Vintage Surf Auction Boasts Largest Collection Ever

The Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction, boasting the largest and most comprehensive collection of vintage surfboards and surf memorabilia ever to be assembled in the one place, will be the center of international attention Saturday, July 21, in the Galleria of the Blaisdell Center.

With less than one month remaining before all items go under the hammer, the response from the public and collectors alike has been overwhelming. A storehouse of collectible surf treasures has been unearthed. While the auction will feature classic surf art, books, magazines, Hawaiiana and collectible clothing, the rare and valuable assortment of surfboards will undoubtedly be the main attraction.

“Depending upon who you are and your knowledge of the history of surfing, some of the surfboards we have uncovered might well be considered priceless,” said Auction coordinator and surfing aficionado Randy Rarick.

Among those up for bid, turn of the century and early wood surfboards, Duke Kahanamoku’s last surfboard, a fantastic assortment of big-wave “guns” from the 1960’s, psychedelic ’70’s shortboards, and surfboards of the stars.

If surfboards aren’t your fancy, then you might be interested in making a bid on a bathing costume, circa 1930, from the Moana Hotel, a jacket and shorts set from the Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic, or surf team shirts from the à'Å'601s. Or perhaps the diverse surf-art collection that includes a few never-before-seen items to be unveiled at the auction. These new works are by world famous surf artists John Severson and former world champion turned artist Lynne Boyer, produced especially for this event.

“We’ve actually got too much good stuff,” says Rarick, but we will definitely be putting at least the best of it out there. While there will be plenty of fun, totally affordable authentic items available, some of the more unique and classic pieces will definitely be for the high-end, hardcore collectors. The most serious surf collectors in the world have confirmed that they’ll be here and there’s no doubt in my mind that some of these articles will break new records.”

While that might put some bidders on the sidelines, its great news for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association Junior Guard Program, who will be the beneficiaries of monies raised during this Auction.

The Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction will be held in conjunction with the Hawaii All-Collectors Show 2001, at the Blaisdell Center. In addition to the main auction, a silent auction will feature items such as decals, surf movie posters, magazines and other eclectic surf memorabilia and Hawaiiana at popular prices.

Auction previews will be held Friday, July 20, from 4pm to 9pm, and Saturday, July 21, from 11am to 4pm, in the Galleria at the Blaisdell Center. The silent auction will take place between 4pm and 6:30pm, Saturday, July 21st and the main auction will occur in the Pikake Room, from 7pm to 10pm. Admission is free to view the collection, however bidders will be required to purchase a bidding number.

On-line bidding will also be available in advance for silent auction items (starting July 5) and for main auction items on the day of the event. To pre-register for a bidding number, for a glimpse at auction items, or for more information go to:

For more information:
Auction Coordinator
Tel: (808) 638-7266

Media Coordinator,
Tel: (808) 638-7700