Rare Boards (and an Even Rarer Book) Auction Raises $680k for Surfing Heritage Spot: Update
See the update at the end of page 2 on last weekend's Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction raising $680,000 and other event details.
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 9, 2 P.M.: The Surfing Heritage & Cultural Center in San Clemente is putting "some of the world's most rare and iconic surf memorabilia" up for auction on Saturday, with bidding allowed online or in person at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Officials expect some surfboards to fetch $10,000-plus, but the "crown jewel of the auction" is believed to be a copy of The Surf Riders of Hawaii, which author A.R. Gurrey Jr. made by hand between 1911-15 and is considered the first book to showcase surfing.
"Initially made to sell in his local art shop in the still desolate Waikiki beach in the early 1900s, A.R. Gurrey Jr. was one of the first photographers to capture the surfing phenomena, thereby opening the sport to world-wide attention," reads the center's description. "With only eight known books in existence, the one available at the live auction was the copy that was found by Gurrey's family in his personal belongings, and features images of some of the first modern surfers in Hawaii, including Duke Kahanamoku."
Other items that should draw healthy bids: