Board Bazaar - February 2014

Stu Nettle
The Rearview Mirror

Welcome to the Board Bazaar. This is the first instalment of what will be a monthly column looking at the second hand board market. This ain't a classifieds section, just somewhere to pore over notable boards that have recently gone under the hammer. As always, commentary, photos, and the odd spot of abuse are highly encouraged - see the comments section below.

February was a slower month than normal on the market. A couple of big name sticks that'd ordinarily have the collectors baying got off to slow starts and failed to reach their potential. Some passed in without any bids. Seasonal? It's gotta be. A hangover from Christmas I'd guess. Something worth noting if you're looking to get a bargain, and also worth noting if you're looking to sell. Hold on till tax time, punters.

A few sellers hocked what appeared to be whole collections. One such collection came from the NSW Central Coast with a weighting toward late-70s/early-80s boards. None of them in mint condition but a few with historical significance. You'll see one of them in the list below. Let's get into it...

1_14.jpgStarting with a twinny from one of McTavish's quieter periods. In 1981 ol' Bob was more likely to be found windsurfing at Flat Rock than sitting top of the point at Lennox. Of course he always kept making surfboards, he shaped for San Juan, Sky, and under his own name (before he lost ownership of it). A classic of the era, from spray to planshape to radically toed in fins. Compare them to parallel keels on a traditional Steve Lis fish! It got 10 bids with the winner scooping it for $316.

 

8.jpgHere's one board from the aforementioned Central Coast collection: a classic Simon Anderson thruster replete with original Energy logo, panel spray, and '3' sticker. I'm estimating this board too have been made in 1981 or '82 as it sports the wider tail that Simon shaped into early thrusters, something believed was needed to handle the thruster fin cluster. Later boards had a marginally more refined tail. This one was a veritable steal at just $220.20.

 

2_7.jpg“This is breaking my heart...” reads the description to this classic late-70s/early-80s Byrne single fin. The owner gives a lovingly detailed description of dimensions and all the work she's had (hard to see but apparently there's some restoration in there). Clearly it's been cared for and the sale is reluctant. However, all's well that ends well and the board passed in without a bid. Call it a broken heart mended (unless the poor bastard now has to sell it for cheaper).

 

4_3.jpgRichard 'Herbie' Herbert was a Cronulla legend. Shaped for many local labels, rode Shark Island as deep as anyone, and fronted a few local bands. Fella lived a full life. At one stage one of his songs hit no. 1 in The Netherlands and he moved over there a while. This 5'6” Emerald, shaped by Herbie, is classic mid-80's material though I imagine it'd only be of interest to Cronulla surfers, or perhaps a music fan in The Netherlands. Note the three fin boxes, a precursor to FCS-style fin systems.

 

5_0.jpgHaven't seen too many Barry Kanaiaupuni surfboards in Australia. The 70s Sunset master now shapes a few longboards but this classic downrailer appears straight from his prime time 30-odd years ago. It's an odd entry on eBay: The person selling appears to know what it's worth (starting bid, $1000) yet there're no dimensions or history. Check it yourself.

 

 

7.jpgPart of the appeal in trawling the second hand market is finding overlooked gold. Except for a filthy wax job, this Aipa-style stinger is in excellent shape: the points on the deep swallow are intact; no major dings; original fin. The label is reportedly 'Velocity Surfboards' from Adelaide. A Google search comes up empty but who's to say what the history is. Worth the risk? One punter thought so. Put down $50 on it.

 

9.jpgHere's a classic of the era. Which era? Early to mid-70s Australia. This stringerless Keyo single fin has all the hallmarks: S-deck, rolled bottom, full planshape. Plus it's in exceptional condition. A straight up prize surfboard, and a bargain too. It sold for just $250. I recently saw a similar one go for $1000.

 

 

3_2.jpgSimilar in planshape, and probably vintage, as the BK shown above, this Hohensee would make a good wall hanger. The vivid red deck is in excellent condition, the underside not so much. Not sure who shaped it, a few notable foam mowers went through Laurie Hohensee's factory in it's 70s heyday, but regardless of the craftsman it's a great item. Opening bid was $295, passed in at $295. No bids. Crazy world...

