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2008 Press Releases

May 2008
US Vintage Surf Auction A Major Success:
The first of its kind online vintage surfboard auction set new records and astonished collectors worldwide.
More than 570 registered bidders from around the globe made this the biggest Vintage Surf Auction ever.
With some of the most rare surfboards and surf collectibles to ever see an auction, little wonder that sales approached $600,000.
Besides the record number of bidders, records were also set in both wood and foam surfboards as well as many other of the vintage surf collectibles.  A mint wooden Tom Blake 'Hawaiian Surfboard' sold in excess of $32,000.  While a 60s foam Greg Noll- Micky Dora 'Da Cat' shattered all previous sales with a final selling price of $19,000.
Auction promoter, Jim Winniman believes that the record breaking turnout and prices are attributed to the fact that "Bidders are able to 'attend' from their home.  And because they save time as well as thousands of dollars on travel expense, they can justify spending more on their investments."

"I suspected there was a demand for an online Vintage Surf Auction but was floored at how big it turned out.  I never expected to break records on the first go. Now buyers are super eager for the next auction and sellers are already bringing us some phenomenal pieces for consignment"
Auction results can be viewed at:

January 2008

US Vintage Surf Auction (USVSA) is the first auction of its kind and promises to offer some of the most rare finds ever offered anywhere.

With the high demand for quality vintage surf collectibles it is becoming increasingly difficult for collectors to find investment quality pieces.

The fact that travel is becoming ever more time consuming and costly make this a perfect time for an all surf related auction site. Buyers will save both time and money by bidding from the comfort of their own home.

Our experience and diligence pays off for our buyers

USVSA is uniquely positioned to lead the way into the future of online bidding. The USVSA team has been dealing in vintage surfing related items for more than ten years and has thousands of satisfied customers worldwide. Because USVSA has facilities and resources on the East coast, West coast and Hawaii, they will be able to scour the entire country for the rare, unusual and hard to find. Many of those rare finds might never make their way to the market place if not for the experience and efforts of US Vintage Surf Auction.

Innovative ideas make for a more pleasant buying experience

There are a number of innovative ideas that will give an advantage to both buyers and sellers in the USVSA auction system. For example, unlike other mass auction sites, USVSA will have an Auto Auction Extension. This is a feature whereby the auction will be automatically extended in the event a bid is placed near the end of the auction. This idea was developed because so many bidders try to 'snipe' an auction in the last few seconds. A last second snipe precludes any other bidder from being able to place another bid as the time will have already expired by the time another bid can be placed. This practice can effect both the buyers and sellers adversely.

USVSA is offering two auctions in one place:

  • The Live Auction is just like bidding at most live auction or eBay type auction site.
  • At the Sealed Bid Auction all bids are opened at the same time, best offer wins.

Rare antique surfboards

Among some of the amazing finds that have already surfaced for this auction is a 1930's multi-laminated wood 11' Hawaiian Makaha 'Hotcurl', probably most rare of any post contact surfboard. The Hotcurl was the first board ever designed for the big waves that were only found and surfed in Hawaii.

Some of the other vintage surfboards include:

  • Turn-of-the-century Hawaiian Alai'a
  • Early 1900 plank
  • 1920's redwood plank
  • Several 1930's Tom Blake models
  • 1940's Bob Simmons balsa Spoon
  • 1950s balsa boards by Quigg, Hobie, Velzy and Noll
  • Some beautiful mid 1960's model boards by Bing, Weber, Noll, Gordon & Smith and Greek
  • Hawaiian guns by Surfboards Hawaii, Hobie, Interisland & others
  • Floral & paisley boards from the 60's
  • 1970's surfboards will include Lightning Bolt, Mark Richards, classic '70's guns and airbrushed art boards.

Surf art and surfing collectibles

In addition to surfboards:

  • Surf related art dating from the mid 1700's through 1950's
  • Beautiful 1920's metal and koa surfer statue
  • 30's surfing ceramics
  • Surf trophies from the 1950's through 1970's including 2 Duke Kahanamoku trophies
  • A very rare early 1900's outrigger paddle
  • Scarce books by Doc Ball and Tom Blake and others
  • Vintage surf clothing
  • Ephemera and more.

Inquiries and consignments

For inquiries or to have your collectible considered for consignment, USVSA can be reached through the web site USVintageSurfAuction.com or USVSA.com or by calling toll free (877) 969-7171. If you are in Hawaii call (808) 969-7171.

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