Rick Griffin for Greg Noll Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features something a bit more classy than the usual Eighties neon ridiculousness. What you see here is a Rick Griffin-designed ad for Greg Noll Surfboards. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever posted anything by Rick Griffin to this blog, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Griffin was famous for his psychedelic designs in the Sixties, and unlike most of the people I cover here on the blog, he even has his own Wikipedia page. Sadly, Griffin’s archives were destroyed in one of the recent wildfires that hit Southern California (and a belated RIP to Randy Nauert, who was the caretaker of Griffin’s archives.) I originally found this Noll ad somewhere on Pinterest, and I think it’s a great example of the classic surf designs of the Sixties. Griffin’s work grew to be more colorful and out there as his career progressed, and for more on his famous designs, I recommend checking out his website as well as the accompanying Instagram account. Sadly, Griffin passed away in the early Nineties, but as you can see he left behind an incredible legacy and some fantastic artwork.

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