Honolulu, (July 25, 2005) – The third biennial Quiksilveredition Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction, held Saturday at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center, wound up being the most successful surf auction in history. The event attracted unprecedented crowds and more than 170 bidders who scooped up over 150 highly collectible vintage surf items, resulting in sales that exceeded $300,000. A portion of the total sales will be donated to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association ‘Junior Guard Program’.
Items dated from the 1800’s up to the 1980’s and, as anticipated, the highest-bid of $16,200 was successfully made for an original, large-format painting from the 1940s that depicted a surfer on a wave at Waikiki, by Russell Dale Moffett (1899-1984). This was the first time in the history of surf auctions that a piece of art has eclipsed actual surfboards.
The second-highest item was Gerry Lopez’s famed red surfboard from the movie ‘Big Wednesday’, that fetched $12,200. A number of wood boards from the 1930s sold for in excess of $10,000 apiece. Also in the surfboard department, a wooden Bunker Spreckles “fish” sold for over $10,000.
Other items of interest included a collection of outrigger canoe paddling trophies from the 1950s that collectively sold for $3,000; a Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau trophy signed by Clyde Aikau that went for $2,500; a framed set of Quiksilver Eddie Aikau bumper stickers that sold for $1,600, as well as a set of ‘Eddie’ posters that fetched $3,300.
In total, 97 per cent of the items registered for the auction sold – an extremely high success rate.
While event coordinator Randy Rarick was “blown away” by attendance and sales, he claims that the highlight of this year’s auction was the turnout of so many of surfing’s legendary pioneer shapers and surfers.
“Really, it all began Friday night with a private pre-auction function at Duke’s Restaurant in Waikiki, that was nothing short of magical,” said Rarick. “I’ve never seen so many of surfing’s real legends in the one place at the same time. And then to have them all come together again at Saturday’s auction was truly impressive.”
It was exactly that: the presence of such legendary surf icons as Greg Noll, Ben Aipa, Dick Brewer, Joe Quigg, Matt Kivlin, Tom Morey, Bing Copeland, Mike Doyle, Rusty Miller, John Severson, Jeff Crawford, Buffalo Keaulana, Ricky Grigg and Fred Hemmings, that revved up an already excited audience and fueled the bidding throughout the evening. For the pioneer board-makers among them, it was an opportunity to view some of their own creations for the first time in decades, this time, under the hammer.
The overall experience of this year’s auction left no doubt that surfing today holds a place all its own, coming full circle through several generations to now find itself with an established and coveted past, present and future.
A complete listing of auction items, images, and their sales prices can be found at: www.hawaiiansurfauction.com