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:

"In 1929, the surfing son of a co-founder of Pacific Systems Homes convinced the company that built prefabricated homes to build and market surfboards creating the first surfboard manufacturer. Meyers Butte custom ordered this board for his son Wilson in the 1930s and it became a family heirloom that was customized throughout the generations. This custom construction, with only redwood as stringers and no redwood to protect the rails, results in a unique board owned by the family that caused it all to happen. Pre-auction estimate: $8,500-$20,000."

"Known best for his 1950s balsa wood big wave guns, the enigmatic Pat Curren didn't shape many boards out of polyurethane foam and fiberglass but almost every one he produced was a work of art. This early 1960s semi-gun is no exception. In excellent condition it features the classic Curren lines, built for no-nonsense performance in serious surf. Pre-auction estimate: $7,000-$15,000."

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