Late 1960s Rick Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Featured here is a neat Rick single fin from the late 1960s, during the brief but influential Transition Era. First, for some background, Rick Surfboards is one of my all-time favorite vintage surfboard brands. For some more context, I recommend this Deep Dive on Rick Surfboards. I also wrote a follow up Deep Dive on the Rick Surfboards Barry Kanaiaupuni Model, which can be found here.

Anyway, the board featured here is a nifty little Rick single fin that was clearly made during the late 1960s during the sport’s brief but incredibly influential Transition Era. The board is currently for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, and you can find the listing here. Pics are via the listing. The board measures in at 8’2″ and a generous 22.5″ width, and the poster claims it was shaped in 1968. I’m also not sure whether the Rick single fin would be considered a mini-gun or a pocket rocket, as I have heard both of these terms used to apply to late 1960s not quite shortboards.

First, I am struck by the similarities between the outline on the single fin and the Rick Surfboards Barry Kanaiaupuni Model (the pintail version, not to be confused with BK’s short-lived longboard). Both boards feature wide noses and thick midsections that gracefully taper back into aggressive (and beefy) pintails.

Rick Surfboards Barry Kanaiaupuni Model Pintail via Surfboardline.jpg

In fact, I’m having a hard time discerning any major differences between the single fin posted on this page and examples of BK Pintail models I have seen before, even down to the W.A.V.E. Set fin box. Of course, the biggest difference is the logo, and the Rick single fin is conspicuously absent of any mention of Barry Kanaiaupuni.

 

 

Rick Single Fin Logo
Same classic Rick Surfboards logo, but no mention of Barry Kanaiaupuni

It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of laminate placement and rare variants, but if I had to guess, I’d say that this is a BK Pintail model that is missing the standard set of logos. I can’t be sure — maybe Rick Surfboards produced another line of unbranded single fins during the Transition Era — but at the very least, the board looks extremely similar to its more famous BK Pintail sibling.

The seller is asking $300 for the board. It’s not in spotless condition by any means — see the Craigslist post for plenty of in-depth photos — but this is a rare example of a neat Transition Era board from one of my favorite surfboard labels ever.