Bahne



Bill Bahne Surfboards

A jack-of-all-trades if ever there was one, Encinitas-based Bill Bahne has had an influential hand in just about every Action Sports movement in the past 40 years. Getting his start in shaping in the ’50s before foam and fiberglass had entered the picture; by the early ’60s Bahne Surfboards was a thriving business.

As the popularity of surfing grew, Bill identified the need for a removable fin system, prompting him to start Fins Unlimited in 1964. Both the surfboard and fin business treated him well, but hardly one to rest on his laurels, by the start of the ’70s Bill teamed up with friend Mike Doyle and the two introduced the snow world to an early incarnate of the snowboard called the “monoski.” It was also about this time that Bill and his brother Bob started up Bahne Skateboards, which quickly became the ride of choice for the quickly growing skate scene. – taken from “The Art of Shaping”

O- Original, R- Repaired, RF- Refurbished, Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)


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Board Dimensions  Length: 6′ 8″  Width: 18″ 7/8  Thickness: 2″ 7/8 This is the cleanest Chambered  1970’s Balsa Gun Bahne.  Light as a feather. Beautiful Balsa lines.  All original. I don’t know much about Bahne, so please  for those out there who know, please inform me.  Acquired this from Pintail Mike (o) 9.5/10


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Board Dimensions 

Length: 5′ 10″ 

Width: 21″ 

Thickness: 2″ 3/4

Purchased this Old Twinnie experimental 70’s Bahne from Steve Collins .  Since then I resold it to make room.  Kind of regret selling it as for the time it was a significant point of transitional interest into fin / tail design and into skate moves in the water. As a kid I remember seeing these boards thinking, what the f—-!  Ugly, looking non-functional and stayed away from experimenting  with these.  I wish I would of test rode the Bahne back in the day.  Who knows what I truly want of thought.  All original (o) 6.5/10 



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  • balzano

    My first board was a Bahne… but I’m only 33. Bought it on some cheapo close out used in the early 90s. It was a thick single fin gun, but I grew up surfing Rhode Island! However it was HUGE and floated my 120lb self like a longboard. I was young and bought it because I could afford it. Gave it away to a friend of the family. Like all vintage boards—WISH I STILL HAD IT!

  • Steven Scarano

    my first short board was a black and yellow 7ft 6in bahne surfboard i loved that board dont know why but i sold it every time im in a surf shop i check the used boards to see if i can find it

  • Oxider one

    I just purchased a bahne longboard from the late 60s I believe. 10 footer. Great shape for its age.. Real solid. Nice tapered stringer work.

  • Timo Ferrantino

    I have a bill bahne 10’3 balsa redwood tban ,#292b,shaped at bobby challengers in the early 60s for a comp rider craig black,awesome board,good cond.looking for buyer.

  • Timo Ferrantino

    check my facebook timo ferrantino

  • Grand National

    I came in to possession of a Bahne surfboard in the late-’70s/early-’80s
    and was hoping you could possible provide more information about it
    (dates, features, etc.).

    It is almost 2 feet wide in the middle and over 10 feet long. It has a removable fin.

    From the PDFs online, it would appear it was made in 1968 or 1969 by the fact that
    the insignia includes “la jolla”, but that is about all I can gather.

    I can provide a compilation photo.

    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.



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