Donald Takayama David Nuuhiwa Noserider: Hawaiian Pro Designs Edition

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ll be examining an awesome surfboard that crosses over a few different standouts from surf history: a Donald Takayama David Nuuhiwa Noserider shaped in the 1980s, under Takayama’s legendary Hawaiian Pro Designs label.

Nuuhiwa and Takayama’s relationship goes way back. Nuuhiwa has mentioned Takayama as one of his early influences. Later on the two men were stablemates on Bing’s legendary surf team in the 1960s, and both Takayama and Nuuhiwa had signature Bing boards to call their own. Bing’s David Nuuhiwa Noseriding Model was produced during this time, and it remains coveted among longboard collectors. Takayama played a critical role in developing both of Nuuhiwa’s Bing models, which were the aforementioned Noseriding Model and the subsequent Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Model.

The board pictured above is a Hawaiian Pro Designs Donald Takayama David Nuuhiwa Noserider (now take a breath), and it is currently available on Craigslist in Norfolk, Virginia, of all places. Pics in the post are via the listing.

The David Nuuhiwa laminate is an unusual one, and I have only seen it on a handful of Takayama boards before. On the other hand, I have seen a ton of Hawaiian Pro Designs / Takayama boards with “Noserider” logos, one of which you can see below. You’ll notice there is no mention of Nuuhiwa’s name.

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Donald Takayama Noserider laminate taken from another board.

I’m not sure to what extent the Takayama David Nuuhiwa Noserider is a variant of the Bing David Nuuhiwa Noseriding Model or the Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight Model. Given the two men’s history with the Bing brand, however, I would be surprised if the HPD board pictured here didn’t at least contain some of the DNA from Nuuhiwa’s earlier Bing models.

The board that is being listed for sale also has something of an interesting history, according to the seller. He claims he was given the board as a Christmas gift from his wife around 1985. The mid Eighties represented longboarding’s dark years, as the surf world’s attention had turned to high performance shortboard thrusters. In the Nineties, noseriding underwent a resurgence, thanks in no small part to the likes of Takayama and his star pupil Joel Tudor. To complete the cycle, Tudor’s surfboard brand has also produced a Nuuhiwa-esque noserider model. In any case, the board featured in this post pre-dates Takayama’s resurgence in popularity by about a decade or so, which is a cool little touch.

As you can see in the pictures, the Takayama David Nuuhiwa Noserider is in impeccable condition. It looks completely new, despite being over thirty years old at this point. The seller is asking $1,600, and while I wouldn’t say this is cheap, it’s not insane, either. If you’re interested in the board, check it out on Craigslist here.

Shred Sledz Grab Bag: David Nuuhiwa Edition

Greetings, Shredderz! After yesterday’s detour to the darker corners of surf industry advertising, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming: sweet vintage sticks for your shralping (or collecting!) pleasure. Today’s Shred Sledz Grab Bag focuses on the boards of one of the coolest cats to ever paddle out: none other than the legendary David Nuuhiwa. We’ve written up Nuuhiwa’s designs before, but it just so happens there are a number of David Nuuhiwa surfboards for sale at the moment. Keep reading for a selection of Nuuhiwa boards that are currently listed for sale:

1966 Bing David Nuuhiwa Noseriding Model (eBay)

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There are many different David Nuuhiwa surfboards, but his earliest models just might be the most famous. Note: Bing Surfboards released not one but two David Nuuhiwa models in the 1960s. One was the David Nuuhiwa Lightweight; the other was the David Nuuhiwa Noseriding Model. I wrote about an extremely rare DN Lightweight model with a floral cloth overlay earlier, which you can find here. Anyway, the board pictured above is an absolute cherry. It is an all-original Bing DN Noseriding Model that dates to 1966, and it has been verified by Bing himself. The seller is asking $11K, which strikes me as pretty ambitious. That said, it’s rare to find these boards in such great condition.

There are a few other DN longboards floating around online. For example, there’s another Bing DN Noseriding Model on eBay, which you can find here. If you’re more of a Lightweight guy, there is a Bing DN Lightweight Pintail on Craigslist (Rhode Island), which you can find here. Note the Lightweight Pintail has been refinished. Neither board is cheap, either: the second DN Noseriding Model is listed at $3,500; and the seller for the Bing DN Lightweight Pintail is asking $2,600.

