Hawaiian Single Fins: Quivers of Distinction

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have something short but very, very sweet. We have a new series here on the blog titled Quivers of Distinction. As the title suggests, this series will highlight notable quivers. (Friendly reminder to get in touch if you’ve got some boards you’d like to share!)

This lineup of Hawaiian single fins belongs to an anonymous collector in Southern California. As you can see in the photo above, he’s got impeccable taste in boards. From left to right (based on the top picture; order is reversed in the shot showing the bottom of boards)

  • 4’10” Hawaiian Island Creations channel bottom single fin, shaped by Cino Magallanes;
  • 5’9″ Lightning Bolt single fin shaped by Tom Eberly;
  • 6’4″ Local Motion swallow tail, Kailua laminate, shaper unknown (unclear if the Buttons logo sticker was added afterwards)
  • 5’9″ Local Motion (yellow board), Kaiula laminate, Dane Kealoha-inspired airbrush, shaper also unknown
  • 5’8″ T&C Surf single fin shaped by Glenn Minami

Needless to say, this is a really killer lineup of boards, brought to you by some of the finest Hawaiian craftsmen in recent history. I’m a little blown away by the 4’10” HIC / Cino single fin. Part of me wonders if this wasn’t originally created as a kneeboard. Either way I have never seen anything like it. The two Local Motion boards and the T&C / Minami single fin are incredible, too. I can’t decide between those three as my favorite. And of course, it goes without saying that any Tom Eberly Lightning Bolt board is worth any surfboard enthusiast’s time, too! Overall, this is an insanely deep lineup of vintage sticks. I love that the owner has taken the time to see that all of these single fins have been outfitted with era appropriate fins, too.

Mahalo to the owner for the rad pics! Hopefully we’ll have some more killer quiver shots in the near future as well.

Vintage HIC Twin Fin by Cino Magallanes

Greetings, Shredderz! This evening we’ve got a very quick hit for you, and that’s a vintage HIC twin fin that’s currently for sale on eBay. You can find a link to the original listing here. All photos of the board in this post are via the eBay listing.

The vintage HIC twin fin featured here was shaped by Cino Magallanes. I’m most familiar with Cino from his time at T&C Surf, although it appears that he shaped a number of boards for Hawaiian Island Creations. Surfboard Hoard has a bunch of cool Cino Magallanes surfboards, and I even wrote up one of his HIC single fins during the very early days of the blog. The vintage HIC twin fin measures in at 5’9″ x 20 1/4″ x 2 3/4″, and it is located in Huntington Beach.

I really dig the details on this Hawaiian Island Creations surfboard. First of all, I love the old school HIC logos. It’s interesting to note that the logo on the deck has a silhouette of a surfer coming out of the volcano, whereas the logo on the bottom does not. I love the glass on fins and the old school HIC script running down the rails.

According to the seller, the board features an airbrush by none other than Jeannie Chesser. One of the main storylines in “Momentum Generation”, the newly released HBO documentary, is Todd Chesser’s lasting influence on Kelly Slater and his peers, including the devastating effects of his death. From the looks of it, Jeannie continues to airbrush surfboards today.

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Finally, check out the HIC ad below, featuring a young Cino alongside Chuck Andrus. Not sure who the surfer in the middle is — if you have any clues drop me a line.

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.

Cino Single fin for HIC

This thing is gorgeous. Originally listed on Surfboard Hoard, this is an early Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC) board from 1981, and shaped by well-known Hawaiian shaper Cino Magallanes. The board is in beautiful condition, as you can see from the pictures, and I dig the old-school logo. The triple redwood stringers are a nice touch, as is the mahogany fin. And man, look at those channels! The channels are reminiscent of an Al Byrne or even a Dave Parmenter design. This board seems like it would be an incredible step up for some bigger waves. I’m guessing it would just go perfectly for some decent-sized Hawaiian surf with some real power behind it.

One interesting thing to note is that Stoked N Board’s HIC page doesn’t have Cino listed as ever having shaped for HIC. Looking at that entry you can see that HIC was a real murderer’s row of Hawaiian shapers – Brian Bulkley, Eric Arakawa and John Carper, just to name a few.

Buy it on Surfboard Hoard here.