After settling a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co., Robb Havassy ended up with 365 surfboards.
Ever since then, he's set out to diminish that number. On Thursday, he'll be raffling off 150 of the boards in Huntington Beach.
Sixteen years ago, the Costa Mesa resident painted and gifted a board to his friend — a Hollister Co. photographer who lived in Florida. When a photograph of Havassy's creation, with a purple phoenix on one side and a shield constructed from the words "peace," "love," "life" and "surf" on the other, reached the Ohio-headquartered apparel behemoth, it became a key part of the company's surf-centric ad campaign.
Hollister executives created exact replicas of the board, each one detailed and aged to rival the original, Havassy said, so they would reflect "a surf shack feel." His "RH" signature was replaced by "Hollister Co." logos on clear view in malls nationwide starting in 1999.