In California, if you’re looking to acquire a vintage board shaped by the hands of a legendary local board builder, it’ll cost ya a pretty penny. Interested in an original Con Colburn-built Ugly from Con Surfboards? Want a transition-era G&S built by Skip Frye? Well, hopefully you got smart kids–they’ll need scholarships after you zero out their college funds to buy your wall-hanger.
The tradeoffs are much less perilous in the Sunshine State. Atlantic Beach resident Ryan Barber’s got a nice little collection of surfboards. And he has yet to raid his young daughter’s 529.
Barber certainly scored when he spotted this absurdly clean, winged-pin single-fin from Catri Surfboards, label of the famously swashbuckling Godfather of East Coast surfing, the late Dick Catri.
A little primer before we go any further:
Catri played a major role in steering surfing’s burgeoning popularity on the right coast, and his list of accomplishments is full of novel accolades. He was the first East Coaster to ride the Pipeline and Waimea. He appeared in Bruce Brown films. He opened one of the first surf shops in Florida and cultivated a team of East Coasters for Hobie Surfboards, which included Gary Proper, Mimi Munro, Mike Tabeling, and Jacksonville surfers Larry Miniard and Bruce Clelland. Catri more or less set the standard for surfboard shapers here, and helped kickstart the contest circuit on the EC, playing a kind of mentor role to Florida standouts the GOAT, Kelly Slater.
Back to Barber’s vintage find: At roughly 6’2”, the board is certainly post transition-era, likely late 70s or early 80s. Though he’s cagey with the deets, Barber tells us the former owner parted with it for $100. What?!
Does it go good*? Who cares! Thing is beautiful and certainly worth holding on to if only for the name on its deck.
*Barber says he’s ridden the board numerous times and it’s a fairly challenging ride.
This feature originally appeared under the headline “And Now… A Neat Surfboard” in Void Magazine’s winter 2020 issue. Got a neat surfboard? Send us a pic and deets at Ed@voidlive.com