Early Bing Surfboards: 1959-1964

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    1961 Price list

    1961 Price list

    Bing's first shop on The Strand

    Bing’s first shop on The Strand

    At the counter -- Check out those fins above Bing !!! (photo by GRANNIS)

    At the counter — Check out those fins above Bing !!! (photo by GRANNIS)

    An original custom triple laminate stock model. This ones number 3565 and it's a 9'0. The third lam is a tiny one up near the nose.

    An original custom triple laminate stock model. This ones number 3565 and it’s a 9’0. The third lam is a tiny one up near the nose.

    This is a really clean Bing Stock model with a large Bing laminate.

    This is a really clean Bing Stock model with a large Bing laminate.

    Looks like its fresh from the glassing shop.

    Looks like its fresh from the glassing shop.

    Just a little wear on the fin.

    Surfer magazine ad June 1963

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    Dan Bendiksen shaping one of the first Noseriders (photo by Steve Wilkings).

    Kenny Tilton shaping.

    Sterling Santley – sander (photo by Steve Wilkings).

     

     Marsha showing us the new Bing's (Photo by Grannis).

    Marsha showing us the new Bing’s (Photo by Grannis).

    Here is Bing Surfboard #18. You can really see the Velzy pig board influence in the shape.

    A friend of mine (Steve Westphalen) was coming out of ET Surfboards about 1980. A guy was bringing the board into ET to trade in on a new board. Steve asked him how much he wanted for it and the guy said $50. Steve gave him $50 on the spot and it was his. Steve worked at Mobley's SkiSurfShop and moved a couple doors down from me on the Strand at 22nd Street about 1981 and hung the board in his apartment. Every time I went over to his place he noticed me staring at the board. In '84, he rented the other part of the house I was living in and hung it there. By this time I had become a board collector with about 30 boards in the dinky one car garage. In '86 he moved and as he was moving said that if I can come up with what he paid for the board, it was mine. Luckily, I had 50 bucks and the board has been mine since. Jim Shelton

    A friend of mine (Steve Westphalen) was coming out of ET Surfboards about 1980. A guy was bringing the board into ET to trade in on a new board. Steve asked him how much he wanted for it and the guy said $50. Steve gave him $50 on the spot and it was his. Steve worked at Mobley’s SkiSurfShop and moved a couple doors down from me on the Strand at 22nd Street about 1981 and hung the board in his apartment. Every time I went over to his place he noticed me staring at the board. In ’84, he rented the other part of the house I was living in and hung it there. By this time I had become a board collector with about 30 boards in the dinky one car garage. In ’86 he moved and as he was moving said that if I can come up with what he paid for the board, it was mine. Luckily, I had 50 bucks and the board has been mine since. Jim Shelton

    A real Classic Bing Surfboard!

    A real Classic Bing Surfboard!

    Here is Chris's all original 1963 Bing. Check out the original order form below!

    Here is Chris’s all original 1963 Bing. Check out the original order form below!

    Here is Chris's all original 1963 Bing. Check out the original order form below!

    This is our good friend Tom's Bing. Custom pigment job with an awesome Atomic laminate.

    This is our good friend Tom’s Bing. Custom pigment job with an awesome Atomic laminate.

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    Board # 7 found it’s way to Polson, Mt. Thanks Ronn.

    1961 Bing Gun This is a fine example of the craftmanship Bing put into his boards. Bing only made one of these, and here it is!

    1959 Bing concave twin fin Bing built this one of a kind board while he was at his first shop in 1959. The concave went 3/4 of the way up the bottom and ended in a step that had three plastic tubes that went through to the deck. The idea was that the water would flow over the step on the bottom and create a vacuum that would suck air down and it would run out the concave reducing wetted surface and giving increased speed. The board rode OK but did'nt set the speed records Bing was hoping for.

    1959 Bing Concave Twin

    1959 Bing concave twin fin Bing built this one of a kind board while he was at his first shop in 1959. The concave went 3/4 of the way up the bottom and ended in a step that had three plastic tubes that went through to the deck. The idea was that the water would flow over the step on the bottom and create a vacuum that would suck air down and it would run out the concave reducing wetted surface and giving increased speed. The board rode OK but did’nt set the speed records Bing was hoping for.

