Fever Pitch Builds for Saturday's Vintage Surf Auction

HONOLULU (July 15, 2009) – The highly anticipated Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction, presented by Quiksilver Wateman Collection, takes center stage at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu this Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18. The first strike of the hammer will occur at 5pm Saturday, as over 100 coveted surf collectibles worth more than $500,000 meet proud new owners.

Excitement is revving up as a record number of international collectors and film crews arrive into Honolulu, eager to get up close and personal with the best vintage surf collection ever offered.

The main auction catalog is now online for the world to see and advance bidding has begun!

“We have had the most incredible response both in pre-registration and advance on-line bidding,” said auction curator Randy Rarick.

The “Star of the Show”: a Bob Simmons “Foam Sandwich” board, owned by James Arness of ‘Gunsmoke’ fame. This item has created a buzz in Hollywood circles with film crews flying in from Los Angeles to cover the sale – estimated to sell for $25,000-$35,000. Media units from Australia, France and Rio de Janeiro will also attend.

“Legend” attendees include these 60’s surfing icons: Greg Noll, Bing Copeland, Danny Mack, Buffalo Keaulana, Henry Preece, Kimo Hollinger, Fred Hemmings, Jock Sutherland and Ricky Grigg among others. World surfing champions to attend include the very first pro champion Peter Townend, as well as four-time world champ Mark Richards and three time champ Tom Carroll. Designers such as Dick Brewer, Joe Quigg, Matt Kivlin, Bob “Ole” Olson, Steve Walden, Bill Barnfield, Chuck Andrus, Pat Rawson, Bob “The Greek” Bolan and Mike Casey will be in attendance.

Silent auction items with low opening bids are now posted on the website, making an affordable offering for “fun” collectors. Those who are posting absentee proxy bids will be able to bid on these online until 4pm Hawaii time tomorrow. After that, you will need to bid in person on the auction floor.

The live webcast of the auction, produced by Sufing Live and iTV360, will open a portal to the serious and the curious who cannot physically attend but want to witness the event.

Everything from a 1909 redwood slab unearthed in Manoa, to ’20s planks from Waikiki, to Blake hollow paddleboards of the ’30s , to WWII era wood, ’50s Balsa boards, ’60s big wave ‘guns’, ’70s shortboards, and even flash ’80s models will be available; not to mention vintage posters, magazine collections, pro event trophies, Duke Kahanamoku’s Family album and ecletic surf art. There is literally something for everyone.

For those wondering what their potential collectables are worth, the “Antiques Road Show”-type apprasials will be held on Friday, July 17th, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00pm. A record number of people are expected to turn out for the free apprasials and the chance to have their item included in the auction.

Advance bids are now being accepted online. For those unable to attend and bid in person, online bidding will also be offered. You MUST register in order to bid. Registration is now open. Full details are posted at www.hawaiiansurfauction.com . The complete auction catalog can also be downloaded from the same site.

Auction Details:
Viewing is free and open to the public. If you are interested in bidding for items you must register in advance as a bidder. Pre-registration is filling up fast, so register now to ensure you receive your bidders pack in time to bid. All information is on the web site:
Venue: Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Friday July 17:
Viewing from noon to 6pm, including “Antiques Roadshow”-style appraisals.
Saturday July 18:
Viewing from 10am to 4pm; silent auction Noon to 4pm; main auction starts at 5pm.
Free viewing. Bidders must purchase a bidding number (information posted on the website).