Shred Sledz Presents: 4/10 Weekend Grab Bag (Harbour, Surfboards Hawaii, Gordon & Smith)

These “weekend” posts are increasingly stretching into Monday evening territory, so apologies for the delay. With that said, here’s a mix of some interesting surfboards I’ve come across recently.

Harbour Banana Longboard

Today’s post features not one, but two great deals regarding some Harbour boards. First is a Harbour Banana model for sale for $600 on Craigslist in Santa Ana, California (Orange County). You can find the board here. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Rich Harbour is charging an additional $500 just to hand shape a board! This thing is underpriced, considering. The Banana looks like it was shaped recently, it’s in great condition, and the listing has clear pictures of the signature. Check it here.


Harbour Spherical Revolver


This deal might be better than the first (and I’m sorely tempted to pull the trigger on this thing myself). There’s a Harbour Spherical Revolver for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles that’s going for a mere $300. You can find the board here. The pictures on the post aren’t great, but there aren’t any major areas of concern I can identify off the bat. Now is as good a time as any to remind you that Shred Sledz’s Official Policy regarding these matters is that you should see a board in person before pulling the trigger.


Surfboards Hawaii Mike Slingerland Single Fin

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First, the good news: there’s a Mike Slingerland-shaped Surfboards Hawaii single fin currently for sale on eBay, and it features a rad alternate logo that I have never seen before. You can find the link here. Right now, the bidding is at a mere $45. The bad news? The board has a pretty gruesome repair that needs to be re-done. Either way, it’s a cool example of a later-era Surfboards Hawaii board.


Guy Okazaki Single Fin

Guy Okazaki is a Venice-based shaper who has been plying his trade way before Venice was ever cool. There’s a 70s single fin he shaped that is currently for sale for $475 on Craigslist in Simi Valley, which is right outside of Los Angeles. You can find that link here. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about Okazaki himself, but this is a beautiful classic 70s single fin with a great rainbow fin, and it looks like it has been kept in pretty impeccable condition.


Bargain Bin

I won’t justify these with pics.

$80 for a Phil Becker-shaped Rick Board. Board isn’t in great condition, but $80 for a Becker Phil is worth mentioning. Craigslist, Orange County: link here.

$50 for a Russell single fin. Shawn Stussy used to shape for Russell back in the day; could be worth taking a flyer on this thing in the hopes that this could be true. Craigslist, Los Angeles: link here.

$300 for a Schroff shortboard. This price isn’t a bargain, per se — the board has the older logo and it’s not one of the obvious 80s versions that the collectors go crazy over. I’m having a hard time telling if this thing is a re-issue or if it really is vintage. Glass on fins are making me lean towards the latter but don’t quote me. It has some cool channels on the bottom, too. Craigslist, San Clemente: link here.

Surfboards Hawaii Vee Bottom

For the first time in Shred Sledz history, I am using a different picture to link to a post. The picture above, which I found on Flickr, courtesy of user surfvinsd, is of an 8′ Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom board.

The good news is there’s a very similar board up for sale on Craigslist right now. These Surfboard Hawaii vee bottoms are pretty hard to come by, and the one that is listed appears to be in decent condition. The poster is asking $650 for the board, which seems fair, with the big assumption that the board is in decent condition.

I couldn’t bear to post the picture that came with the ad, since this board is so dang beautiful and unique. But I urge you to check it out here and maybe even spring for the board (again, check it out in person yourself, and make sure the condition is up to snuff!) should you be inclined to own a piece of transition era surfboard history.

Surfboards Hawaii Mike Slingerland Twin Fin

Surfboards Hawaii is a Shred Sledz favorite, and we’ve written about the brand many times before. While Surfboards Hawaii is best known for its early days, when Dick Brewer and Ben Aipa were mowing foam for early surf icons like Buzzy Trent, the brand has some interesting boards from its later years, too.

Pictured here is an example of a Mike Slingerland-shaped twin fin, which can be found on Craigslist in San Antonio for $375. (See here for an earlier Slingerland shape with an equally ridiculous paint job).

The board looks like it’s in excellent condition. I am a sucker for splashy (tacky?) neon spray jobs, and it doesn’t take much of an imagination to figure out why this board would be up my alley. Slingerland might not be one of the most famous shapers to have passed through Surfboards Hawaii’s doors, but he is an incredible shaper in his own right. These days Slingerland seems to be located in San Diego, where he can be found churning out boards for Leucadia surf shop Surfy Surfy.

I’d guess this board is from the late 70s or early 80s, given the paint job. Stoked-n-Board lists Slingerland as having shaped for Surfboards Hawaii from 1971 to 1978, which matches up to this time frame.

Anyway, check out the board here if you’re so inclined.

Surfboards Hawaii 1960s Noserider (Refurbished)

I’ve written about Surfboards Hawaii numerous times before, and what can I say? There’s just something classic about this brand. I love the simple, unadorned logo, the rich history, and of course the murderers’ row of talented shapers to pass through its doors. This storied label is no longer being produced, though I have heard that Jim “The Genius” Phillips has a stash of Surfboards Hawaii logos and will gladly affix them to a custom-ordered board. See here for an example of a new, Phillips-shaped Surfboards Hawaii stick, via Surfy Surfy.

