Antique Overlin Board - Anyone Know Anything About This?
Found this for sale at a nearby shop who mostly sell super high end board shorts and soft top boards. They called it 'used collectable surfboard' and knew nothing about it. It was very cheap and in remarkably good shape. It has no dimensions written, but it's about 6'8, 22" and change at the wide point, over 3" thick, single fin and weighs about 30lbs. Very reminiscent of a Lightning Bolt, but probably a bit heavier. Cleaned, plugged a few minor holes and it actually rides really well in the 1-2' slop we had in NY yesterday. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about it. I know of Jim/Tom Overlin but can't find much with this logo or anything about the shape itself. I know this is more of a Swaylocks topic but it's worth a shot... overlin.jpgoverlin.jpg
I think the Overlins were made in Melbourne, FL for a while as well as in Santa Cruz CA. They were actually really nice sticks, not exactly collectors items (maybe to the right dude in japan) but they always were very clean shapes with nice inkwork/color/decals- as good as the best out there. That one looks around '72-3-4. My guess is if it is in real nice condition you might be able to get 3 hunj for her (not to brown , maintained well and not having a soft deck). Primo virgin might be 5 to $600 but it had not ever been ridden nor ever been in the sun. You had better put that stick on a scale, I kind of doubt it actually weighs 30 lbs unless she has had some major league mud work done.
Here is some info. First board I had in 91 in HS was a Jim Overlin 6'8" pin tail single fin. Got it from my buddy for $25. Good board, heavy but smooth riding. Couple of years later we were riding it behind a boat in the intercoastal waterway and my buddy was on it when he hit a very shallow shoal. Board stopped, he went flying and the whole fin box ripped out. Finally repaired it about 10 years later by my buddy who shapes boards in Wilmington. I ride it sometimes when I am down there.
Oh and PS my shaper bud has that same board you got in yellow with the same winged swallow tail and single fin set up with a beaked nose. Fun as hell!!!!!
Thanks all. Not really concerned about price, just wonder when its from and what size/type of wave it was designed for. It's unfathomably heavy. My scale could be off a drop, but she tips the scales at just under 30. The ride was much more like a longboard than I would've thought (probably the weight). I'm pretty sure it's been restored, not a heel mark to be found, but the ride/float make me think there wasn't all that much weight added. It would probably be a lot of fun on a decent sized wave, but I'd rather try to duck dive a small cruise ship, so it's not gonna happen in NY...
Yep they are like duck diving a small boat. Turtle roll that thing and ride it in some chest or bigger waves and you will see how fast it is and how well it tracks down the line. Oh and I agree they do ride more like a longboard than a shorty.