Weekend Grab Bag: January Jump Off

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have the inaugural Weekend Grab Bag post for the decade. We’ve got some sweet boards for you today, including a clean Morey-Pope Sopwith Camel. Keep scrolling for a selection of sledz that are currently listed for sale online.

Morey-Pope Sopwith Camel (Craigslist LA)

I’ve covered the many iterations of the Morey-Pope Camel before: the Camel Mini-Pepper, the 3/4 Camel, and the Sopwith Camel. Whenever I look at Morey-Pope boards I am reminded of Tom Morey’s incredible creativity. Anyway, this is just a “regular” Morey-Pope Camel. It’s one of the cleaner ones I have seen, and it has a beautiful resin pin line, too. The pics give you a great idea of the convex hull on the board.

Custom 9’6″ Yater Spoon (Craigslist Santa Barbara)

The Yater Spoon is an unimpeachable classic. If it’s not your kind of deal, I’m not sure we’re meant to be friends. This Spoon has some unique touches. First, the seller claims the board was hand shaped by Renny himself, which is notable given that the newer Spoons are all apparently shaped with the help of shaping machines. Second, as you can see in the photos above, it also sports a very cool wooden fin, and what looks to be a wooden wedge stringer. There are some other neat boards listed on the ad, including an awesome Yater balsa board, which has since sold.

10’7.5″ Bob Pearson Gun (Craigslist San Diego)

The listing claims this Pearson Arrow surfboard was shaped for legendary Santa Cruz / Mavericks charger Jay Moriarity, who is responsible for one of the most iconic surf images from the Nineties. If you look up images of Moriarity’s infamous wipeout you’ll see he’s surfing a board with the same airbrush. I doubt this is the board, but it’s still very, very cool. Seller claims it was shaped in 1997.

Odds and Ends

  1. 9’0″ Epoxy Donald Takayama “In The Pink” Model from 2012 (Craigslist San Diego)
    • Anecdotally, it seems like Takayama boards are creeping up in prices. This one is $750, looks to be in pretty good shape, and has some unusual epoxy laminates I haven’t seen before.
  2. Aipa / T&C Twin Fin w/Pottz Airbrush (eBay)
    • The Pottz airbrush has to be one of the most iconic sprays ever. Even better, this stick was shaped by Ben Aipa. Not cheap but also not hard to see why.
  3. 9’0″ Surfboards Makaha 1960s Longboard, possibly shaped by Ben Aipa (eBay)
    • Speaking of Ben Aipa, he shaped some boards under the Surfboards Makaha label during the earlier part of his career. There’s no signature so your guess is as good as mine, but at $300 it’s pretty cheap (local pickup in Hawaii required).
  4. Eighties Simon Anderson / Energy Surfboards Thruster (Craigslist San Diego)
    • I think this one is a tad pricey but I always love seeing these early Simon Anderson thrusters. Anderson employed other shapers, so I can’t say it’s one of his hand shapes, but it’s still a cool relic from the early days of one of the most influential surfboard designs ever.

Social Media Roundup: Santa Barbara Edition

It’s the first Social Media Roundup of 2019, and today we’re focusing on some recent posts that delve into the rich history of Santa Barbara surfing. Alright, enough from me, and onto the pics…

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This is a photo of an early eighties shaping machine – Al Merrick. I wish I would have shot more of Al actually shaping. Using film back in the day to shoot in the shaping room, you really needed to spend time setting up lights to do well. It is a room design to absorb light not bounce it. Film and cameras just did not have the ability to capture motion in that type of lighting conditions without some form of strobe. Very much different than the cameras now. The full lighting setup took too much time and when shooting Al or any shaper in high demand, you were stopping production, literally. Shooting Al was usually a 30 minute disruption max with one hand held strobe. Al was always great about it, never pressured me to hurry. The rush was always self imposed. This shot is outside of the old factory. It’s an insurance shot in case the one strobe did not render anything desirable. • Shaper, board, and rider • @cisurfboards #almerrick @curfuffle #tomcurren #surfboards #surfboardshaper #surfboardshaping #surfphoto #surfphotos #surfphotographer #surflifestyle

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I’ve featured his work here a few times before, but I can’t help doing it again, because Jimmy Metyko is a must follow! His Instagram feed is a who’s who of the Santa Barbara surf scene back in the day, and he’s also a very talented photographer. You should check out a recent slideshow of his photos on Surfer Magazine’s website. This portrait of Al Merrick is simple and striking. I’m assuming it’s from the same shoot as the featured photo at the top of the page. Make sure you scroll through for the bonus shot of a young Tom Curren riding a Channel Islands shape.

