Favorite 60’s

Jaimo

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Nov 19, 2006
371
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San Diego
Not a lot experience on 60s longboards, more experience on 70’s pintails growing up. That said, my worst one was a 65 Harbour. It just didn’t do what the rider wanted it to. I believe the fin was 80% of the problem . Lucked into this one (a clean 9’10 1966 G&S Frye) and it’s the total opposite: It really rides (in my opinion better than many modern shapes) like predictable, functional and stable stick. It turns, it nose rides, it’s fast. After seeing what that one sold for at auction (with multiple dings) a month or 2 ago (6000$????$) I’m wondering if I should still ride it still. I probably will as I didn’t pay even 15% of that auction price for it and I’d never look at a board as some type of investment because I’ve only ever spent discretionary money on them in the first place.
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DKNJ

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Mar 20, 2016
518
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Ocean, NJ
Not a lot experience on 60s longboards, more experience on 70’s pintails growing up. That said, my worst one was a 65 Harbour. It just didn’t do what the rider wanted it to. I believe the fin was 80% of the problem . Lucked into this one (a clean 9’10 1966 G&S Frye) and it’s the total opposite: It really rides (in my opinion better than many modern shapes) like predictable, functional and stable stick. It turns, it nose rides, it’s fast. After seeing what that one sold for at auction (with multiple dings) a month or 2 ago (6000$????$) I’m wondering if I should still ride it still. I probably will as I didn’t pay even 15% of that auction price for it and I’d never look at a board as some type of investment because I’ve only ever spent discretionary money on them in the first place. View attachment 31318

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Enjoy the ride. If it was meant to just sit, you might as well sell it.
 

Sax-son

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Nov 23, 2019
753
795
Three Rivers, CA
Not a lot experience on 60s longboards, more experience on 70’s pintails growing up. That said, my worst one was a 65 Harbour. It just didn’t do what the rider wanted it to. I believe the fin was 80% of the problem . Lucked into this one (a clean 9’10 1966 G&S Frye) and it’s the total opposite: It really rides (in my opinion better than many modern shapes) like predictable, functional and stable stick. It turns, it nose rides, it’s fast. After seeing what that one sold for at auction (with multiple dings) a month or 2 ago (6000$????$) I’m wondering if I should still ride it still. I probably will as I didn’t pay even 15% of that auction price for it and I’d never look at a board as some type of investment because I’ve only ever spent discretionary money on them in the first place. View attachment 31318

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When it comes to these super clean examples of surviving 60's longboards, my advice is always to not ride them. Now days I consider them artifacts and there are becoming rarer an rarer. I have only had a few that were that clean so I would ride them to see how they performed and if I liked them I would have them copied. A good shaper with a eye for detail would be able to determine what kind of blank would be necessary to capture the rocker and rail design.

I had a 9'6" G&S Skip Frye pintail in the late 1960's. By 1969 I was riding a V bottom transitional so I was putting no attention to the G&S. My roommate at the time was taking it out and on a big day ran it into the rocks of the jetty. He tore up the nose pretty bad, but longboards were starting to become passé so I didn't put much worry into it. He then got the brainstorm to cut the board down to about 6 feet. Although they did a pretty decent job doing it, the board was ruined in my opinion and I forgot about it altogether. Interestingly enough, he rode that board of over a year before buying a new one in 1970. I saw that old board sitting on the side of the house for a while and then it eventually disappeared to god knows where.
 
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Sax-son

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Nov 23, 2019
753
795
Three Rivers, CA
I usually only ride vintage boards. My go to’s are my 9’10 Greek Eliminator and 10’ Bing DN noserider
I have a ‘66 9’7(?) Jacob’s 422 on the way that I can’t wait to get wet. And a few others that rarely get in the water. Then a few new sticks that I only ride when I’m feeling like it. View attachment 29575 View attachment 29572 View attachment 29571
I have had several of the Bing Noseriders that were in similar condition and rode those a lot. I also had a 10'2" Jacobs 422 with a blue pigment color and black raking glass fin. That Jacobs weighed a bunch and was perhaps the heaviest board I ever owned. It was a cool concept though.
 

Nalu

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Jan 19, 2021
78
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Gualala, CA
Here are a few other of my 60's boards I really dig :) I just love the feel and weight of mid-60's logs. I have several funky boards from the late 60's, transition era, but don't ride them as much, i.e. Greg Noll (TB Custom, Fain's Formula), McTavish (radical V-bottom), Morey-Pope (Tracker), etc.

- 1967 Hansen Trestle (stock)
- 1967 Hobie (custom)
- 1962/3? Hobie (custom)
- 1965 Hobie (custom)
- 1964 Jacob (stock)
- 1965 Surfboards Makaha (competition)
- 1965 Noll (custom)
- 1967 Velzy (popout)
- 1966 Weber Performer (custom)

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Sax-son

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Nov 23, 2019
753
795
Three Rivers, CA
Here are a few other of my 60's boards I really dig :) I just love the feel and weight of mid-60's logs. I have several funky boards from the late 60's, transition era, but don't ride them as much, i.e. Greg Noll (TB Custom, Fain's Formula), McTavish (radical V-bottom), Morey-Pope (Tracker), etc.

- 1967 Hansen Trestle (stock)
- 1967 Hobie (custom)
- 1962/3? Hobie (custom)
- 1965 Hobie (custom)
- 1964 Jacob (stock)
- 1965 Surfboards Makaha (competition)
- 1965 Noll (custom)
- 1967 Velzy (popout)
- 1966 Weber Performer (custom)

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A very nice collection indeed! I remember that era of Velzy as a lot of my Junior High School buddies had those. I seem to remember those riding pretty good. The only problem with those is that they were glassed kinda weird and that they would delam and and turn brown easily. Yours is in damn good shape for it's age.
 

Sax-son

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Nov 23, 2019
753
795
Three Rivers, CA
These are the last two of my 1960's relics:

1. 1967 Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight
2. 1967 Roberts(Playa Del Ray) Performer copy. I had many more, but sold them all off over the years.
 

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