A lot of times I have some smart ass commentary to go along with the vintage surf ads I scan every Thursday night. In this Sagas of Shred entry, though, I have nothing but deep respect for all the parties involved. When you’re dealing with the unholy trinity that is T&C Surf Designs in its Eighties heyday, Martin Potter, and Dane Kealoha, there isn’t much more to add. This advertisement originally ran in the July 1983 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 24, No 7). Subconsciously I know that surfing is a sport and a culture obsessed with youth. Even so, it’s still a shock when I do some quick Googling and realize that Pottz was only eighteen when this ad first ran. It’s interesting to see Pottz surfing one of his famous “The Saint” boards, although his signature green and yellow jagged airbrush is nowhere to be found. I’m guessing it’s a Glenn Minami twin fin. Dane, meanwhile, is locked and loaded in the pit, and not even the hemline of his shorts can diminish the intensity of that shot.
Mahalo for reading and we hope to see you next Thursday evening for more Sagas of Shred!