Hawaiian Surfboards Bring Over $650,000

Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27 (DHN) – Fans of Hawaiian surfboards flocked to the Neal Blaisdell Center this past weekend to view and bid on valuable surf memorabilia. The 6thbiennial Hawaiian Island Vintage Surf Auction set a new record with $650,000 in memorabilia and surfboards being auctioned off before a capacity crowd.
Presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, surf auction curator Randy Rarick said the main auction (which featured 70 items) fetched record numbers this year. Rarick, who is also the contest director for the famous Triple Crown of Surfing contests on the North Shore of Oahu, has been responsible for total sales of all six auctions totaling $3.2 million. The big ticket surfboards at the auction were a 9’0″ 1920 John Kelly redwood plank that sold for $41,000, a Gerry Lopez shaped Lightning Bolt board featured in the Hollywood film “Big Wednesday” for $30,000, a Pat Curren/Yater ‘big-wave gun’ from 1963 for $24,000, and a Greg Noll ‘Da Cat’ model noserider from 1963 for $20,000. A portion of all the sales were donated to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation and also the Surfing Heritage Foundation.

A Brief History of Hawaiian surfing

Surfing was invented by the ancient Hawaiians. Known as the Sport of Kings, the royalty of Hawaii as well as the commoner used to enjoy surfing whenever the waves were good. The first written account of surfing comes from First Lieutenant James King of the HMS Discovery. Captain James Cook had just been killed at Kealakekua Bay, but King felt compelled to record a glowing account of the dexterity of the Native Hawaiians in the surf. Of course, the arrival of the missionaries in the 19th century precipitated a slow decline of surfing throughout the islands. However, the sport was revived in the early 20th century by George Freeth and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku. Today, the sport of surfing is enjoyed by millions around the world. All content, unless otherwise noted, is created by and for Discover Hawaii News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discover Hawaii Tours. © 2011

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