For the first time at any vintage surf auction, every single auction lot is being sold to the highest bidder without a reserve! Every few days photos of auction lots will be added to "Pix of the week". Once the auction starts more detailed photos and descriptions will be available on each "Auction Detail' page.
Offered will be some of the most scarce antique and vintage surfboards to ever be seen at auction. In addition, there will be rare surfing art, statues, trophies, posters, patches, decals, clothing, books, figurines and more.
Many of the items have very significant provenance attached; like four time World Champion Mark Richards' 1977 Lightning Bolt Gun. Or World champion Jimmy Blear's first place World trophy. How about a large never seen original Rick Griffin art board or an ultra rare three piece surfboard from 1965 by Morey-Pope. There's also a 'lost' set of 10 large photographs of 1940s Malibu Beach with lots of surfboards and surfing taken by Marilyn Monroe's photographer.
Nearly two dozen antique and vintage wood surfboards make this the largest selection of wooden surfboards to ever be offered in one place. Included are 1910s and 20s solid redwood Hawaiian ala'ia and paipo boards. And 1930s and 40s mixed wood laminate boards made of balsa and redwood. Also Tom Blake models by 3 of the 4 makers of his boards. And a large selection of solid balsa boards from the 1950s.
The list of 1960s boards is extensive, including more than two dozen model surfboards. And an all star selection of Hawaiian big wave guns. Other significant 60s pieces include World Champion Nat Young's 1969 trophy and a 1961 Surfboards Hawaii rhino chaser, #64 signed by **** Brewer for Henry Mahi.
Boards from the 1970s include some very significant riders like 1974 Pipeline Master Jeff Crawford's Pipe board. A Lightning Bolt by Gerry Lopez for Surf Movie film maker John 'Orly' Hitchcock. Also a 1970 first place trophy for World Champion Peter Drouyn.
With over 125 lots totaling more than 200 rare and collectible items all being offered with no reserve, the February 2009 US Vintage Surf Auction will likely be the most thrilling surf auction ever.
Items available in the February 21, 2009 auction include:
Vintage Surfing Art and Decor:
Original 1700s & 1800s copper engravings of the earliest images of surfers and surfing
An amazing original etching by listed Hawaii artist Huc Luquins from 1918 of Surf-Riding at Waikiki
A very large, never seen before, signed original by Rick Griffin
A very rare painting of Duke Kahanamoku surfing Waikiki by Hale Pua / Frank Oda
An original painting done for a magazine cover art depicting surfers
A scarce 1920s metal art deco Surfrider girl
Never seen 1951 Surfrider Lamp
A large 1940s ceramic Hawaiian girl surfing figurine
A metal Surfrider man also from the 1920s - 30s
Malibu Beach set of 10 'lost' original 1940s photographs, each 8" x 10", of 1940s surfboards and surfing
Original oil paintings by Severson
Late 1800s to early 1900s books with surfing:
1946 California Surfriders by Doc Ball
1935 Hawaiian Surfboard by Tom Blake
1901 A Trip to Hawaii
1900 Kelea the Surfrider
The most significant vintage surf trophies ever offered at auction:
Included is a 1930 trophy inscribed to Kahanamoku
World Champion Nat Young's 1969 trophy
1970 first place trophy for World Champion Peter Drouyn
World champion Jimmy Blear's first place World trophy
A 1940 San Pedro trophy
Antique Wood Surfboards:
Early turn-of-the-century boards:
The finest examples of all original, untouched early Hawaiian wood surfboards to ever reach an auction
1920s and 30s solid wood surfboards:
Solid redwood and redwood with balsa surfboards
Two very rare Hawaiian boards made entirely of balsa
1930s - 40s surfboards collection:
A Woody Brown Hotcurl
A rare Tom Blake - Mitchell 'Hawaiian Surfboard' near mint
A Tom Blake by Rogers
A Tom Blake by Catalina
An unusual experimental Bob Simmons
And other outstanding solid wood boards from this era.
1950s balsa surfboards will include:
An all original Greg Noll
Original Velzy - Jacobs
Very rare signed Gordie
A beautifully crafted Woody Brown
A near flawless Allen balsa
Rich Chew's personal balsa board
A monster balsa by Hobie
Other balsa boards:
Greg Noll, Weber, Hobie, Bing, Greek, Con, Hansen, Morey-Pope, Gordie, George Downing, Chuck Dent, Surfboards Hawaii, Brewer, Felker, Interisland, Phil Edwards, Makaha, Hynson, Velzy and Gordon and Smith.
