Entry Level 80s Neon: Hawaiian Island Creations

If the Spicoli avatar, terrible URL, and overall vibe haven’t yet given it away, then I’d like to make one thing clear: here at ShredSledz.net we love the 80s, and we especially love the colorful surfboards that the decade brought us. This is not an attempt at irony or hipster disdain. Neon surfboards are bitchin’, and that’s that.

Of course, this isn’t some revolutionary and contrarian stance. Surfboards from the eighties are becoming more collectible by the day, and one needn’t look any further than the prices some vintage T&C sticks command on the open market. Or the fact the Christian Fletcher board I wrote up a little while back sold for an eye-popping $2,225 on eBay.

Some of the more collectible boards from the decade are the aforementioned T&C, and I would also put Schroff and Stussy in that upper echelon as well.

Sadly, these boards simply aren’t affordable for your average surfboard collector, not to mention the fact that they don’t go on sale all that often.

So if you’re a surfboard aficionado with champagne tastes and Kool Aid money, fret not! Shred Sledz is here to put you on to some sticks that will provide a little more bang for your buck.

I think Hawaiian Island Creations, or HIC, is an under-appreciated brand, providing quality, rad-looking boards at palatable prices. First, let’s acknowledge the fact that Shred Sledz is as guilty as anybody else when it comes to judging books by their covers. If it’s neon, I’m generally interested. But let’s set aside aesthetic matters for a moment and focus on the functionality. HIC boasts a long history and a stacked stable of well-regarded Hawaiian shapers. Many of HIC’s shapers went on to illustrious careers after leaving the label (e.g., John Carper and Eric Arakawa).

I’ve included two board for sale with this post. The first board (blue / green gradient spray with orange rails and a pink logo) is listed on Craigslist in San Diego for a reasonable $350. The board looks all original, it’s in excellent shape, and it was clearly shaped by well-known Hawaiian shaper Chuck Andrus, who continues to provide boards for some of the best surfers on the North Shore (e.g., Makua Rothman). I love the “Speed Lines Hawaii” logo on the bottom, and the “rolling waves” HIC script logo spray on the deck. This board gives you that same warm nostalgia for the time when Belinda Carlisle ruled the airwaves and nothing made a beach bunny’s butt look better than a pair of stonewashed jeans, but at the fraction of a price for a T&C in comparable condition. The shaping pedigree is every bit as good, as well.

The second board (red / yellow), is up for grabs on eBay. There’s currently one bid for $250, and it’s also located in San Diego. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that this board is from later on in the 80s, or maybe even the early 90s. It’s shaped by Cino Magallanes. I wrote up another HIC / Cino board, and I’ll mention it again that Cino is not listed as ever having shaped for HIC, according to Stoked-n-Board’s otherwise comprehensive records. I love the elaborate patterns on the rails. You can see some fading where some Astrodeck traction was clearly pulled off the board, but otherwise it looks to be in excellent condition.

If you love the 80s as much as I do, and you’re hard up for cash, or heck, you can’t contain your zeal for cool sticks, then check out these boards here and here.

Chuck Andrus in Disguise

Chalk this one up to mysterious bloodlines.

When I stumbled across this HIC board on Craigslist, I thought it must have been a Martin Potter pro model, as evidenced by the giant logo on the bottom of the board (see left).

However, the more research I do, I can’t find any evidence of Pottz having ever been a team rider for Hawaiian Island Creations. Pottz’s most famous boards were for Town & Country Surfboards and Blue Hawaii Surf, which you can see pictured below:

Photo below credit thevintagesurfboard.com

If you look closely, you can see the “Pottz Pro Model” logo on the HIC board is a perfect replica of the Blue Hawaii board above. This makes me think that it simply might be a decal or something else.

The HIC board has “Team” written on the stringer, which strikes me as something of an odd touch as well. Finally, there is a clear signature from Chuck Andrus, whom Stoked-N-Board lists as having been an HIC shaper.

Check out the board here and drop me a note if you have any ideas as to the origins of this board!