Amazingly this fantastic surfboard has survived 85 years! It is simply one of the most beautiful surfboards that we have had the privilege to sell. Made of two pieces of thin wood that were glued, laminated, together and then steamed to give the nose “rocker”. Offering the board easier maneuverability through the breakers, and making it easier to catch a wave on, as the nose was up and out of the water. After steaming the board was handprinted and varnished. At some point later in its life a fin (no longer present) appears to have been added.
The rendering of an early 1900s interpretation of island gods is historically fascinating. From the 1960s on Tiki culture rendered these likenesses as more popular culture ala Trader Vics tiki mugs and later Shag design, in short kitch. There is absolutely nothing kitch about this tiki!
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1920s Tiki Surfboard, Bentwood, Original.