Greetings, Shredderz! Here are some interesting vintage surf posts I’ve stumbled across in my recent internet travels.
Island Trader Surf Shop is a great shop in Stuart, Florida that happens to sell some pretty rad vintage boards. They don’t update their blog frequently, but when they do, there are some great gems. (I’m partial to this Harbour Rapier and this transitional Hobie board with a tiger stripe spray.) Back to the shot above: this looks like an old Weber Surfboads ad. I love the floral print inlays on the decks, and the “WEBER TEAM 67 PERFORMER” is a sweet looking board that must have been made for team riders back in the day.
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You can’t go wrong with Tom Curren and Channel Islands. It’s a rule, really. @Surfhistory is a great Instagram follow if you’re into this sort of thing.
CON Surfboards • 1968 • MINIPIN • 7'3" x 22-1/2" x 3-1/8" • "The MINIPIN points a different way to wave involvement. Weight and width to the rear, steerage becomes an effortless thought process to maneuver the crest or hollow of any size wave. The flow lines of the gently rounded tail peak at a perfect pin, turning in the water like a frictionless disc. Shift forward slightly and the tapered nose streaks ahead, maintaining support and stability" CON ad in Surfer Mag. Sep. 1968. @consurfboards #consurfboards #1968#surfermag #shortboardrevolution #singlefin #fin #californiasurfmuseum #volunteer #donate #dropin #today #fun #legend #history
Check out this beautiful old Con Minipin posted by the California Surf Museum‘s Instagram account. I love that the caption on the post is taken straight from Con’s ad for the board, too. There are a bunch of funky Transition Era design principles going on here, and I’m all for it!
The Rip Curl Bells Beach Pro just ended recently. Congrats to Jordy Smith for his first-ever win at one of pro surfing’s most storied events! Anyway, the Australian National Surf Museum was nice enough to post a collection of some posters from earlier Rip Curl Pro events, which you can find above.
Gerry Lopez – Ala Moana – Photo by Steve Wilkings "Just five minutes from the shop were Ala Moana, Kaisers Bowl, Rockpiles, and the parking lot at the small boat harbor. There was our home away from home. Actually, at that point in our lives, it was Home, and where we would be most of the daylight hours during the spring, summer, and early fall. The south swell is coming from the Roaring Forties latitude in the Southern Hemisphere focused on the little stretch of coastline, and we wouldn't dream of being anywhere else except there to meet them. There were many other excellent breaks within sight, but Ala Moana was the crème de la crème of them all. The long, fast breaking left was a challenging wave at any size from 2 to 10 feet, and most of the best surfers found their way there, if not daily then, at least when the south swell pumped. The best of it was when the surf was big enough for the Bowl to break, which we would call Pole Sets at Ala Moana…. A thing to note was that there were a lot of great surfers all the time at Ala Moana, not any one particular stand out. Conrad Cunha and Sammy Lee were older and well respected, and Donald Takayama or David Nuuhiwa might show up for a day or two from California, but overall, it was everyone's show." – GL, 'Surf Is Where You Find It"
Last but not least is a reminder that surfboards are merely a means to an end, the end in question being the incomparable sensation of riding a wave. And what better way to illustrate this other than a photo of Gerry Lopez, the original style master, surfing at Ala Moana Bowls? It’s a striking photo that manages to simultaneously serve as a window to the past, as well as a reminder that true style is timeless. Apologies for going overboard with the #deepthoughts this Sunday morning, but what can I say, I love this picture so much.
Hope you enjoyed the post and as always, Happy Shredding!