Saturday, July 23, 2005 — opening at 11a.m., live auction begins at 5p.m.
Hawaii’s largest auction of surf memorabilia, Hawaiiana and surf collectibles. Proceeds to benefit the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association “Junior Guard Program”
Blaisdell Center, Pikake Room, Honolulu, Hawaii. Held in conjunction with the Hawaii All-Collectors Show 2005
VINTAGE SURF AUCTION UNCOVERS COLLECTIBLES FROM 1800s to PRESENT
Honolulu, (June 24, 2005) – With just one month remaining, the Quiksilveredition Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction is 90 per cent full with a treasure trove of collectibles that are ready to go under the hammer at the Blaisdell Center on Saturday, July 23rd. Only a few spots remain for last-minute entries.
Unlike the past two Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auctions of 2001 and 2003, the hottest item to emerge for this year’s event is not a surfboard, but rather an original, large-format painting from the 1940s that depicts a surfer on a wave at Waikiki. It is one of the eight “lost” images by Russell Dale Moffett (1899-1984) and stands four feet by six feet.
“There are so few painted images of surfers from this era and to come upon one of this size was a rare find”, noted event promoter, Randy Rarick.
This year’s collection of vintage surf items dates from the 1800’s, up to the 1980s. It includes surfboards and paddleboards from the various eras, artwork, posters and other items.
The oldest item up for auction is a series of wood block images that portray surfers from 1831 and is believed to be the first surf-riding image ever published.
The surfboard collection features wood boards from the ’30s & 40’s, balsa surfboards from the ’50s, classic “elephant guns from the ’60s, and progressive shortboards of the ’70s — including shapes from Ben Aipa, Dick Brewer, Rory Russell, and Gerry Lopez’s personal big wave gun that he rode in the movie Big Wednesday.
Surf art includes that of well-known artists Mike Doyle and John Severson as well as Big Islanders, Mike Field and Surf Photos Hawaii photographer, Tim McCullough.
Other special items include the original welcoming banners from the Makaha International Surfing Championships, then displayed at Waikiki and Makaha to welcome both competitors and the public. There’s also a Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau trophy autographed by 1986 winner Clyde Aikau, along with a full set of Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event posters and bumper stickers. Original movie posters from the release of Endless Summer have also been uncovered.
Altogether, an unbelievable collection of surfing history will be on display and up for auction at the one location.
Previews of pieces to be auctioned can be viewed at www.hawaiiansurfauction.com , with new pieces to be added on a weekly basis.