Big Wave 60s Guns:
1961 Surfboards Hawaii #64 signed by **** Brewer for Henry Mahi
1968 Surfboards Makaha 'Tigerstripe' pintail
1965 - 10' 10" Hobie - Brewer #84
1966 - 11' 0" Gordie
1960s - 10' 8" Hobie rhino chaser
1968 - 10' 0" Greg Noll Surfcenter Hawaii signed
1960's models include:
Bing 'Pipeliner' Gun and Standard by Brewer
Morey-Pope 'AAA Eliminator'
Greenough - McTavish 'Spoon'
Hansen '50 / 50'
Bing 'Nuuhiwa Lightweight' tiger stripes
Greg Noll ' Da Cat'
Surfboards Hawaii 'Chivas Monster'
Gordon & Smith 'Hynson HY1'
Hobie 'Phil Edwards'
Greg Noll 'Slot Bottom'
Greg Noll 'Bug'
Gordon & Smith 'Tiger Stipe'
Hobie 'Corky Carroll'
George Downing 'Delux'
Hobie ' Gary Propper'
Greg Noll 'California'
Greg Noll 'Infinity'
Rick 'Barry Kanaiaupuni'
An ultra scarce Morey-Pope 'Trisect'
1960s surfing memorabilia:
Rare Team Clothing:
A set of 1965 Weber Team shorts & jacket with provenance
A super rare 60s Duke Invitational team jacket
A 1964 Hobie Team jacket with provenance
A rarely seen set of Duke Kahanamoku shoes with the matching shirt.
Collectibles with four (4) or more items in each lot:
Surf Patches - Greg Noll, Weber, Hobie, Hansen and many others
Surf Decals - Con, Phil Edwards, Weber, Jacobs, Greek, Bing, Hobie, Corky Carroll, Greg Noll, Harbor, Ole, Dave Sweet, Wardy, Collier, Matador, Carbonell, Aloha, Hawaii, Rick, Wind an Sea, World Championships, Grannis, and others
Surfboard price lists - Sweet, Wardy, Ole, Flaherty and Diwain
Surf company business cards - Sweet, Wardy, Ole
Surf movie posters - 1966 Endless Summer, 1963 Angry Sea, 1963 Let There Be Surf, 1962 Surfing Hollow Days, 1963 Once Upon A Wave, 1962 Dynamite, 1962 Cavalcade Of Surf, 1958 Slippery When Wet, 1963 Gun Ho, 1963 Ride On The Wild Side, 1968 Moods of Surfing, 1962 10th Annual International Surfing Championships at Makaha, and others
Surf related albums - a single lot of more than 100 albums!
Vintage 1970s surfboards:
Lightning Bolts by Gerry Lopez, Barry Kanaiupuni, Tom Parrish and Reno Abellira
Gordon and Smith
Big wave guns from the 70s:
Lightning Bolt by Lopez
Bing 'Eaton' Waimea gun
Three Lightning Bolts by Parrish, BK and Reno
Two **** Brewer Pipeliner guns
Rick 'Barrry Kanaiaupuni
Interisland - Brewer, Reno Abillera
Surfboards of particular importance:
Mark Richards' personal 1977 Lightning Bolt Gun
Personal Brewer Pipeline gun of Pipe Masters Champ Jeff Crawford
1943 Woody Brown Hotcurl
Rich Chew's balsa
Ultra rare Morey-Pope 'Trisect' * Early Simmons experimental board
Near mint 1934 Tom Blake 'Hawaiian Surfboard'
Lighting Bolt by 'Lopez' for film maker John 'Orly' Hitchcock
If only I had kept all my old boards, but what surfer can ever afford that?
I started with a Royal Hawaiian by Dexter (pop out) then went to a Weber performer, Weber mini-feather, Weber Pig, Weber Ski, Plastic Fantastic swallowtail, Nomad Brewer inspired Mini-Gun, Nectar, Eaton single fin, Channin thruster, Ashton longboard x 2, and now a Channin Mini-Longboard. Coulda, woulda, shoulda kept them all. Oh well, maybe in the next lifetime.