Vintage Mayhem

Here at Shred Sledz HQ we try our best to be open-minded. Sometimes that means going left even though I am a regularfoot and frontside just feels so much better. Other times it can mean going ahead and pulling the trigger on some guacamole at Chipotle – you know, really just keeping my mind attuned to the endless possibilities this world has to offer.

Despite this deep-seated commitment to intellectual curiosity, I have to confess that I am still a man, and a man whose preferences can sometimes veer into outright intransigence. I’ll just go out and say it: I love vintage surfboards and all sorts of weird and cool shapes, but the modern high performance thruster just doesn’t excite me all that much.

With that said, you can’t talk about surfboards without acknowledging the influence of shapers who craft specialized shapes for the world’s best surfers. Whether you’re talking about Al Merrick, who supplied boards to generations of the best American surfers, or someone like Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes, whose Hypto Krypto model is currently flying off shelves, these guys deserve a ton of credit for what they have done for the sport.

Personally, I have always been fascinated by San Clemente shaper Matt “Mayhem” Biolos. Biolos has always come across as a guy who knows his stuff down cold, but remains refreshingly unpretentious about it. It’s hard not to like the irreverent tone of his Lost Surfboards brand, which constantly reminds us not to take surfing too seriously. That, and when the World Tour descends upon San Clemente for the Lowers Pro, every pro scrambles to get a Mayhem shape for the contest, given his talent and his insider knowledge of his local spot.

What we have here, via Craigslist in San Diego, is what looks to be a rare pre-Lost Surfboards Mayhem shape. The measurements are 6′2″ x 19.75″ x 2.5″, which seems like a bit more volume than you might expect. There’s no sign of Lost Surfboards branding anywhere, which I have never seen on a Mayhem shape. The only branding on this board is a “San Clemente Surf Company” logo, and then “Wise Surfboards” on the signature, which I couldn’t quite place (maybe for famous San Francisco shop Wise Surfboards?)

Best of all? This bad boy is only $75! Sure, it’s got a little discoloration, but provided the board is watertight, that seems like a deal. This is a great opportunity to own a board by someone who will no doubt be considered one of the greatest California shapers ever – yeah, that’s right – and one that might be a rare and/or collectible item someday.

Check it out here.

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