The Boardroom Show / California Gold Surf Auction 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of year again: the Boardroom Show is almost upon us. For those of you unfamiliar, the Boardroom Show is an annual event that showcases the surfboard manufacturing industry. Sadly, I won’t be in attendance this year, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the proceedings.

While there’s a ton of great stuff about the show — for starters, Wayne Lynch will be making an appearance — in this blog post I’ll simply cover my favorite boards from the accompanying California Gold Surf Auction. The auction closes in less than three days, so hop on it if you’re eyeing any of the pristine sleds that are up for grabs.

It’s interesting to note how the selection of boards has changed over time. In my write up of last year’s auction I noted the increasing popularity of Eighties neon / Echo Beach influenced designs. I think this year’s California Gold Surf Auction represents a bit of a return to the classics. There are a ton of Sixties longboards, some cool Transition Era shapes, and a host of cool Seventies single fins, and some newer stuff, too.

You can learn more about the Boardroom Show here, and see here for a full list of the boards listed at auction. All photos in this post are via the Boardroom Show’s website. Keep reading below for a brief summary of my personal favorites from the 2019 California Gold Surf Auction:

Terry Fitzgerald Hot Buttered Winged Pin (Link)

If you forced me to choose a favorite board from the auction, I think this would be it. I think Fitz’s boards are still a bit underrated here in the States, and this one has it all. How about that rainbow stringer? The airbrush on the bottom is killer, and the unmistakable, sleek Seventies outline is gorgeous. You can read my post on an unusual Fitz-shaped Lightning Bolt here.

Rick Rasmussen Seventies Single Fin (Link)

As a native New Yorker, I will always think of Rick Rasmussen as the gold standard for Empire State surfing. (Apologies to Balaram Stack, who is another favorite.) Here’s an absolutely stunning Rick Rasmussen single fin that’s listed for sale. The board pictured above is in much better condition than a previous Rasmussen surfboard I wrote up earlier this year. Click the photos to enlarge and get a shot of the black pin line on the deck.

Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight Fabric Inlay (Link)

The Bing David Nuuhiwa Lightweight is special enough on its own, but this example has the rare and gorgeous floral fabric inlay. I love the color of fabric pattern, especially in contrast with the fin. I have nothing against boards that have been fully restored, but I prefer them all original, imperfections and all. If anything, I dig the natural look of the slight discoloration on the deck.

Tom Parrish Lightning Bolt (Link)

Here’s another gorgeous Hawaiian heat seeking missile. Lightning Bolt is a classic for a reason. The board is all original, and for my money, I think it’s one of the prettiest sticks in the entire auction lineup. Check out that subtle double pin line, and the creamsicle colorway — complete with matching glass on fin — won’t ever go out of style. Parrish, of course, is a legendary shaper and one of the Lightning Bolt OGs. He’s still making boards today, so hit him up!

Miscellaneous / Final Thoughts

In no particular order, here are some other boards that I thought were really rad:

I realize some of my picks are a little unorthodox, but I like what I like, and that tends to skew more towards the Seventies and Eighties. No matter what, though, if you’re interested in surfboards, you can’t go wrong by giving the auction lots a closer look. Check out the California Gold Surf Auction site here and if you’re in San Diego, the Boardroom Show is well worth your time.

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (June 30 2018)

Greetings, Shredderz! That’s right, it’s time for some fresh selections of vintage surfboard goodness from social media. Check it out below.

Let’s start this thing off right with an absolutely cherry Rick Rasmussen surfboard. Before Balaram Stack and Quincy Davis, Rasmussen was one of the few bright lights in New York’s otherwise dim history of pro surfers. It’s rare to find Rasmussen’s boards floating around, and this is one of the cleanest examples I have ever seen. As a native of the Empire State, I’m obligated to write up any awesome Rasmussen surfboard I come across.

George Greenough is as mysterious as he is influential. While Greenough’s designs still live on via many other talented shapers, it’s quite unusual to find actual Greenough shapes. Santa Barbara shaper Ryan Lovelace — a young and thoroughly modern shaper who insists on doing all of his boards by hand — featured a fascinating array of Greenough boards on his Instagram. Make sure you scroll through all the pics.

I mean, honestly, if we were lazy, we could just direct you to Luis Real’s Instagram feed. This man is a pretty prolific collector of vintage boards, and he often finds some real Hawaiian gems. If, like me, you’ve got a thing for the Eighties, there’s no better fix than a Town and Country thruster with a rad neon spray job.

I’ve featured the Campbell Brothers and their signature Bonzer design many times on Shred Sledz. They might be old school but don’t let that fool you: they post some of the best stuff on Instagram. I love this ultra clean 1976 Bonzer that was actually shaped under the William Dennis label. I have never seen another Malcolm Campbell board for the William Dennis label. Check out that resin job on the deck!