McKenzies To Auction Rare Surfing & Maritime Collectables

McKenzies Auctioneers will be treating collectors and buyers to an incredibly
unique opportunity to add significant rare surfing and marine collectables to
their prized possessions.

Beginning at 6pm on Tuesday 15 November, the auction line-up features a
collection built over decades and comprises over 100 vintage and modern
surfboards by important local, Australian and overseas makers including Mark
Richards, Dick Brewer, Joe Larkin, Cordingley and Ian Cairns, as well as
Malibus and long boards.

Items also include kneeboards, surf skis, skim and hand board and a
collection of 35 vintage skateboards.
Director Peter McKenzie said, “This auction is very rare because the entire
catalogue is built from the collection of one man with a true love of everything
surfing and marine related.

“The pieces are truly remarkable and not to be missed, they are the last of this
man’s extensive collection so this opportunity won’t arise again.”
For lovers of everything surf related, the auction doesn’t end with surfboards,
there will also be a large collection of surf photos, posters, signed ephemera
and surfing collectables.
Also guaranteed to attract attention is the extensive array of maritime items
including early outboard motors, nautical instruments, early wooden ships
pulleys, lamps and portholes.

Viewing commences three days prior to the auction.
To view the entire catalogue visit
Telephone or absentee bids can be arranged by contacting McKenzies
Auctioneers on (08) 9385 4180

Deus Surf Swap 10- 'Communing with Twin Fins.

I'm pleased to share with you pics from The Deus Surf Swap 10, featuring ‘Communing with Twin-Fins’ a surfboard exhibition presented by Electric showed and shined this past Sunday Oct 2nd at the Bondi Pavilion. 

The event showcased 100+ vintage surfboards with a focus on Twin-Fin’s from around the country, alongside some of Australia’s best, cutting edge surfboard shapers who brought along their own contemporary version of the Twin-Fin design.
Shapers present included Hayden Shapes, Channel Islands, Morning of the Earth, Misfits, Vampirate, Gary McNeil, Daniel’s, Dead Kooks and FinBox’s representation of Neil Purchase Jr. and Mick Mackie Twins.   

I idea of the twin fin theme was explore the current passion for modern twin fins and compare the old and the new and see if there were other design elements from the past that are worth re-visiting. 

The team of expert appraisers got to work on some 'Antiques Roadshow' style appraisals where we discuss design, history, function, provenance, readability and them try and establish a current market value.

guest MC for the day was Editor of TRACKS magazine, Luke Kennedy

Designs were compared. Vintage verse the contemporary versions.

Old boards were admired

Torren Martyn, twin fin afishinado,  checking out some vintage sleds

There were films, discussions, talks, lectures and arguments...

And plenty of boards for sale or swap on the 'Wall of Joy'.

.....with over 100 vintage boards on display....

....we were hard pressed finding space to display them all....

there were surfer and shapers from all over the country who came in for the day like Craig Anderson and Hayden Cox (above)...

Torren Martyn, Asher Wales and Asher Pacey with DHD all came in from the Gold Coast region for the day.

Bands played live music throughout the day.

We had live shaping in the Dues shipping container portable shaping bay.

Shapers included Hayden Cox from Haydenshapes, Simon Jones from Morning of the Earth, Gary McNeil from McNeil Concepts and Jye Byrnes

Contemporary shapers who brought their latest incarnations of the twin fin design included Misfits Shapes....

....Channel Islands....

The CI boys, including Wade Goodall, led a facilitating discussion that included the evolution of Al Merrick twin fins from the 80's and featured a twin fin ridden by Dane Reynolds at Snapper Rocks.

Simon Jones shaped and board and joined Torren Martyn on the mic for a screening of Lost Tracks and a Q&A about the twin fins he rode in the film.

The high light of the day for me had to be having Craig Anderson and Hayden Cox on hand to discuss the boards used in the filming of the upcoming STAB movie, Dual Fins in theDesert.

Craig Anderson in STAB's new movie where he and Ozzie Wright ride only vintage twin fins at a heavy right hand point break.

We had plenty of media covering the event, newspapers were shooting cheesy line up shots, Garage films were shooting a documentary......

....we even had Bondi Radio on site recording some interviews... was more than twin fins, with a vintage skateboard display...

...and stall holders selling retro beach shack homewares and paraphernalia...

Andrew Kidman was there to do a screening of Litmus to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release.

He even brought along the famous 'Dream Board' from lost in the ether.