1980 Stussy Twin Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an early example of a Stussy twin fin. The board featured here is currently for sale on Craigslist in Seal Beach, in northern Orange County. All of the photos in this blog post are via the listing, which you can find here.

According to the seller, the Stussy twin fin you see above was shaped in 1980, right about the time when Stussy left Russell Surfboards to strike out on his own. You’ll notice an early version of the Stussy script logo, which was later modernized and updated. The board is 5’10” and no other dimensions are given.

The board also sports some Einstein-inspired artwork, which you can clearly see in the photo above. I believe that artwork was done by Stussy, but I can’t be 100% sure without getting verification from someone closer to the process. What’s interesting to me is that the artwork looks quite different from other Stussy boards I have seen. See below for a random selection of Stussy graphics for comparison.

The graphics above seem much cleaner than the more sketch-like example on the twin fin featured in this post. Even the earliest Stussy boards I have seen have very fine and precise line work, whereas the Einstein artwork on the twin fin looks quite rough. See below for an example of a random early Stussy board (which I think pre-dates the Stussy label).

I don’t mean to cast doubts, but I am struck by the difference in the artwork on the twin fin versus the other examples provided in this post. Consider this an observation or a question more than anything else. I feel pretty confident in saying that it’s a genuine Stussy surfboard — I can’t imagine any other explanation, although I was recently fooled by a bad Skip Frye imitation in Australia — but I’d love to get an explanation from someone who’s more in the know. As always, if you have some ideas, hit me up. You can check out the listing for the Stussy twin fin here.

Morey-Pope Camel

Greetings, Shredderz! Here at Shred Sledz HQ we are big fans of the great Tom Morey. I’ve written up a number of Morey-Pope boards before, including a few different Camel variants, including the 3/4 Camel, the Sopwith Camel and the Camel Mini-Pepper. The Morey-Pope label, with its experimental designs and out there branding, is clearly the product of Tom Morey’s prolific and eccentric mind. Today we will be taking a peek at a cool Morey-Pope Camel — no crazy model names here, I’m afraid — that is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego. You can find a link to the Craigslist listing here.

The Morey-Pope Camel pictured above measures in at 7’0″ x 20 1/2″ x 3 5/8″. I’m guessing the Morey-Pope Camel surfboard was made in 1968 or 1969, but I can’t be sure.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: I love the little details on the Morey-Pope surfboards, particularly the small labels on the bottom near the fin box. As you can see there’s a script “Morey-Pope & Company” label running parallel to the box — W.A.V.E. Set, of course, which was invented by Morey — and then a number towards the tail. The Craigslist board is #352. Sadly, I don’t know anything about the numbering on Morey-Pope boards, but if you have more details please do drop me a line.

Last but certainly not least, the seller included an incredible 1969 ad for the Morey-Pope Camel which you can see above. Definitely click to enlarge — it is well worth a closer read. This ad goes into some detail on the different variants of the Camel, including the Sopwith Camel, the aforementioned 3/4 Camel, the King Camel (which I had never heard of before), and the Camel Gun. The board pictured above is a Camel Gun example. You can see the Craigslist board has a nearly identical circular patch near the center on the deck. In addition, the Camel Gun has a far more pulled in nose and tail, per the description on the ad.

The ad reminds me of everything I love so much about Morey-Pope, and by extension, Tom Morey. It’s insane to think that this ad is fifty years old. Yet before the proper shortboard had been invented Morey was thinking far ahead of the surfboard industry on things like measuring the volume of boards. The ad is an absolute trip, whether it’s the bonkers copy — can someone explain Pantographic Scaling to me? — or the sheer density of information contained within a two page spread. It gives you a small idea of what must have been going through Morey’s hyperactive mind during this particularly open-minded period of surfboard design in the late Sixties.

See below for another Morey-Pope Camel ad I posted a while back. And if you’re interested in the Camel gun featured above, check out the listing here.

Zephyr Surfboards Duo

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post won’t be very long and I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos. But any time a Zephyr Surfboard pops up, I’m contractually obligated to write about it here.

There are actually two Zephyr Surfboards currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. You can find a link to the original listing here. The seller is asking $15,000 for both boards. I happen to think that’s a tall order, but I’d rather focus on the boards. The first board is gorgeous, and it has a great Seventies airbrush, complete with a dolphin cavorting through the clouds. I know CR Stecyk did some airbrushes for Zephyr boards, but I have zero idea whether this is his artwork.

