Hobie balsa Waimea gun by Phil Edwards (1990’s)

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Hobie solid balsawood 10’6 Waimea gun shaped by Phil Edwards in the 1990’s. Featuring a beautiful redwood triple stringer design. Mint condition, never ridden! Use as a functional big wave gun or decorative surfboard art piece!

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History of Phil Edwards & Hobie surfboards

Phil Edwards,‭ ‬also known as‭ “‬The Guayule Kid‭”‬,‭ ‬is an American surfer.‭ ‬He was born on June‭ ‬10th,‭ ‬1938‭ ‬in Long Beach,‭ ‬California.‭ ‬He is best known for being the first surfer to ride Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline in‭ ‬1961.‭ ‬Phil was interested in‭ ‬surfing from a young age.‭ ‬First,‭ ‬he was paddling around lagoons but soon learned how to surf,‭ ‬riding lifeguards rescue boards in Oceanside.‭ ‬It took him a few years‭ (‬he was battling rheumatic fever‭) ‬but by the age of‭ ‬13,‭ ‬he was already reshaping his boards and had mastered the basics.‭ ‬Upon meeting Miki Dora at San Onofre he was astonished by the tricks that a man can do while riding a board.‭ ‬Within a year he learned how to do full turns-‭ ‬he was one of the first to be known for doing it.‭ ‬Phil started surfing with Miki Dora and together they created a different level of surfing.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1959‭ ‬he started shaping boards for Hobie Alter.‭ ‬Working with Hobie undoubtedly accelerated Phil‭’‬s career.‭ ‬He came on board during a huge increase in surfing interest,‭ ‬also orders for new boards were coming in like never before.
At that time California was a perfect place for everyone who wanted to surf and be a part of the‭ ‬vibrant culture and rising industry.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬if you wanted to show off your best skills and gain popularity there was a special place for that -‭ ‬Killer Dana,‭ ‬in Dana Point,‭ ‬CA. The break where you could be remembered by viewers‭ ‬-‭ ‬for good or bad.‭ ‬Phil Edwards was only‭ ‬15‭ ‬years old when he started to surf Killer Dana and he quickly made a name for himself surfing there.‭ As it relates to his surfing in Hawaii, Phil recalls in an interview “‬I never charged Pipeline,‭ ‬I just survived it‭”. ‬By the end of the‭ ‬1950s,‭ ‬Phil Edwards was shaping very good surfboards.‭ ‬He set another goal for himself-‭ ‬taking off on a wave at Pipeline.‭ ‬Hawaiian Pipe hadn’t been surfed yet because of unfavorable surfboard shapes and being generally thought of as an impossible wave to surf.‭ ‬But not for Phil. He displayed his great‭ ‬skill and fearless attitude when,‭ ‬in‭ ‬1961,‭ ‬he took off on a 12-foot face and successfully rode it all the way in.‭ ‬This historic moment had been filmed by Bruce Brown and can be seen in the movie‭ “‬Surfing Hollow Days‭”‬.‭ ‬After Phil had proven it could be ridden many surfers started riding Pipeline,‭ ‬making it one of the most popular waves in Hawaii along with Sunset,‭ ‬Waimea,‭ ‬and Makaha.
After his accomplishment in Hawaii and appearing in various movies, in‭ ‬1963,‭ ‬he was working for Hobie Alter once again.‭ ‬This time, he was shaping his signature Phil Edwards model.‭ ‬Phil Edwards became an icon of the time-‭ ‬everyone wanted to surf like him,‭ ‬powerful but smooth.‭ ‬He gained many fans winning the inaugural Surfer Poll in‭ ‬1963.‭ ‬Phil also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.‭ ‬His great fame lasted until the appearance of shortboards.‭ ‬Unlike other surfers,‭ ‬he couldn‭’‬t transition to riding them easily and left the spotlight.‭ ‬After an injury,‭ he‬ begin a new life without surfing.