1969 Transitional Dewey Weber "SKI" Surfboard, Manhattan Beach, CA
A kaleidoscope of color carving through the waves - that's what we think of when we look at this board. This "Transitional" surfboard was created during the exploratory times of the late 1960’s, the birthing period of the "Short Board Revolution”. It exemplifies a merging of styles and experiments. Loaded with original color, a vibrant acid splash bottom and psychedelic deck, this board screams of the period.
"SKI", emblazoned on the deck, stands for "Synthetic Kinetic Instinct". This board presented one of the first planing hulls of the transition era, affecting the smoothness of the ride and inviting the use of more power by the rider allowing for sharper turns.
Dewey Weber manufactured this board, and credits Nat Young with its design. Nat can be seen in his glory carving the water with innovative glides and turns while riding a board like this in cult surf film "Morning of the Earth". Our original board is from the early production run, which only lasted a few years.
Measures 7 feet, 4 inches long, 4" thick and sold complete with original removable fin that has seduced us with it's remarkable likeness to a firm slice of Gummy Jello - wish we could take a bit of it.
Known as "The Little Man on Wheels" Dewey Weber's diminutive stature, low center of gravity and his natural abilities made him the ultimate hot-dogger and a state champion wrestler. Weber's first visit to Hawaii is chronicled in Bud Browne's 1957 release, The Big Surf. He went on to appear in nearly every surf movie of the late 1950s and 1960s. In 1960, he founded the still reining Weber Surfboards and opened his first shop in Venice Beach, California. Nat Young's escapades in surfing are featured in "Nat's, Nat and That's That" - World Champion surfer and surf legend he brought Australian surfing to the forefront and paved the way for the Aussie Invasion of Surfing.
HEIGHT: 7 ft. 5 in. (226 cm) WIDTH: 20.5 in. (52 cm) DEPTH: 8.5 in. (22 cm)
37 years after our board was made, in 2006, the SKI model was reintroduced as part of the Weber Retro Line, it became the most highly requested model not in production.