Weekend Grab Bag: Bill Stewart Airbrush & More

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s another installment of our Weekend Grab Bag series, which features cool boards I have seen listed for sale online recently. Keep reading for the rundown, including a rad OP surfboard with a sweet Bill Stewart airbrush, and more…

Surf Line Hawaii Fish (Craigslist Hawaii)

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The board above is an unusual twin fin fish with a classic Seventies Surf Line Hawaii laminate on it. I wrote a Deep Dive on Surf Line Hawaii a while back, and it remains one of my favorite blog posts, even if it doesn’t seem to be all that popular. I’m not sure who shaped the board, and I suspect it might have been originally made as a twin fin, but just about every other Surf Line Hawaii surfboard I have seen is a Seventies single fin.

Dewey Weber Ski Model (Craigslist Hawaii)

Click the photos above to enlarge. This is a gorgeous Transition Era surfboard that comes complete with a WAVE Set fin. The board has been restored by Randy Rarick. I have a weakness for hulls of all shapes and sizes, and this one definitely fits the bill.

OP Thruster with Bill Stewart Airbrush (Craigslist Norfolk)

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Bill Stewart’s airbrushes were the subject of the most recent installment of the excellent Surfboards and Coffee series. This OP Surfboard has a pretty bitchin’ Bill Stewart airbrush, which you can also see in the image at the very top of the page. The board is priced at $475. It also happens to come with what looks like an original Rainbow Fin, so if you’re local, this could be worth it with the Bill Stewart airbrush and the collectible fin.

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Hobie Corky Carroll Stringerless Model (Craigslist Monterey)

Anecdotally, I see a lot of Hobie Corky Carroll models floating around for sale on Craigslist, eBay, etc. I’m guessing they were produced in pretty high numbers during the Sixties. The Hobie Corky Carroll model featured above is a stringerless variant, which I don’t believe I have ever seen before. Looks like the glass leash loop was probably added after the fact, but it’s still a very cool board complete with the original bolt through fin.

Dewey Weber SKI (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. One such design is the Dewey Weber SKI.

There are two Dewey Weber SKI surfboards 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 Dewey Weber 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 the Dewey Weber SKI 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 Dewey Weber 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.