The Boardroom Show / California Gold Surf Auction 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of year again: the Boardroom Show is almost upon us. For those of you unfamiliar, the Boardroom Show is an annual event that showcases the surfboard manufacturing industry. Sadly, I won’t be in attendance this year, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the proceedings.

While there’s a ton of great stuff about the show — for starters, Wayne Lynch will be making an appearance — in this blog post I’ll simply cover my favorite boards from the accompanying California Gold Surf Auction. The auction closes in less than three days, so hop on it if you’re eyeing any of the pristine sleds that are up for grabs.

It’s interesting to note how the selection of boards has changed over time. In my write up of last year’s auction I noted the increasing popularity of Eighties neon / Echo Beach influenced designs. I think this year’s California Gold Surf Auction represents a bit of a return to the classics. There are a ton of Sixties longboards, some cool Transition Era shapes, and a host of cool Seventies single fins, and some newer stuff, too.

You can learn more about the Boardroom Show here, and see here for a full list of the boards listed at auction. All photos in this post are via the Boardroom Show’s website. Keep reading below for a brief summary of my personal favorites from the 2019 California Gold Surf Auction:

Terry Fitzgerald Hot Buttered Winged Pin (Link)

If you forced me to choose a favorite board from the auction, I think this would be it. I think Fitz’s boards are still a bit underrated here in the States, and this one has it all. How about that rainbow stringer? The airbrush on the bottom is killer, and the unmistakable, sleek Seventies outline is gorgeous. You can read my post on an unusual Fitz-shaped Lightning Bolt here.

Rick Rasmussen Seventies Single Fin (Link)

As a native New Yorker, I will always think of Rick Rasmussen as the gold standard for Empire State surfing. (Apologies to Balaram Stack, who is another favorite.) Here’s an absolutely stunning Rick Rasmussen single fin that’s listed for sale. The board pictured above is in much better condition than a previous Rasmussen surfboard I wrote up earlier this year. Click the photos to enlarge and get a shot of the black pin line on the deck.

Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Fabric Inlay (Link)

The Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight is special enough on its own, but this example has the rare and gorgeous floral fabric inlay. I love the color of fabric pattern, especially in contrast with the fin. I have nothing against boards that have been fully restored, but I prefer them all original, imperfections and all. If anything, I dig the natural look of the slight discoloration on the deck.

Tom Parrish Lightning Bolt (Link)

Here’s another gorgeous Hawaiian heat seeking missile. Lightning Bolt is a classic for a reason. The board is all original, and for my money, I think it’s one of the prettiest sticks in the entire auction lineup. Check out that subtle double pin line, and the creamsicle colorway — complete with matching glass on fin — won’t ever go out of style. Parrish, of course, is a legendary shaper and one of the Lightning Bolt OGs. He’s still making boards today, so hit him up!

Miscellaneous / Final Thoughts

In no particular order, here are some other boards that I thought were really rad:

I realize some of my picks are a little unorthodox, but I like what I like, and that tends to skew more towards the Seventies and Eighties. No matter what, though, if you’re interested in surfboards, you can’t go wrong by giving the auction lots a closer look. Check out the California Gold Surf Auction site here and if you’re in San Diego, the Boardroom Show is well worth your time.

Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a relatively short one. Don’t worry, we’ve got some more in-depth stuff in the works. In the meantime, though, there are some great vintage surfboards out there on the internet, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention them. Up here we have a truly classic longboard: The Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight model. There’s currently one up for sale on Craigslist in Ventura. You can find a link to the board here. All of the photos in this post are via the Craigslist link.

Bing Surfboards has produced many memorable boards during its run, but the Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight stands out as a particularly beautiful longboard. I wrote an earlier post about the Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Model. The Nuuhiwa Lightweight is not to be confused with the Bing David Nuuhiwa Noseriding Model. In 1968 the Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight got a redesigned logo and a pintail. Surfboardline.com has a great example of a Nuuhiwa Lightweight with a pintail. This eventually transitioned into the Bing Pintail Lightweight — yes, the names all sound awfully similar to one another — before the Transition Era went into high gear with models like the Bing Karma and the Bing Foil.

Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Fin and Tail.jpg
Love the clean lines of a glassed-on fin. Looks like some repairs might have been done but it still looks great.

The board pictured above was shaped in 1967. One of the giveaways is the almond-shaped logo. We know this because someone posted the board to the Classic Bing Surfboards group on Facebook. Bing himself is active in the group, and whenever cool older boards pop up, he’ll often go back to his order books and produce a certificate for authenticity.

You can see the yellow Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight model was shaped in August 1967 and has the serial number #7918. Thank goodness that Bing kept such careful records of his boards. It’s amazing to step back and think that over half a century later, some of these surfboards are still in good condition, and have come full circle.

Now, the catch is the price — the Craigslist seller is asking $2,700. I don’t have references for what the Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight models fetch at auction, but clearly the seller isn’t about to let this go for a song. Nor should he — this is a rare older board in pretty fantastic condition. I suppose all of this is a very long way of saying I don’t know whether or not this is a great price. I’m happy to say, however, that it is a very cool board. If you’re interested in seeing the listing, check it out here.

Finally, I can’t recommend the Classic Bing Surfboards Facebook group enough. See below for some awesome Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight ads that group members posted earlier. Thanks for reading!