There is an early 1960s 11′ noserider available for sale on Craigslist right now in Encinitas, which is pictured here. The board is in excellent shape, though it’s worth noting that there are some significant fixes that have been made. For starters, the board was completely resealed a few years ago, and some surgery has been done on the fin, albeit by talented Santa Cruz shaper Michel Junod, who spent a good chunk of time on Hawaii’s North Shore himself. In the picture of the deck you can see a light spot where apparently a Newport Beach Surfing Permit once was! It’s a shame, as surf permits are a cool throwback to the early days of surfing.

As the Craigslist posting points out, there’s an outside chance the board was shaped by Dick Brewer. Apparently you could pay an extra $15 to get a Brewer custom shaped boards at the original Encinitas location of the Surfboards Hawaii store, so take that for what it’s worth.

The board isn’t cheap at $1100, but it’s in fantastic condition. You can check it out on Craigslist here.

Ben Aipa for Surfboards Hawaii

Spotted on Craigslist in Paso Robles, California is an interesting Ben Aipa / Surfboards Hawaii single fin.

I’d never seen this logo before, nor does Stoked-n-Board’s Surfboards Hawaii page show anything resembling this design. From what I can tell, there isn’t an Aipa signature anywhere on the board, which I believe is unusual as well. Surfboard Hoard has an example of a Surfboards Hawaii board shaped by Aipa, with very different branding and logos. I have included one of the pictures below:

The board pictured with this post isn’t in the best condition. For one, there has been a ton of work around the tail, and at least two other dings that required significant repairs. There’s also the issue of the unsightly black nose guard, not to mention the remnants of a deck pad. It’s sad to see such a cool looking board in half-assed condition, but oh well. And at $600 I can’t say you’re getting a bargain, either, but perhaps this is a very rare logo that would require a premium.

If you’re interested, check it out here.

A Model of Efficiency: Surfboards Hawaii

If you’re in the Orange County / LA area, there’s a cool little Surfboards Hawaii Model A floating around on Craigslist. Link here.

It’s not cheap – the poster is asking $725 for the board, which has some obvious discoloration on the deck – but it’s a cool example of an older Surfboards Hawaii board. The brand is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s always great to see examples of these boards floating around. As the old saying goes…they’re not making any more of them!

The triple stringer design is pretty cool and unique.

In doing some quick research, Stoked-n-Board predictably has some useful information on its entry for Surfboards Hawaii. Apparently the original Model A was produced in Encinitas (Surfboards Hawaii had factories there and in Haleiwa) between 1964 and 1967. According to this thread on Swaylocks, the Model A is a step deck design, which was common during this era.

Retros were also made of the Model A starting in 1991. The logos for the original board and the more recent retro models are almost identical. The only way to tell the difference between the original logo and the retro lego is that the space between “Surfboards” and “Hawaii” is much wider on the original.

Compare the screenshot attached to this post with the one inserted below. In the picture below, you can clearly see that “Surfboards” and “Hawaii” are pushed much closer together.


Dick Brewer even hand shaped some of these boards, as he was shaping for Surfboards Hawaii during this time. It’s unclear if the example here is a Brewer handshape or if it was made by someone else.

For some great pics of another Surfboards Hawaii Model A and then a Model AAA (which was apparently a shorter transition shape counterpart to the original Model A), you can go to Used Surf, a Japanese website that has some beautiful old boards for sale. Here’s the Model A by Brewer, and then a Model AAA also shaped by him. You’ll notice they have the same distinctive triple stringer setup.

Check out the board here.

Mike Slingerland for Surfboards Hawaii

File this one under “coulda, shoulda, woulda.”

Pictured here is a 1970s Surfboards Hawaii Hydro model, shaped by Mike Slingerland, that recently sold on eBay. I think the brand has its strongest association with its noseriders from the 1960s, but this is a cool example of a different board from the storied brand.

Many shapers passed through Surfboards Hawaii, such as Dick Brewer and Donald Takayama. Slingerland might not be quite as famous as Brewer, but he is an incredibly well respected shaper in his own right. Nowadays he’s shaping a lot of boards for Surfy Surfy, which is a great shop down in San Diego.

As you can see, this board boasts an airbrush job that fits in right with the groovy 70s. It’s got some interesting channels on the bottom of the board, paired with a double wing in the tail.

I say coulda, shoulda, woulda because it turns out this board sold for under $200! Not bad, especially if you arranged for a local pickup instead of the $135 shipping option. You can still see the eBay post here.

Surfboards Hawaii Vee Bottom

Pictured here is a sweet Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom board that recently popped up on eBay. I feel like I have seen this board posted for sale before, but in any case, it measures about 8′4″, and it’s got that sick pronounced vee in the tail (see picture #2). I’ve heard they only produced a limited run of these boards, but I can’t find any information about the specific shape or production numbers.

I did find another Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom that failed to go for auction a few years back, which you can see here. The estimate on that board was somewhere between $400 and $1,000, so the fact this one is priced at $800, and seemingly excellent condition, means they are roughly in the same ballpark. Then again, this is a very small sample size.

It’s also worth nothing that Kirk Putnam, who works closely with hull aficionados Marc Andreini and Greg Liddle, likes the Surfboards Hawaii vee bottom boards, and owns one himself. His board was shaped by John Price, the original owner of the Surfboards Hawaii brand. You can read more on his excellent blog, KP’s Roundup, and Kirk posts some cool surf-related pics over on Instagram, too.

Anyway, check out this cool transitional shape here on eBay, if you’re so inclined.