Friday, July 17, 2009

2009 Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction

Event producer Randy Rarick has done it again! This year's auction is already shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.  As has become the tradition, veteran surfboard designers, shapers and manufactures will be in attendance, including Matt Kivlin, Joe Quigg, Greg Noll, Dick Brewer, Ben Aipa, Bing Copeland, and Ole Olson, amongst a host of others.

Surf stars of the '60s the likes of Jock Sutherland, Fred Hemmings, Ricky Grigg, Joey Cabell, Buffalo Keaulana and many others will also be on hand. They will be joined by short board pioneers of the '70s & '80s: Pipeline Masters Gerry Lopez, Rory Russell and Jeff Crawford; as well as world champions Mark Richards, Peter Townend, Shaun Tomson, and Tom Carroll, all of whom will have personalized surfboards from the various eras. They will be joined by revered Hawaii surfers Larry Bertlemann, Barry Kanaiaupuni and Bobby Owens.

Never-before-seen surfboards have been unearthed, including an ancient 1850 breadfruit board, turn-of-the-century redwood planks, hollow paddle boards, design-changing early wood/fiberglass prototypes, big wave "guns" of the '60s, and pro boards of the '70s and '80s.

Along with the treasure trove of surfboards will be an eclectic selection of Hawaiian-theme artwork, surf contest items, unique island-influenced surf memorabilia, some of the first images of surfing ever depicted in print from Missonary times, off-beat surf advertising from early media, and other rare finds.

The ever-popular "Antiques Road Show"-style appraisals will be back again for those curious to find out the value of personal surf collectibles.

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