Skip Frye K Model and More: Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a collection of vintage surfboards that have been listed for sale online recently, including a lovely Skip Frye K Model thruster. Usually I like to link directly to sale links, but in the case of this edition, not all of the boards are still for sale, and some just might be more fun as mysteries. Anyway, keep scrolling for some selections.

Skip Frye K Model Thruster 8’6″ (No Longer Listed)

This board was listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego and the asking price was $2,850. Yes, you will have to pay an arm and a leg for one of Skip’s boards on the open market. The Skip Frye K Model was developed in the late Seventies. I have probably linked to The Surfer’s Journal feature on Skip’s boards more than any other article, but nonetheless, it’s worth checking out. According to TSJ, the K Model was created in conjunction with a local San Diego surfer named Timmy Kessler, although many incorrectly attribute the board to Barry Kanaiaupuni, who was in Frye’s graduating high school class! This board is just too pretty.

Canyon Seventies Single Fin

Canyon Rusty Priesendorfer Seventies Single Fin

Sorry, no hints yet as to whether this board has been listed, although all I will say is that it’s up somewhere on the internet. Like Skip Frye, Rusty Preisendorfer is another San Diego surfboard shaping luminary. Early in Rusty’s career he shaped for Canyon Surfboards, among some other labels. Sadly, the Canyon name is now being slapped on pop-outs, but that doesn’t diminish the coolness of the board above. I’m not 100% sure if it was shaped by Rusty himself. The board isn’t in perfect condition but I love the colors and that awesome gradient Canyon logo.

Greg Liddle Smoothie 7’11” (Craigslist LA)

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Here’s a neat Greg Liddle Smoothie, measuring in at 7’11”, with a 2+1 fin setup. The seller is asking $900. I can’t say this is a fantastic price, but it is a great opportunity to look at an earlier Liddle shaped by Greg himself. There’s a photo of the typically hyper detailed signature on the board (I don’t even understand half of the dimensions listed.)

Del Cannon V Bottom (Craigslist Orange County)

There is no question this board has seen some finer days, but I am a sucker for all things Transition Era, including the mighty v bottom design. If you can’t handle all the scratches and weird patches on the board above, then check out Gene Cooper’s Instagram, where he has been glassing some truly gorgeous modern v bottom boards lately.

Gordie Surfboards: A Huntington Beach Classic

For all you Sunshine State residents, here’s a classic 1960s noserider that somehow made its way from Southern California to its current location in Jacksonville, Florida. The board is currently listed for sale on Craigslist, at a somewhat steep $1,200.

Now, just what is this fine-looking surfcraft, you might be wondering?

The board is made by Gordie Surfboards, and from the looks of it, it’s an all-original board that was manufactured sometime in the 1960s. Gordie Surfboards is named after its founder, Duane Gordon. The brand has its beginnings in Huntington Beach, where, according to the Encyclopedia of Surfing, Gordie’s first shop was located at the base of the famous Huntington Beach pier. According to Gordie’s LA Times obituary – he passed away in 2011, at age 80, from natural causes – Gordie was one of the first shapers to incorporate the stringer.

Many talented California shapers later worked for Gordie’s brand. Some of the highlights include Steve Boehne, who later founded Infinity Surfboards; Del Cannon; and Bruce Jones.

One can’t be certain, but it looks as if the board pictured here is from sometime in the 1960s. The first picture has a clear close-up of the logo. Stoked-n-Board dates this logo as hailing from anytime between 1962 and 1967.

You’ll also notice there’s a serial number in the same picture. It’s in black pen and it’s located on the stringer. It’s hard to make out, but it looks like it says #136, and there is an “SU” above it. Stoked-n-Board’s numbering system doesn’t map to this, and it’s unclear what it refers to.

The other thing that catches my eye is the fin. It looks almost like a rounded off hatchet design, and it’s clearly glassed onto the board. I’ve never seen a fin like this, and Stoked-n-Board also doesn’t have any info on what this might be.

The board has some water damage, but the poster claims there are no delams, and overall it looks like it’s in reasonable condition considering it’s probably close to 50 years old. $1200 isn’t cheap, by any means, but as they always say about land, it’s not like they’re making any more of them.

Check out the board here.