 

10.jpgAnd now one from the US market. This 'Design 1' boards was shaped by the first Mr Pipeline, Butch Van Artsdalen, in '70-71. The board is 7'2" and appears in good nick. Bidding opened at $600 and after a week it hadn't receieved a single bid. It passed in and was immediately relisted, again at $600. More interesting is the board's backstory. Butch apparently shaped 10 boards in this batch but took great exception to the 'hippy insignia' sprayed on the bottom. He promptly burned them all yet his board survived. True story? Till next month...

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blindboy commented Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 at 9:09pm

I think the Keyo looks early seventies, maybe even 69. If there is no shapers name on it I reckon it would be a genuine Norm Fitzgerald.......he was the manager and if nobody else turned up he would shape a few himself. If it's a Jim Beardsley, it would have fetched a better price in Dee Why!

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kneepete commented Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 at 9:29pm

I'd probably carbon date the Keyo to around 1970 also. If I remember correctly the S decks coming out of Brookvale stopped around 1971/72, although Midget shaped a few a bit after that. They had a slightly different planeshape than that though.

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kneepete commented Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 at 9:45pm

This is good idea Stu, I hope you include all sorts of craft.

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 2:58pm

kneepete wrote: This is good idea Stu, I hope you include all sorts of craft.

For the love of legless I'll include some kneeboards, KP. In fact, a Klemm Bell slab almost made this month's shortlist.

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steen commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 4:58pm

where would we be without some legless love

steeno

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 5:28pm

We'd be living in a sad, sad world.

Good pick up Steeno.

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blindboy commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 6:58am

I thought about it a bit more, I think the Keyo is actually a "pop out". Shane started blowing blanks close to the final shape to create a line of cheaper products and Keyo tried to do the same. It didn't work so they bought the rights to produce Hobie Cats, moved to the central coast and stopped making boards. The give away is that it is stringerless.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 3:19pm

Ive got a nice Energy from the very early thruster era in pretty good nic, original fins, early very wide tail, classic checker board spray, the decal for the 3 fin thruster logo is stencil sprayed ive been told because they hadn't done up the proper tracing paper or whatever it is ones yet, although its not shaped by simon, shaped by scott beggs as apparently simon didn't shape many at that time as was on tour, pretty cool all the same knowing its from the first run of thrusters, got it hung on the wall.

Also got a few other early 80,s board with wild full board sprays, it can get addictive once you get the bug.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 3:29pm

Nice one ID. I just spoke to a fella that owns the second thruster ever shaped. How's that, eh? He reckons the Energy thruster shown above would be more from '82 or even '83. The first batches didn't have flyers and Simon only introduced them a year or two in. The one above also doesn't have an early version Energy logo which was a triangle with sun and flames.

On the topic of 80s sprays, in 1985 I had a classic Hot Buttered with a yellow deck and on the bottom 'Hot Buttered' written in huge, red, dripping pen. Great stuff for an impressionable grom. I buggered it up freeboarding behind a boat at Lake Conjola. Gave it stress marks that eventually leaked and turn the thing a lovely shade of brown.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 8:20pm

Yeah ok, mine has same pulled in tail, hips or flyers whatever there called, but has the classic triangle sun and flames decals.

Can we still post pics here?

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 8:40pm

Yeah, I think so. I see a different set of commands to you but Photobucket or Imgur provide html code that should let pics be shown.

Craig...you know?

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Craig commented Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 at 12:32pm

Yeah, just got to imgur.com

Upload the image and the copy the link URL it gives you and past it between these "Image Tags"..

[img]_____[/img]

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ol55 commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 3:32pm

Love Herbies' work on the emerald.....an old mate as they say.

but get your facts right on the McT as he sold his name in the seventies Stu.

IT Just didn't get called in until the 90's....mmmm.... shaping under a name he didn't own...

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm

Fuck, I'm not gonna get away with any bullshit facts in this column, am I?

Thanks for the heads up, 55.

 

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ol55 commented Monday, 3 Mar 2014 at 5:33pm

Mate ..when it comes to McT you will always have to check....that's how he got his nick name.......:)

Little Bobby Bullshit.

I did like the Herbie facts and especially the hit in the Netherlands as we used to surf and jam together way back..I was long gone from the Nulla by then...

