Vintage Hawaiian Surf Auction Raises Over $700,000 July 18 & 19, 2009

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Vintage surf collectibles proved to be a big draw at the 9th annual Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction this past weekend in Honolulu Hawaii. The auction was presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection and drew a record 379 serious collectors from around the world.

Word is it was the ’70s collection that busted down the door to a new era of collecting, I’m thinking 80’s door busting is right around the corner!

Family friend and Quik/Roxy woman of all things just slid my girl an email telling her that she is bringing me a copy of the auction book this week when she rolls into LA–I’m stoked to check it out.

Word is an 8’0″ Lightning Bolt shaped by Gerry Lopez sparked an online bidding war that resulted in a new ’70s record price of $25,000.

An outrageous George Greenough Flextail board from 1972, equipt with roughshod nose leash loop, release fin, and raw two-tone red and blue surface spray job rocked the house when it far exceeded its $7,500 reserve to fetch $20,000.

It wasn’t all about surfboards, either. No-one could be more shocked than 1977 world champion Shaun Tomson (South Africa) to discover his 1975 Duke Surf Classic set of white boardshorts, event program and Oscar-like gold trophy sell for $10,300 – more than his trademark blue 7’10” Tom Parrish that went for $10,000. All proceeds from those items will be going to the Mathew Tomson Foundation.

The top-selling non-surfboard lot was the Kahanamoku family album – 60 pages of incredible family history, original photographs and newspaper clippings. It sold for $14,000 to a young Hawaii bidder who slipped through the door seconds after the item took the stage, and exited just as quickly upon winning it. The local community is happy the album will remain at home in Hawaii.

Surf icons from across the generations were on site — Greg Noll, Bing Copeland, Jock Sutherland, Mark Richards, and Peter Townend. Legendary shapers Matt Kivlin and Joe Quigg whose, combined board sales exceeded $100,000. Joining them was Dick Brewer, who commanded ultimate respect in his stylish black trousers, deep lilac collared shirt and bolo tie combination that would have earned the envy of another icon of his generation: Roy Orbison.

A portion of every sale made will be donated to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, along with the Surfing Heritage Foundation, and the Surfrider Foundation, with the bulk of the balance going to the individual item consignors.

The Vintage Surfboard will be there next year live– for more info check it : http://www.hawaiiansurfauction.com.

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