And if you’re into unofficial David Nuuhiwa surfboards, here’s Tudor Surfboards’ take on the classic DN Noseriding Model design.

1970s Dyno David Nuuhiwa Single Fin (Craigslist)

By all appearances, David Nuuhiwa’s visual style during the early 1960s was as clean cut and proper as that of his contemporaries. Who can forget the “Endless Summer” crew showing up to the airport in jackets and ties? As time passed, Nuuhiwa’s style started shifting to the psychedelic. The change in aesthetic was also reflected in his boards. Many David Nuuhiwa surfboards produced after his run with Bing sport some pretty epic paint jobs that may or may not have benefitted from some, uh, chemical assistance. The board pictured above is a Dyno David Nuuhiwa single fin made sometime during the 1970s, which can be found on Craigslist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I wish the lighting were better in the pictures, but you can still see the incredible detail. The board looks like it is in very good condition, other than a few minor scrapes here and there on the rails. The seller is asking $1,200.

There’s another David Nuuhiwa single fin for sale on Craigslist, this time in southern New Jersey. You can find the second single fin here. The second single fin is simply branded as a David Nuuhiwa surfboard, in contrast to the board immediately pictured above, which is a Dyno surfboard, and has the recognizable Dyno bird laminate. There isn’t much info about Dyno online, and I’m still unclear on why some boards were produced in conjunction with Dyno, and others under the David Nuuhiwa Surfboards label. If anyone has info, let me know!

1980s David Nuuhiwa Pro Design Twin Fin (eBay)

I won’t even post a picture of the board, as it’s not nearly as cool looking as either of the examples above (though, granted, it’s up against some pretty stiff competition). More than anything else, this board is an example of the later stages of David Nuuhiwa surfboards. I assume this board was made sometime during the 1980s, given the checkerboard airbrush on the bottom and the colors in the logos. From what I can tell, collectors don’t seem to care much about the later-era David Nuuhiwa surfboards. I’ll withhold judgment until I see one in good condition.

Photo Credit

Photo at the top of the page taken by Steve Wilkings. The photo of Nuuhiwa was taken in 1967 at Nuuhiwa’s surf shop in Huntington Beach, California. I originally found this photo in a Surfer’s Journal retrospective on Wilkings’ photos, which you can find here. If you don’t already subscribe to The Surfer’s Journal, it is worth every penny and then some!

Shred Sledz Presents: August 21 Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz, and welcome to the latest installment in the Grab Bag series! Start scrolling for a selection of some of the cooler vintage boards that caught my eye over the past few weeks…

David Nuuhiwa 1970s Single Fin (Craigslist)

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According to the Craigslist posting, this board was made in 1972. It’s a beautiful example of a 70s David Nuuhiwa (pictured above on the left) surfboard, and it even comes complete with an original W.A.V.E. Set fin. The seller claims the board is all original, with the exception of a few small repairs. The asking price is $800.

The Greek Transitional Shape (eBay)

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The board above is a trip. It looks to me like a late 1960s Transition Era board, but there is very little information provided with the listing. I haven’t seen many The Greek boards that have sold, but the price (starting bid of $2,700) strikes me as extremely ambitious. There are some very cool details, though: check out the huge logo on the deck, and click through the link for shots of a very trippy fin. I hesitate to call this authentic or make any definitive statements about the board, but I recommend taking a peek at the listing.

Mike Diffenderfer 1980s Thruster (Craigslist)

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Personally, I prefer boards that are as original as possible, even if that means putting up with some discoloration or spots. The board above is a Mike Diffenderfer thruster likely shaped sometime in the 1980s, and restored since then. It measures 6’8″ and the seller is asking $800 for the board. I would say Diff’s most collectible boards were made during the 1970s, but overall his shapes are difficult to find.

Con Surfboards CC Rider (Craigslist)

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For more background on the Con Surfboards CC Rider, please check out the earlier Shred Sledz Deep Dive on the subject. There’s another vintage CC Rider for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. What’s interesting about the board above is that it looks like the dual high-density stringers are not tapered, unlike the other examples I have seen. It’s worth noting the board was also re-glassed at some point, so it is not all-original. The CC Rider above measures in at 9’4″ and the seller is asking $1175.

