On May 12, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California, the Quiksilver Waterman Collection held an iconic event known as the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction California Gold. The auction was a huge success coming away with a total of $680,000 in sales.
The purpose of this event was to raise funds for the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center in order to preserve surfing’s history for current and future generations. Surfers, collectors, and surf enthusiasts gathered at the OC Fair and Events Center to enjoy art, music, book signings, vintage cars and silent and live auctions.
Surf legends and industry icons in attendance included Tom Curren, Peter Mel, Keith Malloy, Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, Mark Cunningham, John Van Hamersveld, Greg Noll, Larry Bertlemann, L.J. Richards, Mickey Munoz, Peter Townend, Rich Harbour, Rusty Miller, C.R. Stecyk III, Paul Naude and Fernando Aguerre.
With over 50 amazing surfboards from the early 1900s through today, the highest selling board at $32,400 was the Pete Peterson 1949 California Point Break Board. In addition, the most anticipated portion of the evening, the sale of The Surf Riders of Hawaii by A.R. Gurrey, Jr. book sold for $27,000.
The Surfing Heritage & Cultural Center would like to thank the presenting sponsor Quiksilver Waterman collection, and supporting sponsors Surfers Village, Longboard Vineyards, Sticky Bumps and Primo Beer, as well as the other participants, sponsors and volunteers that helped make the day’s event a great success.
To view the auction and the event, watch the webcast here.