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Rick Sharp for Channel Islands Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Usually Sagas of Shred focuses on vintage surf ads, but tonight we’ve got something slightly different for you. Pictured below is a poster that appeared on a 1980 calendar for the famed Channel Islands Surfboards label. The poster was designed by artist Rick Sharp. I published a Rick Sharp O’Neill ad…

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Wayne Lynch & Rip Curl’s Rubber Revolution

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got the glorious combination of two of Victoria’s best known exports: Wayne Lynch’s brand of rugged, mysterious cool, and Rip Curl’s neoprene. I featured an earlier Rip Curl ad with Wayne Lynch from 1983, which has an almost identical layout to the one you see above. This time around,…

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1960s Gordon & Smith Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest edition of Sagas of Shred, where we publish a different vintage surf ad every Thursday evening. Today we’ve got a rad minimalist ad from venerable San Diego-based label Gordon & Smith Surfboards. I love the design of the ad itself, which still looks fresh today. The ad…

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60s Clark Foam & Bing Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a doubleheader for Sagas of Shred: a full page of vintage surf ads, featuring one spot for Clark Foam, and the other for Bing Surfboards. Bing has had some great ads over the years, and it’s cool to see the label still going strong today. Bing Copeland has…

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W.A.V.E. Set Fin Ad from 1970

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another killer W.A.V.E. Set fin ad for your viewing pleasure. This one is from January 1970, and I nabbed the image from the excellent stash of vintage fin ads over at The Finbox, which I can’t recommend enough. I love the design of the ad. It has some…

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David Nuuhiwa for Hang Ten

Greetings, Shredderz! Bing Copeland recently posted some awesome 60s Hang Ten ads on the Classic Bing Surfboards Facebook Group. Here’s one of my favorites of the bunch, featuring David Nuuhiwa with a beautiful Bing pintail. Not sure the exact year of the ad; I’d guess mid to late 60s sometime.

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The Bonzer

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an ad featuring an all time classic surfboard model: the Campbell Brothers’ tri fin Bonzer, produced in conjunction with Bing Surfboards. I found this Bing Bonzer ad via The Finbox, which has a truly amazing stash of vintage fin ads. Definitely check out the site when you can….

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Michael Ho for Offshore

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another classic Offshore ad from the Eighties, featuring North Shore fixture Michael Ho. (See here for an earlier Offshore ad, which is one of the favorites I have ever written up here on the blog.) Before we get into the ads, can we talk for a moment about…

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Breakfast of Champions: Nectar Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another classic thanks to the surf industry of the Eighties, which is responsible for some of the strangest, funniest and flat out entertaining ads I’ve seen. Picture below is a Nectar Surfboards ad for the Growler Model, starring shaper Craig Hollingsworth. Nectar was the initial US licensee for…

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Dick Brewer & Buzzy Trent for Hobie Surfboards

Does it get any more classic than this? Dick Brewer and Buzzy Trent, refining a surfboard made for waves guaranteed to terrify you, if not end your life outright. Brewer’s career is endlessly fascinating. His status as one of the greatest shapers ever is not for debate — and he still might be…

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