Comes with original green board sock (value less than $5).


Dick Sweeney brought my attention to this recent eBay listing that made me laugh and think about why I love eBay. I love that there are still excellent examples of the pinnacle of the innovation period of surfboard design floating around out there, occasionally coming into view and disappearing again like shooting stars.

I love that the guy got $4050 for his old board. Ebay is nothing but pure market forces at work, there is no bullshit, hot air and or lies, its where the truth of the value of an object is clearly determined by what someone will bid for it. I love how he didn't even take the wax off this example of one of the most collectible boards of the modern era.

Description from eBay listing:
McCoy Lazor Zap, 5'7'' long, 19.75'' wide, 17.5'' tail, 12'' nose. Shaped November 1983. The third and by far the best board Geoff personally hand shaped for me. When you hold it, you know its a piece of history. Board is in better condition than its owner, so time to part with it. Hasn't been ridden for many years. Very Good condition for 28 years old; a few small dents and small repaired (in McCoy factory) dings or shatters. Original long white Lazor Zap fin PLUS Ben Lexcen designed winged keel Starfin (adds a lot of drive and speed through turns). Model that was used in Cheyne Horan's 1984 Bells victory. Can be picked up near Bexley after 6pm or Sydney CBD during business hours. Includes original 'Ahimsa' green stretchy cover seen in photo

Q: hi would you accept any other payment apart from paypal cod bank deposit bank cheque money order
A: I'm not really sure how the whole thing works with ebay, as its only the second thing i have sold. Last week i sold a fish, paypall kept $9, but the guy turned up promptly the next day to pick it up. Worked outr well. I suppose cash on delivery would be the other option. Then i guess if you didn't like it you could opt not to pay for it and i could relist it.

I get excited when a surfboard listing says "Includes original stretchy cover" or "comes with original legrope" because it means the owner thinks this in some way bears some connection to the value of the board. ie. if it comes with a board sock that was $22 in 1987 then the board is worth about $50.

The other thing that I love to see on an ebay listing is "I'm not really sure how the whole thing works with ebay".........











I guess I better start looking after these 2 babies a little better.





Whoops, maybe I should'nt have let this one go either.





12 comments:

  1. Totally Cool... that's a great board (but the air-spray is questionable), and getting the "lazor-zap" fin is a bonus score! That IS a shit load of money to pay, but if you got it/want it why not? By the way... it looks like the "star-fin" is put in backwards... not gonna work so hot like that!

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  2. ..."WOW"!!!, This would have to be, the sweetest board I have ever layed eyes on !!! ....$4000 ? I would pay $8000 - $10,000 to get MY hands on it ! It is as rare as hens teeth to see one of these in such perfect condition, and, from a "One Owner" who had it shaped for himself way back in '83' by the man himself, Geoff McCoy. It's a pure form of artwork ! from THE BEST surfboard shaper in the world.

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  3. Ive got to say it looks so futuristic - it seems born of the ocean - like some mutant bastard tuna gave birth to it mid ocean with the pelagic masses !

    GM a legend indeed - long me he shape !

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  4. We sat an watched the last half an hour of the bidding on this board. Placing bets on what it would eventually go for. It was great fun. We were outbid earlier at around $1800. You are right about EBay. It is pure. This is what something is worth. This day. This time. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Pulling that board out of its $5 board sock would be like pulling a GTHO PHASE 111 falcon out of its garage ! Theory - If the HO was about $5000 in '71' and one recently sold for around $900.000, what would this little beauty be worth in a few years ?? Just like the car market was flooded with Jap/Chinese imports ...This is whats happening to the surfboard industry. You do the math !!! I think the bloke that scored this little gem for 4 Grand is laughing ! - PJ, Coffs NSW.

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  6. I think the checked spray job on the Zap looks insane, classic McCoy style. As for the fin being around the wrong way, it looks like the guy has just wacked it in for the photo after taking the original Zap-fin out. A great piece of Aussie surf history and its definatly the best looking Zap I have seen since the 80's.

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  7. Hey its probably how Cheyne liked to ride them back to front - wouldnt mind betting he gave it a go !

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  8. Chris, - from BondiMay 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    I just hope this beautiful little McCoy lazor zap stays in Australia and has not been bought by one of those BIG collectors in the USA

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  9. LURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Yeah, they are nice old McCoy's But, to see one in such perfect original condition (as the one with the red & blue checks) and, with the original Zap fin, is extremely rare these days !! - Jason, qld.

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  11. My dad has a mint condition mccoy lazer zap its a 5'9 and its never been left outside

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  12. ...mmmm 80's boards, don't ya just love'em with all the colourful sprays and patterns ..Hand shaped - short-fat-thick, Not like the plain old white modern day "POP-OUT" ...From China !!!

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