Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (June 12)

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a collection of some of the coolest boards I’ve seen floating around online as of late.

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How cool is this thing?! Yater was the subject of my most recent post, but I might like the board above even more. I can’t be for sure, but it looks to have a bit of a vee bottom. The outline of this board is very reminiscent of some Liddle and Andreini hulls. The fin — both its rake and its placement — reminds me of Liddle’s boards. The overall outline is reminiscent of Andreini’s Vaquero model.

Hull aficionado Kirk Putnam has an excellent pic on his blog that traces the lineage of Andreini and Liddle’s shapes back to George Greenough. I’ve added the picture below. Liddle’s board is at top, and the next two are Andreini Vaqueros. The fourth board from the top is a Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom shaped by John Price, and the board at the bottom is a Midget Farrelly stringerless vee bottom with a Greenough logo. I had been aware of Greenough’s influence on Andreini and Liddle, but had no idea that Yater had tried out some of these shapes as well. Andreini has made no secret of his admiration of Yater, and it’s cool to see a shape that combines the Greenough school of displacement hulls, and Yater’s more traditional side of California board building.

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A partial shot of Kirk Putnam’s quiver. Pic via kp’s round up

For more on the subject, I urge you to check out Putnam’s blog. If you’re prone to quiver jealousy, though, his Instagram feed might push you over the edge!

 

Lopez’s boards for Lightning Bolt are by far the most collectible, but it seems like there’s a growing interest in some of his more obscure shapes. Pictured above is an extra clean example of Lopez’s signature model that he produced for Hansen in the late 1960s. What’s interesting about that board is that it actually featured two different logos. There’s an example of a different Hansen / Lopez board that was recently sold on eBay. It has the alternate logo, which I have reproduced below.

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Note the different logos in the two Hansen / Lopez boards. The first one says “By Gerry Lopez”, and the second has “Designed By Gerry Lopez.” In addition, you’ll notice the Hansen logos themselves are very different. Pic via eBay

 

Bird Huffman is a San Diego fixture. He runs Bird’s Surf Shed, where he oversees an ungodly stash of vintage boards. Here Bird has come across two awesome early examples of boards from two separate San Diego craftsmen: Skip Frye and Steve Lis. Make sure you click through all the pictures in the gallery above. The Frye is very similar to the Select Surf Shop single fin I posted about recently, down to the glassed on wooden fin. I love the Frye wings logo towards the tail — never seen that placement before.

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Skip Frye Single Fin with Select Surf Shop laminate. Look at the sharp wings in the tail. Pic via Craigslist

The Lis board is a funky shape, given that it’s a wing pin single fin, and Lis is best known for his fish designs. Make sure you follow Bird on Instagram, as he has been posting updates on the Lis board as he gets them!

 

Shred Sledz Presents: 4/17 Weekend Grab Bag (Aipa, Hansen, Morey Pope, Hansen)

Back to our regularly scheduled weekend grab bags. Here’s a selection of some cool boards that have caught my eye recently.

Aipa / Surfing’s New Image Sting (Craigslist – Santa Barbara)

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Sadly, there are no bargains to be had here. Seller is asking $2250 out the gate for this Aipa / Surfing’s New Image sting. Shout out to the seller for being clear about the fact this board was shaped by Rick Hamon, and not Ben Aipa himself (see here for an earlier Shred Sledz screed on the topic.) I have never seen that stringer setup before, and the airbrush on the bottom speaks for itself! Deck isn’t perfect but that’s like pointing out a small dent on a gullwing Mercedes. Check out the board here.

Hit the jump below for some more boards, including another Aipa, and some transitional goodness..

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Hansen by Gerry Lopez

Greetings, Shredderz! I hope this post finds you during a weekend of bountiful waves and exceptional surf craft.

Regarding the latter, if you’re currently in need of a Gerry Lopez / Hansen surfboard, you’re in luck, because there’s a primo example currently up for sale on Craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona of all places.

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Gerry Lopez at Sunset Beach, North Shore of Oahu

Photo by Art Brewer; via Encyclopedia of Surfing

While Gerry Lopez is best known for his work with famed surfboard company Lightning Bolt during its 70s heyday, he also produced a line of licensed boards for Hansen.