Shred Sledz Presents: Weekend Grab Bag (March 5)

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope your weekend has been chock full of shapely waves and light offshore winds. Here are some finds I came across recently.

Ole Noserider on Craigslist (Orange County)

I haven’t written much about Ole Surfboards before, which was the brainchild of Bob Olson. This one sports a nice D fin and I would guess it dates to sometime in the 1960s. It might be all original, too. Priced at $975.

Mint Condition all-original 1966 Hansen Master on eBay

This one is going for $12K out the gates, which might be a little ambitious. But it’s worth clicking through for the pictures. This thing is in incredible condition – I’m talking time capsule status.

Dyno David Nuuhiwa 70s Single Fin on eBay

The airbrush on this board is pure 1970s. Nuuhiwa was the subject of an earlier Sledz post, which I naturally recommend you read if you’re interested in learning more. Otherwise, bask in the sheer outrageousness of this paint job, which toes the line between painstaking craftsmanship and looking like a Lisa Frank parody. The board is incredible condition, but it’s no longer for sale (closed at a healthy $1,258!)

Surf Heavyweight David Nuuhiwa

Greetings Shredderz! We’ve got a real gem to take you into the weekend.

Pictured here is an extremely rare 1968 Bing Lightweight David Nuuhiwa model with a floral pattern. It’s currently for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles, and a mere $7.5K will take this bad boy home for you. It’s in all original condition, and it looks to be in great shape, other than some minor dings.

Where to even start on this thing? David Nuuhiwa was one of the surf world’s early superstars. As always, I will direct you towards the Encyclopedia of Surfing’s comprehensive and compelling entry on the guy for some more background.

In the 1960s, during the height of Nuuhiwa’s fame, he released two signature models in conjunction with Bing Surfboards: the Noserider and the Lightweight. The board pictured here is an example of the latter, as you can clearly see from the logo at the top of the post. Nuuhiwa, as you can see, is a man with tons of style:

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Nuuhiwa in the center. Photo via Encyclopedia of Surfing; Photo by Jeff Divine

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Photo via Liquid Salt; Photo by Jeff Divine

Nuuhiwa’s Bing boards are in high demand today, thanks to the pedigree of the Bing label, and of course Nuuhiwa’s status as one of surfing’s earliest pros. For example, you can see a Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight in much worse condition being sold for $2000 at the Surf Station Store.

Surfboardline.com also has a great picture of a Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight. Note, however, that the Surfboardline board has a pintail, versus the squash tail seen in the board above.

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Photo via Surfboardline.com

The other thing that should be noted about the board at the top of the page is the floral pattern. The floral pattern is a rare and coveted feature. Bing’s website has an awesome page dedicated entirely to their vintage models, and they shed a little more light on the topic of the famous floral print boards. Bing had custom floral patterns printed right onto the fiberglass cloth itself, which is an unusual method. You can see another board on the aforementioned page with the exact same pattern as the board featured on this post! I have included the pictures below. Note that the board below is a Bing Pintail Lightweight – not to be confused with a Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight – but the fiberglass pattern is unmistakable. (If you really want to nerd out on Bing models, you’ll see the third pic has a Bing Pintail icon visible on the deck.)

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Photos via Bing Surfboards

As for price, I was only able to find a few comparisons. First was the 7′ Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight available at Surf Station going for $2K, but it’s in much worse condition. The US Vintage Surf Auction had a different Nuuhiwa Lightweight for sale recently, and while the estimate was between $6 and $7K, it looks like it only ended up at around half that. See here. The USVSA board also does not have the floral pattern. Long story short: the $7.5K price is certainly a lot for a surfboard…but it doesn’t sound crazy to me.

Final note: there are two different variants on the Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight logo. The board at the top of this post has the Bob Dahlquist logo (via Stoked-n-Board), which dates strictly to 1968. In addition, the board at the top of the page has a W.A.V.E. Set box, which is also from 1968. You’ll notice earlier versions of the Nuuhiwa Lightweight have a different logo and glassed on fins. Here’s an example of the 1967 logo:

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Photo via Jackie Baxter

You can find the board on Craigslist here.