The final Shred Sledz post in one of the lamest years in human history might not mean a lot to you, but it does to me. As always, shout out to anyone and everyone who has been following along here or on Instagram. I still can’t quite believe people read the things I write, but I’m definitely not complaining. I truly hope Shred Sledz is worth whatever time you invest into it, no matter how fleeting that might be.
Thank you to everyone who sent in some great boards. This is an incomplete list, and apologies to anyone who I missed, because I know there will be some glaring omissions, but here goes anyway: Zephyr Surfboards, forever legendary; these two Mike Croteau single fins are probably two of the cleanest and sickest I’ve ever seen; how mental is this Al Merrick Channel Islands Tri Plane Hull; this Steve Lis e-wing fish is next level; I wrote up a ton of Donald Takayamas, and this might have been the cleanest of the bunch.
Yes, I’m stoked about all the rad boards I got to write up, but I’m even more excited about the people I got to meet along the way. It was a pleasure to correspond with Steve Coletta about this insane Petacalco gun that he shaped. I loved speaking to Stephanie Akers Cohen, who was the graphic designer behind one of the all time great surf ads, and learning about her career.
I also started taking photos of surfboards myself. I’m biased but I like how some of the results turned out. Check out this mind blowing 70s Russell single fin. I don’t think I came close to capturing the beauty of that board but even so I still dig some of the photos.
One of the coolest boards I got to write up the entire year was the Fantastic Acid Parlementia Gun. Tristan constantly impresses me with his creations and I always look forward to seeing the stuff he whips up. If you’re not following along on Instagram, you’re missing out.
I also went deep down the kneeboard rabbit hole this year; I’m still frothing over some of these Chris Brock boards. One of the best parts about writing this blog is the fact I constantly get to learn more about shapers and surfing history.
We lost a lot of great people in 2021, including the likes of Phil Becker, Tom Morey, Mike Eaton, Greg Noll and Hap Jacobs, just to name a handful. Surf history is a terribly fragile thing. I hope this blog helps preserve the stories and the work of people who have helped shape this incredible lifestyle that we are so lucky to enjoy.
Thank you all and I wish you all a Happy New Year!