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Victoria, Honolua & Imogen by Morgan Maassen

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a four pack of clips from a photographer who I believe is one of the most talented people documenting surfing today. Given this blog mostly focuses on vintage surfboards and surfboard design, I haven’t really had a chance to write much about Morgan Maassen. He is a must…

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Ben Aipa Twin Fin for Luke Egan

Greetings, Shredderz! Look, as you have probably noticed, I happen to dig surfboards in general. But if there’s one particular category that always gets my attention, it’s surfboards shaped by notable shapers, custom made with a specific, world class surfer in mind. Whether it’s the blades Al Merrick supplied Tom Curren over the…

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MP and Andrew McKinnon for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Fresh off my post earlier this week about a rare MP personal rider shaped under the Burford label, here is some more great material from Peterson’s brief but memorable turn as one of surfing’s brightest stars. Pictured here is a Rip Curl wetsuits ad that originally ran in Tracks Magazine in…

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Price Checks

California Gold 2020 Final Recap

Greetings, Shredderz! The 2020 edition of the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction closed over the weekend, and we finally get to see how much people were willing to pay for a wide selection of top shelf vintage sticks. Keep in mind that the prices below don’t even cover the 15% buyers’ premium, or,…

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Michael Peterson Surfboard: Rare Personal Rider

As an American, I have long held a fascination with Australia’s surf culture. Growing up, my local surf shop carried a selection of Aussie surf magazines, and I loved their irreverent take on the sport. To me, many aspects of Aussie surf culture are familiar, and yet there are endless differences to be…

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Vintage Hot Buttered Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Although I’ve only written a handful of posts about storied Aussie label Hot Buttered Surfboards, it remains one of my all time favorites. In particular I am drawn to the Seventies Hot Buttered boards, many of which boast incredible outlines and then far out spray jobs by master airbrusher Martyn Worthington….

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Price Checks

More Vintage Surfboard Fins

Greetings, Shredderz! The last time I wrote a Price Checks entry on vintage fins, I couldn’t believe that a single piece had crossed the $300 mark. Since that entry there have been a few more entries into the $300 club. Keep scrolling for more. 6.5″ Vintage Fin w/Broken Tab (eBay): $365 Yes, it’s…

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CALIFORNIA SOUL by Tatsuo Takei

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a brief one. If you’re in acute need of a medium-length video featuring a variety of surfers and sleds, look no further. See below for CALIFORNIA SOUL, a new short film by Tatsuo Takei, presented by Nobody Surf. There’s a ton of great stuff in here — too…

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70s Donald Takayama Single Fin for Surfing’s New Image

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a bitchin’ rig from longtime Shred Sledz contributor Steve Wray. Steve has been kind enough to share some choice selections from his quiver over the years. Mostly recently I wrote up a Wave Tools twin fin with a great checkerboard graphic. Steve also has a gorgeous Mike Slingerland-shaped…

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Mark Richards Gordon & Smith Ad from 1981

Greetings, Shredderz! Alas, I do not have a fresh magazine scan for you today, but what I do have is a vintage ad featuring Mark Richards. I believe the ad originally ran in 1981. The ad is actually for Richards’ stateside collaboration with Gordon & Smith, who produced licensed MR designs out of…

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