, likely predates Anderson’s wonderful invention. It’s a great example of an early-era Anderson board. Energy thrusters in good condition are more coveted (and command higher prices), but what we have here is still the product of one of the most important shapers ever, and it’s water-tight, to boot!

According to the listing the board has been looked over by well-known Aussie surfboard restorer Levi Jones (who is very active on Vintage Surfboard Collectors). It measures in at 6′5″, and it’s ready for a surf right now. Good luck on the bidding here.

Mike Diffenderfer Gun

There’s a sweet Mike Diffenderfer gun up for sale on eBay, which you can find here. By now my affinity for neon paint jobs is well-documented, but let me just say I love the way this board looks. Diffenderfer, of course, is a legendary surfboard shaper. I suggest reading up on his entry in the Encyclopedia of Surfing. Seems like Diffenderfer specialized in big wave guns, and this board looks like it fits the bill, clocking in at a healthy 7′2″ x 18.25″. This looks to be a later-era Diffenderfer, if I had to guess, and there are a bunch of dings on the board. Sadly, Diffenderfer passed away in 2002, so they’re not making any more of these. Starting bid is $399 and you can find the listing here.

Channel Islands Al Merrick Tri Plane Hull

 

For sale on eBay is a vintage Channel Islands single fin. This one is presumably shaped by Al Merrick, though it doesn’t seem to have his signature anywhere on it. This one isn’t all original, though apparently restorations were done by Joe Roper down in San Diego, who is probably at the top of the list of people you would want working on a board like this. It’s not super expensive – buy it now price is $600 – but that’s far from a steal, too. I can’t help but think that hand-shaped Merricks are eventually going to shoot up in value, given what an iconic brand Channel Islands is (and the fact that Al doesn’t seem to be making them anymore!) Anyway, check out the board here if you’re interested.