The Ultimate Guide to
Vintage Surfboards & Collectibles
The “open” edition is now available for purchase!
The “limited edition” copies sold out in pre-publication – read the reviews.
The only book of its kind, The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Surfboards & Collectibles is like an encyclopedia of surf collectibles, chock-full of antique & vintage surfboards and surfing memorabilia.
Within this massive 10″ x 12″ publication are 650 full-color pages with more than 2,200 photographs, every one with a descriptive caption that also includes dates and a range of value for each board or collectible pictured.
Beginning with the earliest known engravings of surfers from the 18th and 19th centuries, and surfboards that have survived since the late 1800s, the text and accompanying photographs will take you on a unique journey through the decades to the present.
More than 500 of the most sought-after vintage surfboards and hundreds more surfer figurines, paintings, drawings, trophies, posters, books, magazines, swimwear, ephemera & collectibles of every kind are pictured and captioned. This pictorial guide is not only interesting and fun, it’s a tremendous resource and invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the sport of kings – a colorful book with everything any expert or novice hunter or gatherer could hope for. Expect it to quickly pay for itself, and many times over.
- Solid Wood Planks 1776 –
- Hollow Boards 1926 –
- Mixed Wood Surfboards 1929 –
Without question, antique wood surfboards are among the most rare and valuable of all the surfing memorabilia. In each of the three sub-sections within this chapter you will browse through many examples of the different kinds of boards that were in use. All boards and memorabilia will always have detailed descriptions that also include dates and values. Most boards are accompanied by photos from the era that also include the same comprehensive information.
- Wood and Fiberglass 1940s –
- Foam and Fiberglass 1956 –
This group of surfboards bridged the eras of ancient to modern designs and the pre and post surfing boom. As the most available of the collectible boards, people have involved themselves with this assortment more than with any other. Pictured within the two sub-chapters is a very large selection of the most prized boards from the late 1940s through the late 60s. An added bonus is a chart showing the major Longboard Era makers and models from the 1960s, with valuations broken down into three ranges, based on condition ratings.
- V-Bottoms and Mini Guns 1967 –
- Bolts, Bonzers, Swallows, Stingers, Singles, Twins and Thrusters 1970 –
This chapter is broken down into two categories, the first beginning with the “shortboard revolution” that took place from 1967 to 1970. Of course, there are dozens of samples showing these boards that transitioned from long to short – with accompanying era-accurate photos and all with detailed information. Included is chart showing the major makers and models of these late 1960s transition boards with valuations broken down into three ranges based on condition ratings.
The next segment of the chapter opens at the end of the “revolution” and concludes with boards that are being ridden today that have potential as future collectibles. There are good number of the most prized boards represented with the same detailed photos and information found throughout the book.
Big Wave Guns
- The Hot Curl 1937 –
- Longboard Era 1950 –
- Shortboards 1967 –
As a group, big wave boards or guns are perhaps the most rare and valued of the vintage surfboards. For reasons that will be obvious, this exciting chapter is broken down into three categories and features many originals that have survived the years, from the earliest wooden fin-less big wave boards to guns that are more easily found today and are sure to be future collectibles.
Australian Surfboards 1900 –
Australia has a deep and rich surfing culture that has played an important role in the development of the modern surfboard.
Included are large sampling of boards that complement the wonderful story of these boards as told by Australian surf historian Bob Smith.
United Kingdom Surfboards 1930 –
The first Westerners to offer written accounts and drawings of surfing came from England. Some of the oldest boards in existence are still there. British surfing champion and author / historian Roger Mansfield offers a fun overview of the evolution of surfboards in his home country, with examples of the boards used through the years.
Bellyboards and Kneeboards 1769 –
The first descriptions and images of surfing were of men and women riding prone on small pieces of wood. The small boards used to belly or kneeboard kind of stand alone in the surfboard world. Vintage specimens are not nearly as available as their larger cousins and have been somewhat overlooked and often undervalued. While some have sold in excess of $20,000, for the most part they have flown well under the radar and offer excellent opportunities. A very healthy helping of these rather undetected collectible boards are listed and pictured – beginning in the 1800s, through the 1970s.
Surf Art 1778 –
From the earliest etchings and engravings of surfing in the eighteenth century, this chapter includes paintings and drawings through all of the eras.
And as is the theme throughout, details include information on the artists, dates and values.
Surfing Collectibles 1900 –
Here is a substantial offering of all types of memorabilia spanning the decades from 1900 through the 70s, including statuettes, figurines, trophies, mini surfboards, surf wear, advertising products, patches, decals, albums and more. The nearly 200 photos and details of assorted surfing memorabilia is a terrific guide to what treasures can still be found.
- Surfing Illustrations 1913 –
- Surf Movies 1953 –
The first half of this chapter presents scores of posters that featured surfing from the turn-of-the-century through the “Golden Era” of surfing in the 1960s.
In the second half is a complete list of all the surf movies with photos of every known movie poster from the 1950s and 60s, plus more from the 1970s and beyond.
- Surf Covers 1911 –
- Surfing Magazines 1954 –
Divided into two parts, pictured in the first segment of the chapter are the magazines that used surfer / surfing cover art in the early 1900s to draw attention to their publications – many have become very collectible for the covers alone.
Part two includes a list of all of the surfing magazines with values. From the first publication in 1954, through to the present, included are photos of nearly every premier issue ever published.
Books 1874 –
Beginning with books from the 1800s with surfing covers, this chapter includes the most rare books on surfing like A. R. Gurrey Jr’s The Surf Riders of Hawaii, Doc Ball’s California Surfriders and two versions of Tom Blake’s Hawaiian Surfboard. All of the most collectible books are cataloged with photos, descriptions and values for each.
Repair, Refurbish & Restore
Knowing when a surfboard is worth repairing and what degree of restoration it might be worthy of can save a lot of heartache and money.
Grading and Valuation
This chapter clearly explains how to grade surfboards and all other manner of collectibles and how to make accurate valuations.
Caring For Collectibles
It’s very important to properly preserve your cherished investments. This chapter outlines the best ways to care for your valuables, whether they be surfboards or other memorabilia made from metal, wood, ceramics or paper.
Packing and Shipping
This is a “how to” guide with detailed photos of different options available that can save lots of time and help insure safe transport of your treasures.
Auction Results 1997 through 2013
The book concludes with actual results compiled from all the major surfboard auctions for the past sixteen years, from June of 1997 through April of 2013.
There are roughly 1,000 surfboards listed – descriptions include maker, model, date built, size, provenance (if any), restoration (if any), condition, date sold and price.
Included are 350+ photos of auction boards (these are in addition to the more than 500 surfboards pictured throughout the rest of the book).
This chapter alone makes the book a very valuable tool and must for any surf library.
Contributions came from collectors, authors, historians and professional photographers from across the U.S, Hawaii, Australia, Europe, South America and Japan.