Andy Irons Personal Rider by Eric Arakawa

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post might be pushing the envelope of just what is considered vintage. For those who argue that a board shaped in the 2000s does not qualify, I would like to invoke the special Legends Clause, which stipulates that anything related to the late, great Andy Axel Irons is automatically considered fair game. Pictured below is a personal rider that belonged to Andy Irons, shaped by Hawaiian shaper Eric Arakawa.

The board above is currently for sale on Craigslist in Hawaii. You can find a link to the board here. The board measures in at 6’9″ x 18-1/2″ x 2-5/16″. Once upon a time this would have been a pretty standard step up for a top level pro like Andy, but in today’s day and age, you’ll see people like John Florence and Kelly Slater ride Pipeline on boards squarely in the 6′ range. (Surfer Magazine has a cool little breakdown of John Florence’s Jon Pyzel-shaped Hawaii quiver for the 2015/16 winter you can find here. It’s interesting to note that JFF’s go-to Pipe board is now around 6’2″ or so, and his 6’10” is for even bigger waves.)

I would guess the Arakawa board pictured above is from the early- to mid-2000s. For some context, Surfboard Hoard has another Irons / Arakawa board that is dated to 2005, and Surfboard Line has yet another example from 2003. At some point Arakawa struck out on his own, and there are pictures of Irons surfing boards that only bear Arakawa’s name (without the familiar HIC logo). Von Weirdos has a great example of an Andy Irons Eric Arakawa surfboard with no HIC logo, which it dates to 2008 / 2009. Finally, I wrote up another Andy Irons surfboard that was sold at auction, which you can read about here.

The seller is asking $3,200 for the board. It is exceedingly difficult to put a price on a collectors’ item like the Andy Irons Eric Arakawa board above. It’s worth noting the board is nowhere close to mint condition, thanks to the sun damage and an open ding. Then again, you’re not reading this post for a summary of the board’s nicks — you’re presumably here because it’s a rare example from the quiver of one of the most beloved pros in recent history.

You can check out the Andy Irons Eric Arakawa board here.

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (July 26)

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a sampling of some of the finest surfboard pictures recently found on the world wide web…

As I’ve written before, Lightning Bolt’s notoriety in the 1970s was a double-edged sword. The label’s popularity meant the signature bolt design was slapped on boards that had nothing to do with its Hawaiian bloodlines. Pictured above is a nice selection of genuine articles, via the Australian National Surfing Museum.

 

Yup, another classic piece of Hawaiian surf history, this time presented by the Lost & Found Collection. L&FC came about when its founder discovered boxes of pristine surf photography slides from the 1970s at a flea market. It has since blossomed into a wonderful project that supports surf photographers and the history of surfing. I highly recommend checking out the site and following them on Instagram, too. Pictured above is Larry Bertlemann alongside one of his signature Pepsi surfboards. Dying to know who the shaper might be…if anyone has more info, drop me a line!

 

If you object to the above post on the grounds that it’s not vintage enough, then I’d like to politely refer you to Andy Irons’ gesture in the photo. Happy belated birthday to The Champ, the only surfer to take on Slater during his prime and win.

 

Finally, I figured we’d throw our Aussie friends a little bone. Pictured above is Wayne Lynch with the first ever surfboard he shaped! It’s great to see a close up photo of this board, and one in color. For more on Lynch’s early boards, check out this earlier post, which is still one of the pieces of which I am proudest.

 

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Just a beautiful 1960s Con Surfboards log in lovely condition. Check out that D Fin! Love the color of the stringer…I love everything about this board, really.

All That Glitters: California Gold Vintage Surf Auction

This is it, folks…the big Kahuna.

The 2017 California Gold Surf Auction is underway. Lots begin closing later this week, on May 7, and as the auction enters the home stretch, I figure now is a good time to take a closer look at some of the boards being offered.

First, a little context: the California Gold Surf Auction is put on by Scott Bass, who runs the excellent Boardroom Show surfboard expo, and can be heard on both his Down the Line podcast, as well as the Surf Splendor podcast (both of which I recommend).

More importantly, the auction benefits the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. If you’re at all interested in surf history — and if you’re not, I’d love to know how you ended up here, of all places — the SHCC is worthy of your support. Personally, I love the SHCC’s Stoked-n-Board resource, which is an online directory of just about every surfboard brand ever. Bottom line: not only are you buying some rad sticks, you’re also supporting an organization that does some great work in preserving history and spreading stoke.

Alright, I’m going to step off my soapbox and play the hits. Here are some of the rad boards on offer.

Renny Yater Personal Rider: 7’4″ Single Fin (Link Here)

I’ll let the auction organizers say it: “in our eyes the coolest board in the auction.” Who am I to disagree? Yater shaped, glassed, and finished this board…and then probably ripped perfect Rincon with it, too. One cool detail for fellow board nerds: you’ll see a number on the stringer with a small Y above it. Apparently this is how Yater signed some of his personal boards (versus the more common “R. Yater” signature and numbering you see on his later designs). The board was shaped in 1976. I’m not sure if this is considered a proper Pocket Rocket or not. There is no reserve and right now the highest bid is $800. That is an unbelievably low price, though I suspect bidding will probably heat up towards the end of the auction. You can see more pics on the auction site, which you can find here.

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