100 Years, $1 Million of Vintage Surf Collectibles Go Under The Hammer In Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction

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Above: Randy Rarick with a selection of vintage boards on offer this year. Photo: Chris McDonough

BY JODI WILMOTT – HONOLULU, HAWAII — One hundred years of vintage surf collectibles with an estimated $1million value will be on offer at the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction, July 22 & 23 at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.

Randy Rarick’s lifetime of connections and an unbridled passion for all things surf have made this auction an international success story. This year’s auction – his sixth – will draw hundreds of serious surf collectors from around the world, each vying for a piece of history that includes surfboards, paddleboards, clothing, art, and memorabilia.

The first five auctions collectively saw more than $2.6million worth of privately owned pieces sold and Rarick is quietly confident that the 6th will be his best yet. Pre-auction estimates have this year’s offering of 110 items pegged at approximately $1million. Seventy items will feature in the Main Auction, to be held Saturday, July 23 from 4-7pm, and 40 will be part of the Silent Auction that will take place on the same day between 12 noon and 4pm.


1. California “Speed Special” Pat Curren model surfboard. What makes this special is it’s from actor Steve McQueen’s personal Santa Paula aircraft hanger, found among his motorcycles and movie props. This 9’8″ surfboard is in like-new condition. Estimate: $15,000-25,000.

2. The “Holy Grail” of big wave elephant guns – a Pat Curren/Yater model, the most exclusive ever made. 11 feet and #2 of only 11 made, from 1963. Only six of these are known to exist. Pat Curren was a pioneer big wave rider and surfboard manufacturer from California. Estimate: $20,000-30,000.

3. A 1930 sweatshirt with a hand-drawn scene of Waikiki and 30 signatures from all of the Kahanamoku Brothers, including Duke, and famous beachboys of the time. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

“As an example, just this month, in auctions on the US Mainland, a picture of Duke with his signature went for $1,200 and a collection of seven mounted photographs of Waikiki surfers, from 1914, fetched $37,500,” says Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction curator Randy Rarick. “People are paying big bucks for items like these today.”

Watch the Auction Live in Hawaii:

Oceanic Time Warner Cable SURF Channel 250 & 1250 HD or www.hawaiiansurfauction.com

The live HD broadcast of the auction on Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s SURF Channel  250 & 1250, will start at 3pm Saturday, July 23.

A portion of all auction sales from the auction will go to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Scholarship Fund, and to the Surfing Heritage Foundation. For those unable to attend in person, the auction will be broadcast live on the internet with internet bidding in real time.





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