Trust me when I say I graduated high school in '68, and that is NOT a '68 vintage Hobie by any means. Now if it were a Pan Slug, or a Propper Model, or a Weber Ski or Pig or Vee Bottom, then you might have something of value.
Nice fade glass job though.
Bottom line, if you ride it, or plan to ride it, keep it, if you don't ride it, unload it.
Just curious, are you sure that board is from 1968? Looks like a very modern outline to me.
I was told It's a 68' from a very reputal shaper from a shop in San Fran. I got this board over 20 years ago in CA. There was some confusion to exactly what year it was. But I was told it's between 68' - 76'. Also i've been told by several shapers that it looks like a late 60's early 70's board.
But I don't know 100% what year it. Not sure if there's a way to tell. I've search online b4 for the board could never find it. Nothing on the stringer and the bottom has been painted.
Last edited by Aguaholic; May 30, 2008 at 01:17 PM.
These were the boards we were riding in '69 from the Mid-Atlantic East Coast Championships at the OC Inlet: http://www.swellinfo.com/gallery/sho...&imageuser=411
They were Weber Vee-Bottoms and strato series Mini Feathers, generally 7'0''-8'6''. Only about 2 years after the '67 Performer Super Scoop which by today's standards was still a longboard at 9'. My friend Gary Ferguson was riding a Hobie Phil Edwards Model in '68, and that too was essentially still a long-board. Bill Gibbs of OC's Doughroller fame still has his 12' Weber Harold Iggy Model in his posession from that time. It's a beast, but Bill's a big guy. Quite the basketball player too.
By 70-71 sizes had dropped to the 6'-7'6'' range with the Weber Ski (http://www.swellinfo.com/gallery/sho...&imageuser=411) and the 5'-6' Pigs by the mid seventies when Sidewinders and Rick Flex-tails and a twin fin fish became fashionable for a time. As mentioned elsewhere, each new board style required different approaches to riding, and all of them with their own group of devotees. I've been through pin-tails, squash-tails, step-decks, flex-tails, bonzers, thrusters, quad-fins, and a host of others and in every instance what matters most is the person riding the board more-so than the board itself. A good surfer will be a good surfer no matter what he rides. Not denying that a good board is a good board, is a good board. Different strokes for different folks. If I had to make a call on your quad, I'd say it's late seventies to early eighties at most. Narrow nose and wide hips for planing and the offset quad fins for skate moves.
Can you pull a serial # off of it somewhere, maybe underneath your paint? Hobie is making more sailboats than boards these days, but I'm sure if you provide them with a serial no. they could give you a more accurate assessment. Post the result here so we can all enjoy the ride.
Last edited by MDSurfer; May 30, 2008 at 01:03 PM.
My buddy has a 1971 weber that looks almost exact to my board in regards to shape. except it's a single fin
I've been trying for years to figure out exactly what year it is. Seen a board in the oceanside surf museum that looked similar. It was a 74' But. the shapers opinion and that being a 68'-76' he's 78 years old and has been shaping for 60 years. ( maybe he is senile)
thought he knew what he's talking about. From the side view the board is like 4 inches thick. round rails and hard as a rock. The bottom was painted white by me as i was planning on doing some artwork. Never finished tho.
Regardless, if it not a 68' i can live with that. It's still vintage and it's still a sweet board
I really would like to just know the year....the real year
Also i wasn't even alive yet in 68'
Last edited by Aguaholic; May 30, 2008 at 01:16 PM.