The Surfboard Shaping Company by Harold “Iggy” Ige

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re featuring two quick surfboards shaped by Hawaiian legend Harold “Iggy” Ige. Ige was born in Hawaii in 1941, and spent time in both California and his native Hawaii shaping for some of the best known names in the business. Ige worked for both Greg Noll and Dewey Weber when both brands were headquartered in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Dewey Weber produced an Iggy signature model, which you can still find now and then. Ige returned to Hawaii in the Seventies, where he began shaping boards under The Surfboard Shaping Company label.

Today I wanted to feature two The Surfboard Shaping Company boards that were sold recently. The first one, featured at the top of the post and below, was sold on Craigslist in Honolulu.

Harold Iggy Ige The Surfboard Shaping Company 1

It’s a beautiful Seventies single fin with some really gorgeous touches. I love the warm colors, right down to the fin. The logo placement on the bottom of the board, right above the fin, is also neat and unexpected. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the deck — I can’t tell if the orange patch is simply just an opaque resin tint. The second leash plug up by the nose is unusual, too. This board was listed at $520.

Another Harold “Iggy” Ige The Surfboard Shaping Company board was recently sold on eBay…and, well, this somehow managed to slip past a lot of folks. You can find a link to the listing here, although the sale ended over two months ago. The board is a beautiful Seventies sting, and somehow it sold for a mere $250.

The Surfboard Shaping Company sting isn’t in perfect condition — not pictured are some open dings on the swallowtail, for example — but it’s well worth $250 when considering Ige’s place in surf history, not to mention that super sweet fin! You’ll also notice the sting has a slightly different logo. If I had to guess, I would say the sting was probably shaped a little later on in the Seventies than the yellow The Surfboard Shaping Company single fin above, but I’m not certain.

Ige is most certainly deserving of a longer post (sadly, he passed away six years ago), but for the time being, I hoped you enjoyed this quick overview of some of the boards he made shortly after his return to Hawaii.

S.K.I. (Synthetic Kinetic Instinct)

Some would say that the late 1960s and the early 1970s were the awkward teenage years of surfboard design. During this time, known as the Transition Era, surfboard shapers were figuring out how to gracefully pivot from longboards made for noseriding, into the shorter, more high performance shapes that we take for granted today. I love the uninhibited embrace of experimentation during this time, which has resulted in some pretty funky and distinctive boards, many of which look slightly crazy today.

There are two Dewey Weber SKIs that are currently up for sale on eBay, which you can find here and here. I have reproduced those pictures here on Shred Sledz for your enjoyment, along with a little bit of history of the board.

SKI is apparently an acronym that stands for “synthetic kinetic instinct”, which is about as hilarious as marketing mumbo jumbo gets. According to Stoked-n-Board, the SKI was created in conjunction with Australian surfing great Nat Young (not to be confused with current Santa Cruz pro of the same name.) Weber’s own website tells a slightly different story: “[the SKI] was strongly influenced by Dewey & former Weber Team riders Nat Young, Mike Tabeling & Harold Iggy (sic).”

First and foremost: mamma mia, look at those mint condition logos! If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye…well, then you are probably just a normal human being who lacks my utterly dysfunctional and crippling obsession with surfboards. But enough about me.

In the first logo, you can see text that reads “Australian inspired for Dewey Weber Surfboards.” This is a clear nod to Young, one of the most famous Aussie surfers ever. Young rode a version of this model in the seminal surf flick “Morning of the Earth.” This makes me think that Weber’s version of the story isn’t necessarily as generous to Young’s contributions as it might have been. (Not to mention the fact Mike Tabeling was from Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Harold “Iggy” Ige hailed from Hawaii).

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Nat Young in “Morning of the Earth.” Photo courtesy of Albert Falzon.

It’s really fascinating to compare the two different logos. I’m not sure why they are so different, when S-n-B indicates that The SKI was only produced in one year, 1969. The second one reads “Combination of water displacement and planing hulls by Weber Surfboards.” This sounds a bit like what we would call a displacement hull today, a la Andreini and co, but I can’t be positive.

These two listings also have clear photos of the Waveset fin box, which was common in boards at this time. Here’s a photo of a Waveset fin outside of a box. You can see the ridges in the base of the fin, which correspond to the corrugated shape in the fin box.

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Photo courtesy Swaylocks.com user Atomized

Both boards are currently going unbidden on eBay with starting bids under $200. Who knows where they’ll end up. Here is a link to the seller’s profile.