The black & white Santa Barbara theme continues, but this time around we have a very clean Transition Era Yater hull / vee bottom board. Wish there were some dimensions listed on this bad boy. You don’t see these late Sixties Yaters everywhere, but I think they are among some of Renny’s coolest shapes.

Alan Casagrande is a talented artist who has a long history with Liddle Surfboards. I was blown away to discover that the board he’s holding in the picture is a Liddle. I can’t be sure but it almost looks like a sting! Either way the outline doesn’t have much in common with Greg Liddle’s famous displacement hulls.

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ABALONE SPOON YATER LOGO

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And what better way to introduce a little color to this entry than by way of a stunning abalone inlay on a Yater Spoon? Abalone was once plentiful up and down the California coast, and I love how Bob Haakenson, one of Santa Barbara’s finest glassers, still uses it for special occasions. This is a subtle but awesome touch to add to a custom Yater, if you ask me.

Photo at the top of the page by Jimmy Metyko; via Surfer Magazine.

Weekend Grab Bag: Yater Spoon & More

Greetings, Shredderz! I’d like to think the blog has been off to a nice start this year, with content like this absolute weapon of a Channel Islands single fin sporting an epic Jack Meyer airbrush, or scans of an old Eaton Surfboards brochure sent to me by a reader. Ultimately, though, that’s for all of you to decide. If you’re still reading this, first I would like to say thank you, and second, let’s get right to the next installment of the Weekend Grab Bag, where I highlight some of my favorite boards currently listed for sale on the internet. Scroll down for a selection of sick vintage sticks that are currently up for grabs.

9’10” Andreini Spoon (Craigslist Santa Cruz)

Marc Andreini is one of my all-time favorite shapers. The board above is a take on Renny Yater’s famous Spoon design, which, fifty plus years after its invention, remains one of the greatest noserider surfboards ever crafted. Andreini, who spent formative years shaping and surfing in Santa Barbara, considers Yater one of his chief influences. (Check out “The Gift” for more info on Andreini and California surfboard history.) The Andreini spoon pictured above isn’t quite vintage — the seller estimates it was shaped in 1996 or so — but it’s old enough to qualify as interesting (to me, anyway). As best I could tell, Andreini’s current noserider model does not have the step deck you see on both the Yater Spoon and the board above. No matter what, this Andreini spoon is a cool board from one of California’s great living shapers, and at $575, I think it’s more than reasonably priced. See below for a video of Joe Davies riding an Andreini Owl Noserider, which is via Andreini’s own website. (And if you’re into unique Andreini boards, here’s a Bonzer that’s currently for sale.)

9’8″ Yater Spoon from 2000 (Craigslist San Diego)

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And now that we’ve seen a take on the Yater Spoon, how about one from the OG himself? I think the price might be a bit steep on the Yater Spoon pictured above. The seller is asking $1399. He claims the board has only been surfed once, and it certainly looks to be in extra clean condition. Even so, you can easily find a brand new Yater Spoon on Mollusk’s website listed at $1199 before tax. To each his own, but I think we can all agree that you simply can’t go wrong with a Yater Spoon.

9’6″ Greg Liddle L Spoon (Craigslist Ventura)

Greg Liddle’s L Spoon design is also influenced by Renny Yater. See the Liddle Surfboards website for more info. Honestly, I’m a little surprised this board is still listed for sale. It has been up for over two weeks, which is longer than most Greg Liddle hand shapes last on Craigslist. I’m wondering if the board hasn’t already been sold, and the seller never bothered to take down the listing. The Liddle L Spoon listed above is priced at $1500. No matter what, I’m a sucker for that old school Crash Test Dummies inspired Liddle Surfboards logo, too.