We are fortunate to be making a surfboard bag for a Velzy Balsa Surfboard. This rare surfboard was shaped in 1951 or 1952. And this surfboard will be included in The California Gold Vintage Surf Auction in Culver City, California in September 2015.
Dale started surfing as a boy. His father was a wood worker and part time lifeguard. As a result, Velzy and his father shaped boards with his grandfathers’ woodworking tools.
Dale Velzy started shaping boards on his own in the late 1940’s. And by the early and mid-1950’s his very popular Hawk model was being ridden at all the popular surf spots of Southern California. In 1960, he had one of his most famous models, the 7-11, selling nearly 2,000 units. Additionally, Dale is credited with being the first person to really put surfboards within the reach of the average person through mass production using lighter, less costly materials.
Furthermore Velzy was a true surfboard pioneer! He was the first to open a Surf Shop, located in Manhattan Beach, California in 1950. Also the first to put a logo on a surfboard (the picture of his round logo with the rope border is below). First to sponsor a surfer (I don’t know who this was). Lastly, first to make surf logo tee shirts. Well done Hawk!!
Surfboard Bag for a Velzy Balsa Surfboard
The First To Put A Logo On A Surfboard
This surfboard logo is located on the deck side of the board near the tail.