Are there any SF / Santa Cruz guys out there who know anything about the early O'Neill Surf Shop boards? I have the one below that is 9'8". From what I am told, the original owner was a guy named Skippy who surfed Kelly's Cove back in the day. According to the nephew who I got it from, he remembers it being a banana-colored yellow when he was a kid.
I'm guessing the board is very early 1960s based on the D-fin and both San Francisco and Santa Cruz on the deck. Jack opened the Santa Cruz location in 1959 (I think).
I'm hoping someone here has a bit of expertise in the matter and can maybe throw out some names of possible shapers if it wasn't Jack.
Unfortuantely O'Neill didn't number the early boards and there are no other markings.
Pictures below, including one of the original Surf Shop at Ocean Beach, opened in 1952. You can see the flared stringer boards propped up agaisnt the shop.
Thanks in advance for any input.