SNEAK PEEK VIDEO #2 – PACIFIC SYSTEM HOMES

Sneak Peek #2 June 2012
Los Angeles based, Pacific System Ready Cut Homes began in 1908, and by 1939 it was the largest builder of homes in the world. During the depression, the company founder’s son, Meyers Butte came on board. He convinced the family that manufacturing surfboards would be a good way to diversify the company’s business. The Swastika name and symbol were chosen for their “connotations of health and good fortune.” PSH was the first company to mass-produce surfboards. Earliest archaeological evidence of the swastika symbol dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient India as well as Classical Antiquity. The symbol remains widely used in Eastern religions, specifically in Hinduism and Buddhism, and was also used by various Native American tribes. After the Nazi party usurped the Swastika symbol, PSH changed the name of their line of surfboards to the “Waikiki Model”.

The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection
Coming May 11, 2013 Orange County Fairgrounds

SURFING HERITAGE VINTAGE SURF AUCTION
MAY 11, 2013 – UNIQUE AND RARE CALIFORNIA GOLD

In high school, Phil Edwards began a relationship with Hobie Alter that spanned his career. He shaped boards for Hobie in 1959 — the year Gidget ignited a frenzy. Board orders went through the roof as the once privileged sport of surfing had gone public.
By that time, much of Oahu’s North Shore had been conquered by the first wave of California hellmen. Phil had first ventured to hawaii in 1955 but what yet to have an impact on big-wave surfing. The Californians had turned Sunset, Makaha and Waimea into battle zones. But one place remained taboo — Pipeline. For the day’s equipment — wide, heavy planks — it was suicide. In 1961, Edwards casually changed all that. He stroked out on a sunny 6-foot day, powered through the drop, made it to the beach and opened the floodgates. Instantly, Pipe was surfable. — Jason Borte Courtesy Surfline.com

Phil Edwards Hobie Gun Circa ’71; pre-auction estimate $4K – $7K

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