Greetings, Shredderz! That’s right, it’s time for some fresh selections of vintage surfboard goodness from social media. Check it out below.
Don’t see this everyday. 8’5” Rick Rasmussen Gun. Rick was a pro surfer from New York who charged Pipe during the 70’s getting the nod from Gerry Lopez. He later relocated to Bali to surf Uluwatu during the early days of Indo exploration. Unfortunately he would get caught up in drug trafficking that resulted in his death at the early age of 27 in a drug deal gone bad in NYC. Probably could make a movie on this guy. I’ve only ever seen one other Rick Rasmussen model board. #imagesbykurtsteinmetz
Let’s start this thing off right with an absolutely cherry Rick Rasmussen surfboard. Before Balaram Stack and Quincy Davis, Rasmussen was one of the few bright lights in New York’s otherwise dim history of pro surfers. It’s rare to find Rasmussen’s boards floating around, and this is one of the cleanest examples I have ever seen. As a native of the Empire State, I’m obligated to write up any awesome Rasmussen surfboard I come across.
Greenough windsurfers in a variety of shapes and forms – one about 12’ (my memory is hazy on this detail exactly) and intended for channel crossings. The board in the foreground of photo number 1 is a surfboard though, one of very few that GG made for close friends. @hodaddy_surf has just posted a photo of a collection of flex-spoon variant windsurfers, ones that are truly captivating crafts – if you’re so inclined, I have one at my shop and it’s available for fondling any time; for those interested in the deeper corners of experimentation not found in magazines, these examples would be that which you seek 🦄
George Greenough is as mysterious as he is influential. While Greenough’s designs still live on via many other talented shapers, it’s quite unusual to find actual Greenough shapes. Santa Barbara shaper Ryan Lovelace — a young and thoroughly modern shaper who insists on doing all of his boards by hand — featured a fascinating array of Greenough boards on his Instagram. Make sure you scroll through all the pics.
I mean, honestly, if we were lazy, we could just direct you to Luis Real’s Instagram feed. This man is a pretty prolific collector of vintage boards, and he often finds some real Hawaiian gems. If, like me, you’ve got a thing for the Eighties, there’s no better fix than a Town and Country thruster with a rad neon spray job.
I’ve featured the Campbell Brothers and their signature Bonzer design many times on Shred Sledz. They might be old school but don’t let that fool you: they post some of the best stuff on Instagram. I love this ultra clean 1976 Bonzer that was actually shaped under the William Dennis label. I have never seen another Malcolm Campbell board for the William Dennis label. Check out that resin job on the deck!