The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 31, 2015 03:00 PM PST

Golf & Sports Gear

Brawner Longboard

Item Number
$1,700 USD to rjbrickell
Number of Bids
12  -  Bid History

Item Description

This Brawner traditional longboard noserider was custom built by Damian and Danny Brawner for this year's auction. Danny Brawner began surfing in 1951 at Doheny Beach and met Rex McMullen whose father was a Park Ranger there. Having a dad who was a Ranger meant that Rex and his family were living there.

It was 1954 and Balsa surfboards ruled the coast. By this time Danny had shaped and glassed a few balsa boards for himself and his brother. The boards that he made were okay, considering he had no prior experience in surfboard building. And having surfed a few years, his experience were developing and the boards that he made rode alright as far as Danny was concerned. After making those boards, Danny decided to get a balsa surfboard at Hobie Surf Shop. The board cost $50 and back then that was a lot of money. While in High School Danny got a job at Hobie’s repairing balsa boards. One day in 1958 Danny stopped by Dale Velzy’s shop in San Clemente. While talking with Dale, the conversation turned to board building. As they talked Danny mentioned that he had glassed a few surfboards. With an open mind, Dale knew he needed help in glassing his boards, so he brought Danny on as one of the crew. When Velzy closed his shop in 1960, Danny went to work for Bohemian making pop out surfboards. He worked there for 9 months and then went to work for Holden Surfboards in 1961. After a short time, Danny went back to work for Velzy as a temporary glassing instructor. In 1962 Danny got married and was given the opportunity to work for Hobie at his new 5000 sq. ft. building. Danny would glass for Hobie from 1962 until 1989.

Besides glassing and surfing, Danny had a musical background. His father was a well-known drummer and Danny took up playing the drums. He had played with a trio in 1961 and would join another band in 1962. The name of the band was Sandells and their music would become the sound track for Bruce Brown’s movie The Endless Summer. This board is a tribute to the movie and features the signatures of Danny Brawner and Mike Hynson, co-star in The Endless Summer.

The board is 9'6".

Item Special Note

Shipping and handling not included. Item can be picked up at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel or purchaser can arrange for shipping. Boards will be available for pick up or shipping on or after Monday, January 4, 2016.