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Tri Plane Trio: Greenough & Chris Brock

Greetings, Shredderz! If you’ve been reading the blog or following along on Instagram for a while, you probably know that George Greenough is a frequent subject. Greenough’s contributions to surfboard design and performance are too numerous to cover in this post. The other thing that makes Greenough such an interesting dude is his…

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Freeline Design John Mel Twin Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Every once in a while a cool board pops up on Craigslist that’s worth a closer look. I’ve been intrigued by John Mel’s boards, shaped under the Freeline Design label, ever since a ding repair guy swore by his. Freeline Surf Shop, also owned by the Mel family, is a longtime…

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Pat Curren for Yater Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! For better or for worse, we live in a time when brands are hellbent on collaborating with one another. Far too often it seems like the emphasis is on the partnership itself, and not the end product. Decades before the term “collab” started showing up in marketing meetings, legendary big wave…

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Assorted Sweet Single Fins

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a few single fins that recently caught my eye. Keep scrolling for some more pics and some brief commentary. 6’10” Wave Tools Channel Bottom Single Fin This 1981 Lance Collins-shaped Wave Tools single fin was recently listed on Craigslist for a mere $250. While this board isn’t as…

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Diffenderfer Single Fin & A Pair of Chris Brock Twinnies

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another collection of submissions sent in from you, the readers! There’s some heat in here, including an early Mike Diffenderfer board and two Greenough-influenced kneeboards from Aussie label Sky Surfboards. Thanks again to anyone and everyone who’s taken the time to send pics of some rad sticks. Without…

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Occy for Billabong Circa 1990

Greetings, Shredderz! As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I don’t have much in the way of handyman skills anyway, so I guess it’s a good thing that Occy and Billabong is still as classic as it ever was. I found the ad below on Pinterest. According to the…

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Dogtown Razzle Dazzle: Zephyr Jeff Ho Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! I recently found myself watching “Lords of Dogtown”. As the movie opened with 70s Venice Beach in all its gritty glory, I wondered why I had waited so long to watch the movie. Well, I got my answer as soon as the first surfing scene came on. Hollywood has a rich…

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Happy Belated Birthday John Van Hamersveld

Greetings, Shredderz! Yesterday was John Van Hamersveld’s 80th birthday. If you don’t know Van Hamserveld’s name, you are almost certainly familiar with his work, as he designed the iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer”. It’s no exaggeration to say this is probably the single most influential piece of artwork in the…

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Stringerless 70s Hansen

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a sweet stick from Hansen Surfboards, the venerable San Diego label. The board measures 8’5″ and the seller believes it was shaped in the 70s. I love 70s boards. This Hansen is not only beautiful and in great shape, it’s also unusual. I’m not quite sure how to…

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