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radiationrules commented Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 at 12:13pm

Hi Stu,
Coincidently I have just written an article on THE EMERGING MARKET IN HAND-CRAFTED SURFBOARDS. I'm told an edited version will be in The Australian tomorrow. I have some back-story I can send to you if you are interested - what's your email address - or email me via www.alljnd.com.

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Craig commented Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 at 12:50pm

Radiationrules, Stu's just away from his computer at the moment, but he's very interested. Send him an email at [email protected]

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mothart commented Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 at 10:28am

Hey, does anyone know much about the Hot Stuff Bugs model with the Warner Brothers decal?
How many got made before the pin got pulled?
Were they a production model, or just for Rabbit?
Did NPS shape some of them?
Got one in pretty good shape (surf it occasionally), 6'0", cool full deck spray, with WB decal on the deck & 'NP-3' written behind the fin.
Any info would be good.

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stunet commented Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 at 10:45am

Moth, if no-one gets on here to answer it maybe drop a line to Von Weirdos. He's from up QLD so might know. Or perhaps go straight to the source, Paul Hallas is on Facebook and could answer it.

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ppmurf commented Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 at 4:33pm

mothart - got a picture? Love to see it if you have one.

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udo commented Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 at 1:32pm

The Hot Stuff boards, were a few or all shaped by Gil Glover ?
Maybe only a few bugs always said Gil was the laziest hairdresser/shaper ever.
EDIT- google hot stuff surf history , bit of info there.

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udo commented Friday, 7 Mar 2014 at 1:15pm

Before the Pipedream label did Muzza Bourton shape some called Mars Bars or Mars Boards ?
boards with a super rolled deck early -mid seventies ?

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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 4:29pm

Great stuff Stu, please keep the board bazaar coming!

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sidthefish commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 5:23pm
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sidthefish commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 5:46pm

the WB were Rabs signature model for many years done by GG. Rabs always kept that logo, but originally it was Rab, H, and Gil taking advantage of Rab's awesomeness and omnipresence via hijacking the Warner Bros decal.Rab still had the same logo on AB channels.

The WB = Wayne Bartolemew, the Buggs Bunny = Rabbit, it was a perfect combo.

Boxy railed square tails . They actually worked very well. Flotation resistence surfboards.

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blindboy commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 6:22pm

My memory is that MR ripped the logo idea off him.

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sidthefish commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 6:55pm

MR could well have, but he sure as hell didn't steal the classic queensland laid-back style, that can only be learned by simply pointing the nose north, many times - without effort.

... just sittin' back enjoyin' the view.

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sidthefish commented Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 at 7:10pm

also...

NPS is most likely NEAL PURCHASE SHAPES, by Neal Purchase Jnr's old man, an absolute God Father of Gold Coast shaping.

(so this one prolly wasn't shaped by GG, but was shaped by NP. ) maybe.

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stunet commented Monday, 10 Mar 2014 at 2:34pm
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Jemmaellis commented Monday, 24 Nov 2014 at 7:10pm

We've found a board: Wayne Deane, twin fin, swallow tail, 8.4"x23.4 2nd 16 1/4"x12 1/2"x3 15/16" 19698.
Was wondering if anyone might know anything about it??

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stunet commented Monday, 24 Nov 2014 at 7:22pm

Wayne Deane is the father of current freesufing phenom Noa Deane. He and brother Robbie were contemporaries to Bugs, PT, MP et al, and he shaped under the Aragorn, Hot Buttered, and Full Force labels, plus his own label. It's kinda hard to asses the board without seeing photos but there's prestige in the shaper alone.

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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:27pm
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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:29pm
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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:30pm
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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:31pm
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udo commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:37pm

Hi Jemma, is the width 23 1/2 inches ?

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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:43pm

8.4"x23.4 2nd 16 1/4"x12 1/2"x3 15/16" 19698.
Those are all the measurements on it.

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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:43pm

8.4"x23.4 2nd 16 1/4"x12 1/2"x3 15/16" 19698.
Those are all the measurements on it.

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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:41pm
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Jemmaellis commented Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 at 5:42pm

8.4"x23.4 2nd 16 1/4"x12 1/2"x3 15/16" 19698.
Those are all the measurements on it.