A Craigslist Surfboard Story That Made Our Day - Stab Mag

A Craigslist Surfboard Story That Made Our Day

You’re going home, yellowed single fin.

Words by Jack Mutschler

It started at a homeless encampment in Los Angeles. Photographer Mike Anderson was driving through Boyle Heights when he noticed two surfboards propped up against a tent. Mike pulled over, grabbed a quick picture, and sent it to the @craigslistsurfboards account on Instagram.

The Craigslist account later reposted the photo, which featured an old HIC single fin with the words “Shaped By Cino” underneath the glass. Not long after, the craigslist account received another message, this time from a man named Jason Magallanes.

Jason, a former Hawaiian pro, noticed the “Shaped By Cino” logo displayed on the board. The yellowing single fin was shaped by his father, Arcenio “Cino” Magallanes, who passed in February of 2020. Ever since, Jason has been on the prowl, collecting any boards of his father’s he can find.

The craigslist surfboards account put Mike and Jason in touch, and they arranged to get the board to Hawaii. Mike returned to the homeless encampment and purchased the surfboard on behalf of Jason. It wasn’t until Mike got home that he realized he’d seen the shaper’s tag before. As it turned out, the photographer had purchased an old twin fin at a garage sale eight years prior that had also been “Shaped By Cino.”

Excited to contribute to the Magallanes collection, Mike shipped both the boards to Hawaii, where they will remain in perpetuity.

While most stories involving surfboards and Craigslist lead to heartache, frustration, and excessive ding repair, this one has a happy ending.

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