    1961 Bing Gun

     This is a fine example of the craftmanship Bing put into his boards. Bing only made one of these, and here it is!

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    The nose block's, tail block, stringer and fin are all redwood and pine. The fin is a cut down version of Bing's signature fin at the time. Bing was 25 years old at the time he shaped this one. He truly thought that he would find some waves in Southern California to ride it on. Unfortunately it was hung on the wall and never moved until Bing put it on Display at George's Surf Center in Huntington Beach. Bing never actually sold the board. It just disappeared and some how ended up in the world of classic board collectors. Bing especially likes the fact that for some reason he did not use a complete decal on it. With just the outline of the logo makes it more subtle and anyone in the know would recognize the brand at first sight. The board measures 10' 9 1/2" and it's 20 1/2 wide. 14" nose and a 9" tail. A true big wave gun.  On July 12, 2004 this board sold for $18,500 on Ebay.

    The nose block’s, tail block, stringer and fin are all redwood and pine. The fin is a cut down version of Bing’s signature fin at the time. Bing was 25 years old at the time he shaped this one. He truly thought that he would find some waves in Southern California to ride it on. Unfortunately it was hung on the wall and never moved until Bing put it on Display at George’s Surf Center in Huntington Beach. Bing never actually sold the board. It just disappeared and some how ended up in the world of classic board collectors. Bing especially likes the fact that for some reason he did not use a complete decal on it. With just the outline of the logo makes it more subtle and anyone in the know would recognize the brand at first sight. The board measures 10′ 9 1/2″ and it’s 20 1/2 wide. 14″ nose and a 9″ tail. A true big wave gun. On July 12, 2004 this board sold for $18,500 on Ebay.

    Tell tail signs of a custom ordered board. The small Bing laminate on the deck near the nose!

    This is a classic 9' 6'' Bing from 1965. All original baby blue pigment job. This board has been in storage up in Washinton since 1969. Photos courtesy of its owner Les.

    This is a classic 9′ 6” Bing from 1965. All original baby blue pigment job. This board has been in storage up in Washinton since 1969. Photos courtesy of its owner Les.

    You can see the high density foam tailblock, and the T-band stringer peeking out.

    You can see the high density foam tailblock, and the T-band stringer peeking out.

    The tail block and fin shape are very similar to the Deitzman model that has been restored.

    The tail block and fin shape are very similar to the Deitzman model that has been restored.

    It's birthday serial number!

    It’s birthday serial number!

    The bottom is just a clean as the deck.

    The bottom is just a clean as the deck.

     

    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

    Awesome teal pigment job and a custom S-stringer.

    Awesome teal pigment job and a custom S-stringer

    And a sea green pigmented bottom with an additional S-stringer inlay.

    Bing.

    Bing.

    The Bing stock models. What every young surfer wanted!!

    The Bing stock models. What every young surfer wanted!!

    1963 Bing Bellyboard, 2'' balsa stringer!

    1963 Bing Bellyboard, 2” balsa stringer!

    This Bing bellyboard is one of the very few in existance. Like this is the only one I have ever seen.

    This Bing bellyboard is one of the very few in existance. Like this is the only one I have ever seen.

    Board # 840 Not to many custom inlayed boards were made!

    Board # 840 Not to many custom inlayed boards were made!

    1960 Bing with a nice redwood stringer.

    1960 Bing with a nice redwood stringer.

    Early Bing large lam stock model 2'' balsa stringer, nice red pigmented panels.

    Early Bing large lam stock model 2” balsa stringer, nice red pigmented panels.

    Early 60's Stock Bing. With a custom green pigment job.

    Early 60’s Stock Bing. With a custom green pigment job.

    Bing #745

    Bing #745

    Looks like it was glassed yesterday!

    Looks like it was glassed yesterday!

    But its over 35 years old.

    But its over 35 years old.

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