Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a special board: a vintage Greg Noll surfboard in what appears to be stellar, all original condition. Greg Noll, of course, will forever be “Da Bull”, and also the star of one of surfing’s most timeless photos. Greg Noll Surfboards are some of the most collectible boards in the world. (On a separate note, I can’t help but feel that the reign of 60s longboards is beginning to wane a bit, as surfboard collectors become younger.) You’ll see a vintage Greg Noll surfboard pop up for sale on Craigslist here and there, but they tend to have some flaws.
The vintage Greg Noll surfboard pictured above is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in New Jersey, and the seller is asking a cool $2,750.
First, a bit about the price. It’s maddeningly difficult to price surfboards in general, but lucky for us, there are a few nice data points from earlier vintage Greg Noll surfboard sales that took place at auction. I’m setting aside any auctions for Miki Dora’s infamous “Da Cat” model, as I think these are priced higher than standard Noll models. First, a 1967 Greg Noll Hawaiian gun will be sold at the upcoming California Gold surf auction, and the estimates are $3,500 to $5,000. Note the condition on the Noll Hawaiian gun is estimated to be a seven out of ten. And at a previous California Gold auction, a Charlie Galanto-shaped Greg Noll Hawaiian gun sold for $5,000.
The seller of the vintage Greg Noll surfboard featured here claims the board is all original, and was stored indoors for most of its life. As you can see in the pictures, the board appears to be in fantastic condition.
I’d also like to give a special shout out to the seller, who clearly put a ton of time and effort into making sure the photos did justice to this lovely vintage Greg Noll surfboard. In the photo above you can see an interesting serial number. Sadly, I don’t have any insight as to whether the serial number above means anything.
The board isn’t perfect, by any means — check out the small shatters on the deck, and a few mysterious looking pockmarks. Nonetheless, it is in extremely good condition for a board that is 50+ years old, especially if it is all-original, per the seller’s claims.
I’m also a little blown away by the stringer setup. If I had to guess it’s a redwood stringer sandwiched by two monster balsa stringers on either side, but I’m not certain. Either way, the vintage Greg Noll surfboard pictured above looks like it’s pretty sturdy.
Part of the reason I’m so excited to run this post is because it’s rare to see a vintage Greg Noll surfboard like this one documented in such great detail, much less for sale. Vintage Greg Noll Surf is an incredible resource for information on Greg Noll boards, and you’ll notice a photo posted there has an almost identical fin setup to the board featured here. VGNS claims the fin featured on their site was shaped by Greg’s brother, Jim Noll, who apparently also made a lot of the fins on Greg Noll boards from the early- to mid-1960s.
If you’re looking to add an indisputable surf classic to your quiver, then check out the vintage Greg Noll surfboard on Craigslist here.