Hobie History :: The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction May 11th.

May 11th at The Orange County Fairgrounds

May 11th at The Orange County Fairgrounds

We know where we will be Saturday afternoon and evening… what about you? Even though I am eternally a “Girl on a Budget”, I have every intention of hitting the OC Fairgrounds and getting goggly eyed at all the incredible watercraft up for auction at The Surfing Heritage Foundation’s Vintage Surf Auction (all the details for the event are at the bottom of this post… keep reading!). A taste of every style of surfboard  your feet could desire from the 1920’s through 1970’s will be represented over 50-60 craft. The auction is called “California Gold”, so even if you aren’t necessarily in the market for a board, there will be memorabilia-O-plenty up for grabs too… think Original Endless Summer silk screened movie poster, and the beyond rare “The Surf Riders of Hawaii” by the Father of surf photography A.R. Gurrey Jr. Only six copies are known to still exist.


The Surf Riders of Hawaii

The Surf Riders of Hawaii

To make sure you all go home from this blog with deeper knowledge of the event, I tapped Hobie Surf Shop owner, Mark Christy, to give me a few thoughts. We at Hobie know Mark to be an avid Vintage Surf collector… all you have to do is look in the rafters in any of our shops to see some of his most beautiful acquisitions. He will be at the auction, and he will hopefully be adding a few treasures to our ceilings after the show is over! I dropped him a quick email asking if there are any boards in particular that he is looking forward to seeing, any quick thoughts on the auction as a whole, and any boards he HAS to go home with.

Mark’s answers… 

There are a few AMAZING boards in the mix.

I’m actually a bit stunned that Surfing Heritage is selling the Mickey Munoz/Flippy Hoffman “Ah Woo” board. It is iconic in terms of sheer size and pedigree as documented by a lengthy article in The Surfer’s Journal.

I love the Pete Peterson board and cannot wait to see what it fetches. And anything that Simmons built is capable of going through the roof due scarcity and his influence on board construction and shape.

A couple of foamies that are extremely rare and interesting are the Hobie Bi-Sect and the two Noll “Da Cat” models. These are stellar investment boards and sure look better on the wall than a stock certificate. Although I must say that personally, I prefer clean originals over perfectly restored boards. I like the fact that the patina can tell you a little story.

And I’d love to see the “Laguna Beach Redwood”. Man, if that board could talk… I don’t recall seeing any board ever from that era with that type of progressive shape. But if Dick says it is legit and original, I’ll take his word for it as he is the Oracle of knowledge when it comes to wooden boards.

As for anything I would have to go home with? Depends on what kind of beer they’re serving. And I would advise anyone attending to pay special attention to the silent auction boards. Silent auctions often represent the best “deal” but rarely do you see boards of this calibre not walking up onto the live stage. If you know what you’re doing, you could do VERY well by paying close attention to the “stars of the silent screen” including the Bing Figure 8, the Velzy “V” logo, the Hobie/Munoz Positive Force and the Joe Quigg’s. -Mark

So, now you have it, all the details for the night are below. Can’t wait to see you there!! The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction is being presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, and  will benefit the Surfing Heritage, a 501c non-profit dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage.



The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection – May 11, 2013


The theme is “California Gold” and the Surfing Heritage (SHACC) is focusing on just that, boards and memorabilia with a California flair from the ’20s through the ’70s. We’ve already coalesced a solid selection of “Gold’ from various sellers and are actively searching for more. We’re anticipating between 40 – 50 prime vintage surfboards for the live auction and at least 40 items including surfboards for the silent auction.

Randy Rarick, a member of the Surfing Heritage Auction Advisory Committee, and a great friend of the Surfing Heritage, has lent his auction expertise to the Surfing Heritage and will also serve as the emcee of this gala.

Event Info

* The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection
* Benefiting the Surfing Heritage 501(c) non profit
* OC Fair & Events Center 88 Fair View Dr. Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 (driving directions & parking info below)
* The venue is both indoors and outdoors, plan on air temps between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Dress accordingly.
* There will be an ATM on site.
* There will be select food trucks on-site

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)

      Noon – Live auction preview, SHACC silent auction preview, California Gold art wall silent auction preview, surfboard appraisals
      12:30 – Music by Tower 7
      1:00 – Silent auction opens
      1:00 – Book signings by Rusty Miller, Paul Holmes, Chris Burkart, Gerald Dersholan, Anna Trent Moore, Christian Beamish & others TBA
      2:00 – “Come Hell or High Water” Keith Malloy film screening
      3:00 – Music by Mattson2
      3:00 – VIP afternoon dinner & cocktail reception
      3:45 – Music by Tom Curren
      4:00 – SHACC silent auction begins closing in stages every 15 minutes
      4:00 – VIP hosted “free pour” Primo Beer and/or Longboard Vineyard wine
      4:45 – Welcome from SHACC member Mark Fragale


      7:00 – California Gold art wall silent auction begins closing
      8:00 – Music by Ray Barbee & Mattson2
      10:00 – Event over, doors close

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.



One thought on “Hobie History :: The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction May 11th.

  1. Most surf auctions have one or two real “Stars”, but there are so many incredible rarities and one-of-a-kind offerings in this collection that it is hard to pay due respect to each. Should be amazing!

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