Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is gonna be quick and dirty, but sometimes that’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Featured here is an odd little Ole Surfboards stubby that was for sale on Craigslist about a week ago. The board is no longer listed for sale, but I think it’s still worth a shoutout.
First and foremost, Bob Olson is an old school shaper whose resume is beyond reproach. And as I have mentioned before, Ole was actually Shawn Stussy’s shop teacher!
Anyway, back to the board in question. As you can see, it’s dramatically shorter than the beautiful longboards for which Ole is probably most famous. I also recently featured an Ole Surfboards Transition Era hull, which bears some resemblance to the board pictured above.
I’ve dubbed the red Craigslist board a stubby, thanks to its outline and its 6’3″ length. I’m not entirely sure this is correct, though. I think it’s possible the stubby could have some hull elements to it, but without clear pictures of the entry rocker or any evidence of a belly on the board’s bottom, I can’t make any definitive statements.
If I had to guess I would say this board was shaped sometime during the early Seventies. The fin box looks a little more modern than the removable fins during the Transition Era of the late Sixties, for example. It also looks like the fin is pushed pretty far back towards the tail of the board.
The seller was asking $400 for the Ole Surfboards stubby, and I think it’s reasonable to say that it sold for near this price. Likewise, the Transition Era Ole Surfboards Hull I wrote up was also listed at $400, but was in worse condition than the stubby.
Vintage Ole boards aren’t particularly expensive, but I think that’s an oversight. And it seems like Ole’s more experimental vintage shapes can be had at reasonable prices, which can only be a good thing. Best of all? Ole is still shaping to this day, I understand, so hit the man up if you’re in the market for a board from a true surfboard shaping OG!