“California Gold” Vintage Surf Auction

Must-Attend Surf Culture Auction Takes Off with Online Catalogue!

A classic collection of 100 years worth of vintage surfboards and surf collectables: California Gold


John Severson’s “Golden State”

Extraordinary works of art, surfboards, and other sought-after collectibles that make the culture of surfing tick, go on the auction block this Saturday, May 11 at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

There will be a fast-paced live auction as well as an exciting silent one at this much-anticipated event. Here are a couple of pieces of note:

A Barry McGee and Joel Tudor collaboration board. In 2004 Thomas Campbell produced his second 16mm film “Sprout.” This board was created as a fundraiser for the film and was a collaboration between Thomas, Joel, Barry, and shaper Bill Shrosbree. Barry McGee is internationally acclaimed for his work as a street and graffiti artist and is a much-respected cult figure in the bi-coastal subculture that comprises skaters and surfers.

Barry McGee and Joel Tudor collaboration board

Exhibitions include the 2001 Venice Biennale; the 2006 “Beautiful Losers” at the Circleculture Gallery, Berlin, Germany; and the 2012 Barry McGee Retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Visionary publisher, surfer, artist, and filmmaker, John Severson has focused on subject matter that deals with surf culture since the 1950s. His watercolor Golden State is an evocation of the best days of surfing in California as we might remember them and the sunlight that infuses our experience on the water.

Everyone knows that Severson is a Hall-of-Fame surfer and founder of Surfer Magazine.

The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction “California Gold” takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Orange County Fair & Events Center. The event starts at 12 noon with the Auction Preview. The Silent Auction follows at 1 p.m., with the Live Auction kicking off at 5 p.m. For $10 you can get into the auction exhibition, live music, and reception areas, which will have no-host food trucks.

For $25 you can get a bidders paddle to participate in the auctions. Live bands include Tower 7, Mattson2, Tom Curren, and Ray Barbee.

The event will also feature collectible appraisals, book signings, and special guest appearances. For $150 you can bring your date and be admitted to the exclusive VIP area with complimentary food and drinks. VIP tickets must be purchased by Wednesday.

To reserve tickets Click Here

To view the silent and live auction Click Here

To view the online auction catalogue Click Here (PDF)

About Us

Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (formerly Surfing Heritage Foundation) preserves, presents, and promotes surf culture for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. For more information on Surfing Heritage & Culture Center please visit the website at: http://www.thevintagesurfauction.com/