Hundreds of surfing fans, including avid athletes to enthusiasts who prefer to watch the waves from the beach, would be heading this weekend’s Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction for a glimpse at the stuff of waterman history.
One hundred years worth of surf collectibles, with an estimated total value of $1 million, will be picked up at the sixth biennial auction.
An auction preview begins at noon today at the Galleria at the Blaisdell Center. Seventy items will be featured in the main auction, slated for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., July 23, and 40 items will be part of silent auction set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. (There will be free viewings, but only registered bidders and their guests will be permitted to take part in the main auction.)
During today’s preview, free appraisals — in the manner of Antique Road Show — will be available until 4 p.m. So, surf fans, that means you can stop by with your surf goods and find out what they are worth. There will also be meet-and-greet opportunities with 10 authors, who will be signing books and offering autographs. Viewing is free for all items, and autographed copies of the various surf books will be available.
The first five auctions collectively tallied more than $2.6 million worth of privately owned pieces sold, according to Surf promoter Randy Rarick, who has organized the auctions.