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Shaun Tomson for Astrodeck

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a young Shaun Tomson in an early Astrodeck ad. I believe the ad predates Astrodeck’s classic logo and designs. Here’s another early Astrodeck ad from 1982, featuring none other than Gerry Lopez. By comparison, here’s an Astrodeck ad from 1985, whose font and traction pads are what I…

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Skip Frye Gordon & Smith Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a classic ad that I’ve seen floating around the internet in various places. It’s too bad it’s not a higher quality scan, but oh well, it’s still worth featuring. Here’s a late 60s Gordon & Smith ad featuring two unusual Skip Fry designs: the Baby Gun and the…

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Clyde Aikau for Local Motion

Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s an amazing 1990 Local Motion ad featuring Clyde Aikau. I found this pic on eBay. I’m personally not down with dicing up old surf mags to sell individual ads in the hopes of turning a maybe $100 profit, so enjoy this thing for free. I love the swagger that just…

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1979 O’Neill Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an excellent O’Neill wetsuits ad from 1979. The ad features a stunning Bob Barbour photo of a duck dive that looks like a spot somewhere in Santa Cruz. As much as I love O’Neill, I wish I had a huge, high res version of the duck dive photo…

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1984 Rip Curl Pro Poster

Greetings, Shredderz! The Sagas of Shred series here on the blog features a different vintage surf ad every Thursday evening (California time). This time around we’re switching it up a bit. It’s Easter this Sunday, which means it’s time for the venerable Rip Curl Pro, held at Bells Beach in Torquay, Australia, future…

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1977 Herbie Fletcher Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! I can’t imagine many of you are wondering about my pet peeves, but here goes. If you’re the type of person that chops up a perfectly good surf magazine to sell each of the ads one by one on eBay, I think that’s lame as hell. And this is probably the…

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“Two Extreme” Dextra Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a Dextra Surfboards ad from the late 60s, I’m guessing. Dextra was one of the many so-called “pop out” manufacturers that were popular in the 60, referring to the fact these boards were mass produced in molds, versus traditional shaping methods. Based purely off of how many Dextra…

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Buttons for Local Motion

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a vintage Local Motion ad — 80s, maybe early 90s? — featuring the one and only Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani. I’ve actually featured two previous Buttons / Local Motion ads: see here for the first, and here for the second. Personally, this one is my favorite. Whoever designed this…

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Al Merrick, Hot & Spicy

Greetings, Shredderz! Look, let’s get this out of the way ASAP: Al Merrick is a legend. And even if that weren’t the case, my first ever surfboard (which you know I still own) was a Channel Islands stick, so I’ve got a natural fondness for the brand beyond its rich history. But for…

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Wings, Fins & Fun feat Gordon & Smith

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a 70s Gordon & Smith ad that goes deep on surfboard design and performance. It’s interesting to see the different fin templates in the ad, and especially what I believe is referred to as the Aussie wide base.

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