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Rick Surfboards Flex Tail Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! For this week’s Sagas of Shred entry we’ve got a doozy for you. Pictured below is a Rick Surfboards ad from the late Sixties, featuring what looks to be a flex tail displacement hull. I originally found the ad on Pinterest. It’s crazy to think about how the design principles expressed…

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Seventies Mike Diffenderfer Sting

Greetings, Shredderz! Mike Diffenderfer’s Encyclopedia of Surfing entry describes him as “the Michelangelo of surfboard shapers”, and I don’t know there’s anything more I can add to that description. One day, with a lot of hard work and even more luck, yours truly might be known as the “Michelangelo of low budget surfboard…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Classic Noseriders & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekend Grab Bag. Yes, it’s technically a Monday, but as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I figured we can simultaneously reflect upon the legacy of a true civil rights icon and check out some righteous sleds. Per Weekend Grab Bag rules, all the…

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Sagas of Shred

1967 Bing Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an amazing Bing Surfboards ad all the way back from 1967. I found this ad on Pinterest. Link to the original image can be found here. First, I love the hand drawn artwork. I don’t know who the artist is but the result is an ad that grabs…

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Vintage Channel Islands Thruster

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a board for you straight from my own humble quiver, with photos taken by yours truly. As much as I love finding gems on Craigslist — especially if there are great photos included — one goal for the upcoming year is to feature more boards that I have…

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More Devon Howard

Greetings, Shredderz! A few weeks back I was deep in a YouTube rabbit hole when I realized that Devon Howard had quietly uploaded two videos to his channel. I’m a bit blown away by the fact that these edits don’t have a ton of views, but I guess surf footage that isn’t posted…

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Sixties Gordon & Smith Skip Frye Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a Sixties ad for the classic Gordon & Smith Skip Frye Model. (For perhaps the cleanest ever G&S Skip Frye Model I have ever seen, check out this post from last year.) I’m not sure exactly when the ad appeared, but it was early enough in Surfer Magazine’s…

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80s Ben Aipa T&C Thruster

Greetings, Shredderz! Given the non-stop swell that has been hammering Hawaii’s North Shore lately, I figured I’d feature this board from one of the unquestioned greats of Hawaiian board building. Pictured here is a killer 1986 Ben Aipa thruster shaped for Town & Country. Many thanks to the man known as Shad for…

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Shaper Spotlight

Fantastic Acid Parlementia Gun

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we are featuring a beautiful and functional hand shaped surfboard, courtesy of Tristan Mausse AKA the man behind Fantastic Acid. Tristan is a French surfboard shaper who is based out of French Basque Country. He shapes stunning displacement hulls under the Fantastic Acid label, and a whole bunch of other…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Dick Brewer Downrail Single Fin & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the inaugural Weekend Grab Bag of 2021. It might be a New Year but we’re still obsessively refreshing Craigslist in search of some screaming surfboard deals. As always, the boards below are all currently for sale as of publishing time. Today we’ve got a couple of goodies, including a…

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