The boards from the Hansen / Lopez collaboration were not hand shaped by Mr Pipeline himself. Even so, given the relative rarity of these bad boys, you’d think that they would be more prized by collectors. Less than 1,000 of these boards were produced, according to Hansen’s blog.

Their blog also has some great photographs of another Hansen by Gerry Lopez board. I have reproduced those pictures below. You’ll notice that the board on the Hansen blog has Dart branding on it, which is absent from the Craigslist board featured at the top of this post. Another interesting detail can be found in the third picture. The “Dart” version from Hansen’s blog appears to be dated to 1972; Stoked-n-Board, however, claims that this board was only produced between 1970 and 1971.

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Note the “Dart” branding, which does not appear on every model
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The fin looks identical to the one in the board at the top of the page
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I would guess 1972 refers to the date, which contradicts Stoked-n-Board’s claim that these boards were only made in 1970 and 1971

Photos via Hansen’s Surf

The blog also includes a great shot of an ad announcing the board. It’s interesting how Hansen refers to it as “The Lopez Series”. You’ll also notice the board in the advertisement does not have the “Dart” branding, nor is “Dart” mentioned at all.

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Photo via Hansen’s Surf

Here’s another example of the “Dart” branding on a Hansen / Lopez board, taken from a picture uploaded to Swaylocks:

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Photo via Swaylocks

In typical Shred Sledz style, I also did some digging around the far reaches of the internet and was able to pull up some examples of other Hansen / Lopez boards. I was able to find one that recently sold at the US Vintage Surf Auction. The winning bid was $2K. This board is apparently all-original and in great condition, hence the price (which would still be considerably cheaper than a Lopez Lightning Bolt). One thing to note about the USVSA board is it boasts an alternate logo, which I have reproduced below. Note that the USVSA dates this pink logo board to 1969. I tend to believe the 1969 date, given that the Lopez / Hansen board has some properties that are shared with other Transition Era boards. The Hansen / Lopez board has a distinct S-Deck, and the ad above mentions a slight vee bottom as well. I’ve become even more convinced after finding this excellent post on the subject of Hansen hulls, courtesy of displacementia, which is one of the finest surfboard blogs on the planet.

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Photo via USVSA

Here’s one more example of a Hansen / Lopez board. This one is for sale, but unless you live in Japan or you live for needless markup, I don’t think it’s worth the $2800 (minus tax) they are charging on usedsurf.jp. You can find a link to the Hansen / Lopez board here. Bitching about the price aside, it looks like it’s in great condition. Some other interesting notes: usedsurf.jp dates the board to the 60s, but judging by the date on the stringer it looks like it’s from the 70s, though I can’t quite make out the exact year. The Hansen logo on the usedsurf.jp board can be seen on the bottom, right near the nose — same as the Phoenix Craigslist example.

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Love the subtle little Hansen logo by the nose
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Beautiful dark green pinlines

You can find the Phoenix board on Craigslist here. It’s being listed for $1,000, which I don’t think is totally insane. It’s not in perfect condition, but the board has not been totally restored, according to the poster, which I always prefer. In any event, check it out if you’re interested.

 

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!)

Hansen Derringer

Here at Shred Sledz we are equal opportunity surfboard aficionados. Even though the blog is focused on vintage shapes, we love boards of all shapes, sizes, and creeds (with a few notable exceptions).

With that said, we do have a soft spot for transitional shapes, and here we have an exceptional example of an interesting board that was produced right as the surfboard industry was still figuring out a graceful way to go from heavy old longboards to shorter, nimbler shapes.

I’ve written about Hansen’s Derringer model before, but here’s an example of an all-original Derringer that is in very good shape, and has the original bolt-through fin to boot. It’s currently on sale on Craigslist (San Diego), and it’s not cheap at $600, but I don’t think that is all that outrageous, considering these boards aren’t plentiful, and this particular example seems to be in pretty good condition.

In the fourth picture you can see the vee bottom and the diamond tail. In the third you can see the top of the screw that holds the fin in, which is part of the board’s unique bolt through fin design. It looks like this bad boy has the original fin as well, which is always great.

You can check out the board here.

Hansen Vee Bottom

Ah, it’s the beginning of the holiday season. I may be sedentary and couch-ridden, still in the anaconda-like process of digesting everything I ate on Thursday, but the quest to shine a light on the greatest vintage surfboards for sale around the internet is a neverending one.

