Mike Diffenderfer for Inter-Island Surf Shop: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz, and welcome to another installment of Sagas of Shred! Today’s post comes from another back issue of Surfer Magazine (Aug. – Sep. 1963, Vol. 4 No. 4). It’s an ad for Inter-Island Surf Shop. Inter-Island was home to a number of well-known surfers as both team riders and shapers. Two things stand out about this advertisement: first is the fact that at this point in time, all of Inter-Island’s boards were being shaped by Mike Diffenderfer. What struck me is how young Diff was at the time of the advertisement: in 1963, Diffenderfer was only 26 years old! The ad also has a helpful list of team riders at the time. Some of the names stand out — Fred Hemmings, Barry Kanaiaupuni, et al — and for others I’m drawing a blank. As curious as I am, I almost prefer the mystery around “Toku” and “Soyo”, whoever those fine people may be.

As always, tune in next Thursday for the next Sagas of Shred, and another blast from surfing’s storied past!

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