Rick Griffin for Greg Noll Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features something a bit more classy than the usual Eighties neon ridiculousness. What you see here is a Rick Griffin-designed ad for Greg Noll Surfboards. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever posted anything by Rick Griffin to this blog, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Griffin was famous for his psychedelic designs in the Sixties, and unlike most of the people I cover here on the blog, he even has his own Wikipedia page. Sadly, Griffin’s archives were destroyed in one of the recent wildfires that hit Southern California (and a belated RIP to Randy Nauert, who was the caretaker of Griffin’s archives.) I originally found this Noll ad somewhere on Pinterest, and I think it’s a great example of the classic surf designs of the Sixties. Griffin’s work grew to be more colorful and out there as his career progressed, and for more on his famous designs, I recommend checking out his website as well as the accompanying Instagram account. Sadly, Griffin passed away in the early Nineties, but as you can see he left behind an incredible legacy and some fantastic artwork.

Greg Noll Slot Bottom Longboard

First of all, can I get an amen for Craigslist sellers who make sure to post photos that do their surfboards justice? Pictured here is a positively spotless Greg Noll Slot Bottom longboard that can currently be found on Craigslist in Orange County. You can find a link to the listing here.

Frankly, everything about this board is stunning, from what looks like a 3/4″ redwood stringer, to the classic atom logo. (I also featured another Greg Noll surfboard that had a version of the atom logo with three rings around it, which you can find here.)

The Greg Noll slot bottom surfboard is undeniably beautiful, and it’s easy to see in the photos that accompany the listing. (I wrote up a very similar-looking Greg Noll longboard, which is not a slot bottom, in a post you can find here.)

Pictured above is another Greg Noll slot bottom, which was sold at the USVSA auction in 2008. You can find a link here. The auction took place ten years ago, so prices may have shifted considerably since then, but the red Greg Noll slot bottom was estimated to go for between $5K and $7K. By contract, the Craigslist board has been listed at $2,800. I wouldn’t say these are apples to apples — I personally think the color in the red board makes it a bit more attractive — but if those prices still hold today, I would say the Craigslist board is reasonably priced.

And on behalf of all the other window shoppers out there, I would once again like to extend my sincere gratitude to the seller for posting such great photos of the board. I won’t be owning a Greg Noll slot bottom any time soon, and in the meantime, I’m just stoked that there are some high quality photos for me to drool over. Hopefully someone else with deeper pockets will scoop up this board and post even more pics. You can check it out on Craigslist here.

Vintage Greg Noll Surfboard

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Shred Sledz Presents: Mid-Week Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a little selection of some cool boards you can find for sale online.

Bing Bonzer on Craigslist (San Diego)

This thing is 8′4″ and it’s got all the cool branding you would expect from this unique Campbell Bros / Bing collaboration. However, there’s some discoloration going on. Check out the Bonzer-branded glass on fins, though!

Greg Noll Mini Gun on Craigslist (Sarasota, Florida)

This thing is pretty trashed, honestly. I don’t think it’s worth buying. Nonetheless, it includes a good close up picture of the Mini Gun logo. More than anything else this is a great opportunity to share some cool older surfboard logos. Click through only if you won’t be triggered by the sight of a collectible surfboard that has been abused throughout its lifetime.

Greg Noll 1950s Longboard on Craigslist (San Diego)

This board is no spring chicken either. Same deal with the other Greg Noll board listed above – just look at the cool logo. This is a rare variant that has Noll holding a camera while riding (you can see that it actually rads “Surf boards and film productions.”) One interesting tidbit is that Stoked-n-Board has the filming logo corresponding to the late 50s, but the actual green logo as being in the 1960s.

Daytona Formula V on Craigslist (West Palm Beach, Florida)

This is a really cool looking vee bottom board. I don’t think Daytona was a particularly notable Florida label, but I’ve never seen one of these before. It’s in decent condition, maybe a little pricey at $300, but I love these cool vee bottom transitional boards.

Skip Frye Gordon & Smith Longboard on Craigslist (San Diego)

If you’re wondering why the link is missing…this thing was taken down very quickly! Someone jumped on this bad boy. It was going for $500. I couldn’t get a good idea of the condition but I tend to think these boards are quite collectible.

Greg Noll: “Da Bull”

It’s kind of amazing that Shred Sledz has been going strong for a few months, but there has yet to be a mention of Greg Noll.

Greg Noll, AKA “Da Bull”, is an early big-wave surfer who pioneered surfing at Hawaiian heavy water spots like Waimea and Pipeline. A picture of Noll, with his trademark horizontally striped black and white trunks, staring into the abyss of huge Pipeline is one of the most famous images in the history of surfing:

Photo by John Severson; courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Surfing

He went on to start a surfboard label under his own name, and today those boards are prized by collectors. The board pictured here was posted on Craigslist a few days ago for an outrageously cheap $750, which makes me practically sick to my stomach. It disappeared almost instantly, and I’d like to think that someone got a great deal on an incredible board.

What’s really interesting about this board is the logo. I am by no means an expert in Noll minutiae, and if you’re eager to learn more, I implore you to close the laughably named Shred Sledz and go to VintageGregNollSurf.com, which is an exhaustive online shrine to everything about Da Bull. (And if you have a spare $400 grand lying around, the entire website, plus a collection of vintage Nolls, is up for grabs on eBay).

Nonetheless, I’m struck by the fact that the board pictured here as a unique version of the so-called “atomic” logo. Here’s the close up of the logo once more. You can see that it is comprised of three rings orbiting the Noll laminate.

The only other atomic logos I have seen have only two rings. For example, there are two Noll boards currently for sale on eBay, both of which boast atomic logos, but only with two rings around the laminate:

Picture from eBay

Picture from eBay

VintageGregNollSurf.com even has a page that is dedicated entirely to showing all the different laminates Noll used throughout the board making process. I couldn’t find a single one showing the three ring variant of the atomic logo, found at the top of this post. I’ve reached out to Mike, who runs the site, for more info, and if I find out more I will definitely post it it here!