Rick Sharp for Channel Islands Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Usually Sagas of Shred focuses on vintage surf ads, but tonight we’ve got something slightly different for you. Pictured below is a poster that appeared on a 1980 calendar for the famed Channel Islands Surfboards label.

The poster was designed by artist Rick Sharp. I published a Rick Sharp O’Neill ad a few years back. I posted this because yesterday I discovered Rick Sharp designed CI’s famous hexagon logo. I got the image you see above from Sharp’s website; you can order prints of this image along with many other examples of his awesome artwork. Shout out to Ryan Lovelace for unearthing this rad piece of Santa Barbara surf history trivia! For more on Sharp and his career, check out this typically excellent Surfer’s Journal feature.

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