So, a few follow collectors have asked me recently why haven’t you kept your thevintagesurfboard.com blog up to date. “INSTAGRAM!” For the past three years, I’ve abandon this blog for the ease and fun of Instagram. Deep down I knew I needed to slow down and do some updates. The catalyst to log on was the invite by Dennis Jarvis to host a vintage surfboard swap at his 1st annual Surf Expo, August 20th, 2016, and one collector calling me and stating “What’s with your website, it’s outdated..?”
I’m not sure who’s reading, but here I am, posting pictures and talking story about old surfboards. I also had my talented wife draw a logo and we made some hats and t-shirts. I might even sell a few at the Surf Expo.
I picked up this cosmic creature at the Longboard Collectors Club in June @ the Mahe Restaurant, Seal Beach. For sure, this one is a backyard shaped board while on the best hallucinogens. The board comes complete with galactical artwork, step, and channels.
Most vintage surfboard collectors, hoarders, savengers, etc…. have a very specific search for their Holy Grail. One example for most, is the authentic Lightning Bolt by Jerry Lopez, Barry Kanaiaupuni, and Tom Eberly. Since I’m more of a 80’s collector, the Eberly is my collection target. Recently, I almost hit the bullseye with this fair condition Eberly single fin Lightning Bolt. If the board was in mint condition, it would have been a perfect score. Either way, I’m stoked to have picked this one.
5’10”, 19 3/4″, and 3″
After stacking this surfboard house of cards, I’m not sure what to bring to the Longboard Collectors Club meet, Saturday, March 24th @ the HB Pier?….. Should I sell, swap, showcase????
If you’re in the market for a vintage rider or wall hanger, you don’t want to miss this event. Approximately 50 club members will be attending bringing in 100’s of vintage surfboards, along with a few of these below.
Singles, Twins, Thursters, + Quads
There is a Lightning Bolt by Tom Eberly buriend in there. Can you see it?
Despite the hurricane like conditions on Saturday, March 17th, Mar Vista, Ca., Surfboard Palooza Used Surfboard Event was a great success with nearly fifty surfboards sold. “Early bird,” Jason from thesidewalkshop.com, helped me set-up over sixty surfboards in the front yard right when it began to pour buckets. Buyers from San Diego, the OC, Ventura, Bakersfield, the IE, and around the corner in Venice shopped the selection during the storm of the year. At one point, boards began to blow across the yard. Thankfully, I invested in a canopy tent that allowed everyone to duck out of the rain to check out their new stick.
A few vintage beauties were sold including a late 60’s 50/5o Hansen to Oren; Jason (sidewalkshop.com) picked up a like new, mid 70’s Wind and Sea; and local buyer, Steve, scored a bright and rad 1983 Natural Progression thruster by Dean Edwards.
Thank you to all of the buyers who braved the rain and hail to update their quiver.
Also, a huge piece of gratitude goes to Sarah Auerswald for promoting this great community sale on www.marvistamom.com
My friend Ian had just surfed Breakwater, Venice Beach. Walking back to the car in the ally, he was approached by a homeless person. He asked Ian if wanted to buy some weed to help him get the bus back to Florida. Ian said “No – I’m cool but how much for the Stussy surfboard under your arm?” The guy said “Do you want to buy it? Give me $50.00.” After a few flip flop offers, Ian scored this late 1980’s Stussy for me for $30.00. It’s rough but worth it for the story.
Every board has a story- this is makes me wonder how many people rode her and where?