I’ve written about vee bottom boards a few times here on Shred Sledz. I’m particularly fond of the Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom models, which I wrote about here and here. The Bahne Crystal Ship – an appropriately groovy name for a transition board – is another cool example, which I wrote about here. Finally, here’s a cool Hobie vee bottom design that popped up for sale a little while back. Finally, I wrote a recent post on a Hansen Derringer vee bottom, which can be found here.

The board pictured here is another Hansen vee bottom board for sale on Craigslist in Orange County, California. It has a clear serial number on the stringer – #18098 – and even a signature from Don Hansen, the brand’s namesake. Regarding the signature, though, this was clearly added after the board was shaped, as you can see it is on the exterior of the fiberglass and not on the foam. The board measures in at a tidy 7′6″, which seems right in the ballpark of similar shapes from the transitional era.

The poster claims the board was shaped sometime in the late 1960s and Stoked-n-Board dates the serial number to 1968. I’m having a hard time figuring out the fin box situation. I’m starting to think that this could be an example of Hansen’s own proprietary fin system, which S-n-B claims was produced from 1966 to 1977.

One interesting tangent I stumbled across when researching Hansen vee bottoms. It seems like Hansen’s Derringer model is the one mostly associated with the vee bottom shape. But excellent site The Surfboard Project also lists a Hansen pintail from the late 60s with a vee bottom design. I have included their picture below. This board looks a LOT like a Hansen Mike Doyle model, and it’s even the same length as some of the Doyle boards (8′6″), but I digress.

Picture from The Surfboard Project

Anyway, back to the board in question. The thing I can’t figure out is why the board pictured here isn’t considered another Hansen Derringer. It looks remarkably similar to the Derringer model, starting from the distinctive diamond tail / v bottom block, to the pin lines on the deck, which create that vaguely trapezoidal shape where the surfer’s front foot might go.

The other interesting thing about the board is the “Custom” text that can be found beneath the logo. I’m not sure what this refers to. Maybe this was a custom board that was based on the Derringer model?

Finally, the glass job looks suspiciously new and shiny for a board that is almost 50 years old. I think another coat may have been added at some point. There’s a decent amount of browning on the board’s bottom – either from water damage or the sun, I can’t tell – and it just doesn’t seem right that the glass would be in such pristine condition, given this damage.

Anyway, you can check out the Craigslist listing here. The seller is asking $650 and it’s a rad example of a late 60s transitional board.

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Despite the newly opened Nland Surf Park, Austin, Texas has some way to go before it can lay a claim to being a surf town. To my pleasant surprise, however, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find some rad boards within striking distance of some of the country’s best barbecue!

Pictured here is a Hansen Derringer model that is located in Austin, Texas on Craigslist. The Derringer is a relatively rare transitional era design that was produced between 1968 and 1970. According to Stoked-n-Board, less than 1,000 of these boards were produced during this time period.

As you can see in the third picture, the Derringer boasts a hull design – with a convex bottom, or “belly”, as it is commonly referred to – that was popular during the late 1960s / early 1970s time. What isn’t visible in the picture is that the Derringer also has a vee bottom, which is one of the cooler designs during this time period. There are still some modern shapers turning out vee bottoms. Marc Andreini has his McVee, which I wrote about earlier here. Bruce Fowler’s V8 is a popular design, too.

This picture was originally posted on Jamboards.com. It has been taken from a different Hansen Derringer, and it clearly shows the tail and the vee bottom. You can see the way the tail is shaped in response to the vee shape of the bottom, where it looks like the foam has been removed from the deck part of the diamond tail.

Photo Credit: RATZAX on Jamboards.com

Finally, the Hansen Derringer has an awesome psychedelic 60s logo, which you can clearly see in the first picture.

The poster is asking $600 for the board. I can’t really find a lot of historical price points for these bad boys, but I saw this Derringer sell recently on eBay for $600, including $120 in shipping. There are no pics with the posting, so it’s hard to make any judgments about the condition.

The board pictured here looks like it’s in potentially great shape. I’d like to see more pics of the horizontal line running across the deck to make sure it’s not evidence of anything serious, but I’m encouraged by the bottom and the presence of the fin, which looks original. If you’re interested, check out the board here.