‭ ‬He got in touch with his old friend Hobie Alter and worked with him on the Hobie Cat,‭ ‬but didn’t shape a surfboard for‭ ‬20‭ ‬years.‭ ‬In the‭ ‬1980s,‭ ‬when the baby boomer generation‭ ‬came looking for surfing’s roots,‭ ‬his shaping skills were back in‭ ‬interest.‭ ‬He started shaping replicas of his old boards at Hobie’s shop in Dana Point.‭ ‬Recently,‭ ‬Phil has been collaborating with surfwear company Reyn Spooner to release a new line of Aloha shirts.‭ ‬On June‭ ‬7,‭ ‬2019,‭ ‬a new bronze sculpture in Dana Point was unveiled.‭ ‬It presents Phil Edwards surfing and it aims to commemorate his contributions to the sport,‭ ‬culture,‭ ‬and lifestyle of surfing.‭ ‬The sculpture sits next to the Hobie Alter sculpture,‭ ‬celebrating one of Phil‭’‬s lifelong friends.
At that time California was a perfect place for everyone who wanted to surf and be a part of the‭ ‬vibrant culture and rising industry.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬if you wanted to show off your best skills and gain popularity there was a special place for that -‭ ‬Killer Dana,‭ ‬in Dana Point,‭ ‬CA. The break where you could be remembered by viewers‭ ‬-‭ ‬for good or bad.‭ ‬Phil Edwards was only‭ ‬15‭ ‬years old when he started to surf Killer Dana and he quickly made a name for himself surfing there.‭ As it relates to his surfing in Hawaii, Phil recalls in an interview “‬I never charged Pipeline,‭ ‬I just survived it‭”. ‬By the end of the‭ ‬1950s,‭ ‬Phil Edwards was shaping very good surfboards.‭ ‬He set another goal for himself-‭ ‬taking off on a wave at Pipeline.‭ ‬Hawaiian Pipe hadn’t been surfed yet because of unfavorable surfboard shapes and being generally thought of as an impossible wave to surf.‭ ‬But not for Phil. He displayed his great‭ ‬skill and fearless attitude when,‭ ‬in‭ ‬1961,‭ ‬he took off on a 12-foot face and successfully rode it all the way in.‭ ‬This historic moment had been filmed by Bruce Brown and can be seen in the movie‭ “‬Surfing Hollow Days‭”‬.‭ ‬After Phil had proven it could be ridden many surfers started riding Pipeline,‭ ‬making it one of the most popular waves in Hawaii along with Sunset,‭ ‬Waimea,‭ ‬and Makaha.
After his accomplishment in Hawaii and appearing in various movies, in‭ ‬1963,‭ ‬he was working for Hobie Alter once again.‭ ‬This time, he was shaping his signature Phil Edwards model.‭ ‬Phil Edwards became an icon of the time-‭ ‬everyone wanted to surf like him,‭ ‬powerful but smooth.‭ ‬He gained many fans winning the inaugural Surfer Poll in‭ ‬1963.‭ ‬Phil also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.‭ ‬His great fame lasted until the appearance of shortboards.‭ ‬Unlike other surfers,‭ ‬he couldn‭’‬t transition to riding them easily and left the spotlight.‭ ‬After an injury,‭ he‬ begin a new life without surfing.‭ ‬He got in touch with his old friend Hobie Alter and worked with him on the Hobie Cat,‭ ‬but didn’t shape a surfboard for‭ ‬20‭ ‬years.‭ ‬In the‭ ‬1980s,‭ ‬when the baby boomer generation‭ ‬came looking for surfing’s roots,‭ ‬his shaping skills were back in‭ ‬interest.‭ ‬He started shaping replicas of his old boards at Hobie’s shop in Dana Point.‭ ‬Recently,‭ ‬Phil has been collaborating with surfwear company Reyn Spooner to release a new line of Aloha shirts.‭ ‬On June‭ ‬7,‭ ‬2019,‭ ‬a new bronze sculpture in Dana Point was unveiled.‭ ‬It presents Phil Edwards surfing and it aims to commemorate his contributions to the sport,‭ ‬culture,‭ ‬and lifestyle of surfing.‭ ‬The sculpture sits next to the Hobie Alter sculpture,‭ ‬celebrating one of Phil‭’‬s lifelong friends.

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