Welcome to the Hawaiian Island Vintage Surf Auction

The Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction was the world’s largest surfboard and memerobilia auction, held biennially in Honolulu from 2001 to 2011. The auction was founded by longtime surf contest organizer, Randy Rarick. Over its first decade of existence, the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction sold more than $3 million worth of surfboards and assorted surf world collectibles. The event featured both a live and a silent auction, with dozens of grey-haired, aloha-shirted surf world luminaries on hand. In later editions of the event, the proceedings were broadcast on local television as well as streamed live online. Internet bidding was also included and was a perfect way to include people from around the world.

In addition to rare surfcraft, the auction has seen collectors snap up surf-themed beer bottles and cans (as well as beer-logoed surfboards), a 1930s-era sweatshirt signed by Duke Kahanamoku and his brothers, and truckfulls of surf art. In 2011, a 1920 John Kelly-owned redwood plank sold for $42,000—an HIVSA auction record. The auction was a huge success for 10 years.