Hobie began by building beautiful 9-foot balsawood icons for his friends. A couple of years and 40 tons of sawdust later, Hobie opened up Southern California’s first surf shop in Dana Point, California. Then in 1958 Hobie and his buddy Gordon “Grubby” Clark (as in Clark Foam) began experiments making surfboards out of foam and fiberglass. Hobie’s lineup virtually comprises the surfing hall of fame; Joey Cabell, Phil Edwards, Corky Carroll, Gary Propper, Peter Pan, Mickey Munoz, Joyce Hoffman and Yancy Spencer among many, many others. The shaping innovations and meticulous attention to detailed perfection are still Hobie trademarks and the Hobie Surf Team still strikes fear among their competitors.
– Words by www.Hobie.com
KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)
Length: 10′ 6″
1960s Hobie Elephant Gun 10′ 8″
Sexy, sleek and stunning are a few of the words that begin to describe this rare Hawaiian big wave spear. Built in the early 1960s, with the extreme pulled tail, this exceptional gun was designed to ride the biggest waves on Oahu’s North Shore.
The gorgeous mahogany Brewer style speed fin is complemented by the 1 1/2″ gun style stringer and matching redwood tail block. The concave tail is similar in design to the 1963 Surfboards Hawaii – Buzzy Trent model by Dick Brewer. Brewer did make a limited number of guns for Hobie and this elegant rhino chaser may very well have been made by him.
This museum quality showpiece is super tight with the finest possible total restoration done by the master Randy Rarick. Hawaiian big wave guns from this era are few. They have proven to be a solid investment as they continue to go up in value each year. On the rare occasion that one surfaces, they often sell in excess of $10,000.
This sleek and sexy Hawaiian big wave gun is prominently pictured in the full color hardcover coffee table book, Vintage Surfboards II, available later this year.
Length: 8′ 0″
Width: 20″ 7/8
Thickness: 2″ 1/4
This is an interesting piece. Purchased this from Hawaii’s North Shore. It was a total restore with some history behind it. It was a Hobie mini-gun from the late 1960’s. The tail was reshaped, tiger stripes added. Only if this board could talk, what kind of stories it must have. One could only imagine.
Width: 20″ 1/8
Thickness: 2″ 3/4
The Straight Arrow was a transitional late 60’s model. Transitioning from long to short. Clean lines, 50/50 rails, squash tail, interesting scoop nose. cool yellow tint overlap with resin pin line, old school box. I purchased the Straight Arrow thru Ebay – East Coast. Some tail damage occurred during shipping. All original with the exception of a polish. I think I have only seen one other Straight Arrow, and that was in bad shape. (o) 8/10.
Length: 6′ 4″
Width: 18″ 1/4
Thickness: 2″ 3/8
Mickey Munoz Positive Force Model with the classic lam on the tail deck side. Bitchen yellow tint deck with blue resin pin line with a interesting faded airbrush on the rail leading into the bottom side. All original, most likely shaped in the mid 70’s. Bought via Ebay. (o) 8.5/10.
Another great find out of the OC. Japanese Collection. Storage Wars! This is a beautiful early 70’s wing diamond tail Positive Force Micky Munoz Model. Black resin pin line. All original, extremely clean with an orange vibrant gleam to it. (o) 9.5