California Gold – A Vintage Surf Auction

This Saturday, September 26th the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction will be held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex. There are some pretty epic boards of historical significance that are part of the event. Here is but a small preview – all five of these boards will be on display at Surfing Cowboys in Mar Vista for anyone to view this week before the show on Saturday. If you are in the area I would highly recommend checking them out in person, you will rarely get an opportunity to hold a surf legend’s prize board. It’s pretty amazing to see an original Dick Brewer gun in person knowing that it was one of the first boards to tame the massive waves of the North Shore. Or to slide your hands down the rails of Tom Curren’s favorite board from his comeback season on tour which was immortalized in that infamous cutback photo by Tom Servais. Here’s a little more history behind the boards:

This Saturday, September 26th the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction will be held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex. There are some pretty epic boards of historical significance that are part of the event. Here is but a small preview – all five of these boards will be on display at Surfing Cowboys in Mar Vista for anyone to view this week before the show on Saturday. If you are in the area I would highly recommend checking them out in person, you will rarely get an opportunity to hold a surf legend’s prize board. It’s pretty amazing to see an original Dick Brewer gun in person knowing that it was one of the first boards to tame the massive waves of the North Shore. Or to slide your hands down the rails of Tom Curren’s favorite board from his comeback season on tour which was immortalized in that infamous cutback photo by Tom Servais. Here’s a little more history behind the boards:

SURFBOARDS HAWAII 1962 DICK BREWER ELEPHANT GUN 10’7” (10r)

Back in 1962 the acquiring of a North Shore big wave board was a serious enterprise, as barriers were still being established as to what sort of surf was actually survivable and what waves weren’t. The gold standard of the time was a Dick Brewer gun and the master shaper did some of his best work under the Surfboards Hawaii label. Here’s an excellent example of the type of board that tamed the world’s most fearsome surf breaks, right down to the red “I can spot it getting sucked out in the Kammieland rip” color job and the heavy duty double redwood stringers. Brewers of this vintage are rare and getting rarer, vestiges of a distant yet still highly influential era. Big wave pioneers of the day, the very early ‘60s, surfed Surfboard Hawaii guns by Dick Brewer yet few remain as they were used so much in the early days of Hawaiian big wave surfing.

JOHNNY GALE’S RAINBOW SURFBOARDS HALEAKALA MINI GUN 1970 8’6” (9rgp)

Designed and shaped by Mike Hynson to be ridden at Maalaea, this Rainbow Bridge era mini-gun was Johnny Gale’s personal rider. Gale, founder of Eternal Brotherhood of Love and Mike Hynson’s business partner in Rainbow Surfboards, had a deep history that originates in Laguna Beach, from drug smuggling, to prison breaks, to evading the FBI, to psychedelic surfing. John Bredin’s artwork depicting the “Lightning Bolt” art, inspired by Mexican cannabis taken to Maui, the buds looked like “lighting bolts” and were the name of that strain of weed– this was the inspiration for the name of Lightning Bolt Surfboards. The board has the nose weight slot, full down rails, pinline work by “Peter Pinline” St. Pierre, as well as his ink work: Om, Tao, Om, Tao, full circle, on the bottom lap line. Original Hynson ‘Dolfin” fin. This is Brotherhood of Eternal Love “Orange Sunshine” to the max! Photos of Jimi Hendrix by Mike McCurdy, who was given this board from Johnny Gale during the filming of “Rainbow Bridge”. This gorgeous Hynson Rainbow has been on Maui for 40 years – it has the incredible detailed artwork, pinlines, Hynson downrails, this board shines – very rare indeed– a gorgeous representation of a unique era. Pedigree, Provenance, Pristine. A star of the show.

T&C TWIN FIN MARTIN POTTER “THE SAINT” MODEL 1985 GLENN PANG (10)o

This 5’9” twin fin is a faithful representation of the board that was ridden by World Champ Martin Potter. Potter, 15 in 1981, was completely unknown outside his native beaches of Durban, South Africa. That changed in a blaze of spray, when over a single season Potter won the NSSA International Team Challenge (beating future world champ Tom Curren in the final), took down Bay of Plenty legend Shaun Tomson in the final of a local pro event, then went on to blitz his way to consecutive second-place finishes in the Gunston and Mainstay world tour events. On tour and riding his 5’6” “The Saint” model twin fin, Potter maneuvered at speeds that made his fellow competitors, many of them still riding single-fins, appear to be dragging anchors. Shaped by Town and Country’s Glenn Pang in 1985, and personally signed by Martin Potter, this perfectly captures the essence of that historic summer —when Potter was the hottest grom on earth.

TOM CURREN’S MAURICE COLE REVERSE-VEE 1990 7’8”(8.5o)

This surfboard is iconic times two. Shaped by Australia’s Maurice Cole (a story in his own right) during two-time world champion Tom Curren’s epic comeback season. The 7’8” “reverse-vee’ pintail is the actual board that Curren rode on his way to victory at the 1991 Wyland Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. This alone makes this board a classic collectible. But when you consider that it’s also the board that Curren was riding when master surf photographer Tom Servais caught the Californian style master cutting back into what has been called the greatest surf photo ever taken…well, how do you spell ‘priceless’?

HOBIE BALSA MICKEY MUNOZ – EARLY ‘50s SIGNED BY HOBIE ALTER – DISPLAYED IN 1991 ALPHA ROMEO AD (10r)

This balsa wood surfboard was shaped by Mickey Munoz at the Hobie factory and, much later in life, this surfboard was used in a 1991 magazine ad for the Italian car brand Alpha Romeo. It is made from 3” balsa strips, has a wide tail, and a glassed on wood fin. The 1991 Alpha car ad appeared in 14 different magazines in mid-year, start of summer. The May 1991 issue of L.A. STYLE magazine, an over-size publication, is included showing this board in the full-page advertisement. Excellent condition.

About the event

WHAT:
California Gold Vintage Surf Auction presented by Griff’s Grooming & Barbering, benefiting the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

WHERE:
Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230

WHEN:
September 26, 2015
Doors open at noon
Silent Auction 12-3:30 pm
Live Auction 4-7 pm

For more details and ticket info check out the site:

California Gold

Matt Titone

A goofy-footed graphic designer who hails from the first state, Delaware. After attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL then graduating from SCAD in Savannah, GA with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration, Matt moved to NYC and found work as a freelance designer and art director. In 2006 he moved west to Venice, CA where he co-founded ITAL/C Studio, constantly seeks left hand point breaks, and tries very hard to avoid crowds & traffic.

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