Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest installment of Sagas of Shred, Shred Sledz’s very own ode to some of the greatest advertisements from surfing’s past. Today we have a very special feature for you: an old Pat Curren Surfboards ad taken from an issue of Surfer Magazine published in the 1960s.
Nowadays it might be easiest to think of Pat Curren as father to Tom Curren, who was the most famous American surfer to come along before the seemingly never-ending reign of our current king, the inimitable Robert Kelly Slater. But before Tom sent tongues wagging at the Op Pro, Pat Curren had established a career as a big wave charger and a well-regarded shaper.
Pat Curren surfboards are still extremely collectible, and they’re also not very easy to find. SHACC — the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center — has a blog post featuring an awesome Pat Curren spear, as they call it, that has been crafted entirely out of balsa. If you have a chance, I highly recommend the blog post, as it has a bunch of fantastic old pictures of Pat Curren shaping some of his designs.
At first I wondered if the smiling grom in the ad to the left might have been Tom Curren himself. Considering the ad ran in 1963, however, either this is a different grom, or simply the second-most impressive thing Tom Curren has ever done, behind the impeccable surfing he displayed on his first-ever wave at South Africa’s J-Bay.
By now, faithful Shredderz, I believe you know the drill: check back in next Thursday for Sagas of Shred and some more wonderful relics from surfing’s past.
As always, thank you for reading!