Gordie Transitional Pintail Surfboard, Huntington Beach California, Early 1970s
This very unusual Gordie Surfboard is from the Transitional Period in Surfing History, late 1960s to early 1970s. A Pin-Tail Gun, this surfboard features a concave deck (outlined in red with airbrush fade) that curves down half an inch deep on the first quarter of the board. The lines of the board and the sun-drop airbrush fade graphic are both real eye-catchers. The two-tone wood tailback construction was made at the time as a throwback to the longboard era, its execution with layered woods is simply stunning. A Transitional period version of the Gordie logo is featured on the deck above the phrase "The Only Way to Travel." The striped bottom is vibrantly colored in oranges, reds and yellows and matches the graphic on the deck. The fin is detachable.
Board measures: 94" L x 22" W x 2" thick. 9.5" deep with fin inserted. Duane Gordon (Gordie) was born (1931) in Los Angeles, he began surfing in 1951 in Hawaii while stationed on a Pearl Harbor naval base. Two years later he shaped his first board and began building boards commercially in the mid-1950s, working out of his parents' garage in Lynwood. He opened one of the very few existing surfboard storefronts in 1956 near Huntington Beach Pier. Gordie is recognized by the surf community as the first shaper to put a wooden stringer down the center of the just-developed polyurethane foam-core surfboards (1958), offering them added strength and rigidity. It was during that same year of innovation that Gordie Surfboards burned to the ground, destroying more than 100 stock boards, along with all the store inventory. This didn’t stop Gordie who reopened a few hundred yards to the northeast, on Pacific Coast Highway and stayed in business until 1988. Duane Gordon was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997. He died in 201, at 80 years old, of natural causes.