The second board being listed for sale is a bit on the funky side. I’m immediately drawn to the differences in the logos between the two boards. You’ll notice the airbrushed single fin at the top of the page is clearly a Zephyr board; the triple stringer single fin, pictured directly above, bears the “Jeff Ho Surfboards & Zephyr Productions” label. I’ve seen other early Jeff Ho boards without the Zephyr branding. Here’s an example of a Jeff Ho single fin I featured earlier (this was literally one of the first blog posts I wrote three plus years ago, so go easy.)

The triple stringer Zephyr board also comes with an interesting looking fin. I don’t know anything about the fin template, but to me it looks all original. The fin screw with the eyelet and the rope is definitely something I have seen from other Seventies sticks, too.

It’s also worth mentioning that I think these same exact boards were sold very recently via Surfing Cowboys. If you look at the Instagram post below, Surfing Cowboys claims they sold these two boards in September of this year. A price was not listed.

In addition, I was able to find a pic of the airbrushed board on Instagram.

I have no idea who owns the boards right now, or how they got there, but I think it’s worth mentioning to any prospective buyers.

You can check out the listing for these two Seventies Zephyr Surfboards single fins here.

Seventies Rick Surfboards Phil Becker Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a very quick hit for you today, but one worth your time nonetheless (I hope, anyway). Of all the defunct surfboard brands out there, Rick Surfboards is definitely one of my favorites. Rick is the namesake of the late, great Rick Stoner, who was an early business partner of Bing Copeland. For a quick primer on the Rick Surfboards label, check out this Deep Dive I wrote up a little while back.

Rick Surfboards is probably best known for its various longboard models. It’s hard to argue with this logic, given that Rick’s short history included the legendary UFO Model and a Barry Kanaiaupuni noserider, among others. That said, I have a real soft spot for Rick Surfboards classic Seventies single fins, many of which were shaped by Phil Becker.

The board you see here is a beautiful Rick Surfboards single fin that’s currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. You can find the listing here. (Note: I do not know the seller.) According to the seller, the board was purchased in 1976 from famed surf shop Val Surf. The seller claims to still have the original receipt for the board, although it’s not included on the listing. The board is 7’11” x 22″ x 3″.

I’ve heard that Phil Becker signed his boards with the year in which they were shaped (in this case, 1976), and the number after the hyphen represents a sequential number for the calendar year. In other words, if I’m correct, the Rick Surfboards single fin would be the 1,005th board Becker shaped during 1976. According to this LA Times article, that’s not even halfway through an average year for Becker, who apparently shaped 11 boards a day, to the tune of 2,500 every year.

I think this board is gorgeous, whether it’s the outline, the simple but striking red color, the blue resin pin line, and then the cool gradient graphics on the Rick Surfboards logo. As you can see, it’s in pretty good shape for a board that’s forty three years old, too. The seller is asking $900. On one hand, I get it — this is a beautiful vintage surfboard with plenty of pedigree. On the other, I think the price is a bit on the high end, but I certainly wouldn’t fault anyone for scooping up this shape. Check out the listing here if you’re interested.

Rip Curl Owl Chapman Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an unusual stick for you that represents one of my favorite corners of surf history: Australian / Hawaiian mash-ups. Last week’s Social Media Roundup featured MR and his collaborations with Ben Aipa on the latter’s famous sting. MR also recently posted an awesome photo of some boards he had worked on with Dick Brewer. Today’s post features a rad Owl Chapman single fin shaped under Rip Curl, the legendary Australian brand best known for its wetsuits. The photos of the board come courtesy of a reader who goes by Red Robo; give him a follow on Instagram if you’re into more pics of sweet Aussie sticks.

I’ve been told the photo above shows Owl shaping some boards during a 1977 visit to Torquay. I spent an appalling amount of time going through the Australian National Surfing Museum’s Facebook page to try and find the original version of the photo, but didn’t have any luck. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Chapman not only visited Australia multiple times, but also shaped boards during this time. Surf Research notes that Chapman shaped boards for Goodtime Surfboards during pit stops in the Seventies. The Vintage Surfboard Collectors group on Facebook has a couple of cool examples of Goodtime boards shaped by Owl. Here’s a ridiculous Goodtime / Owl board with a Shane Egan airbrush, which I posted about on Instagram below; and here’s another insane example of a Goodtime / Owl stick.

And if you still haven’t had your fill of Owl’s Australian collaborations, the cool folks at Von Weirdos sold a sweet single fin that Chapman shaped under Terry Fitzgerald’s Hot Buttered label.

The Owl Chapman board you see here is 6’6″ x 20″ x 2 3/4″. The board’s owner estimates the board was likely shaped in 1977. I also understand this board was a little shorter than what Chapman was usually shaping at the time, but it was crafted for smaller Bells Beach and other nearby Victoria breaks.

There are numerous references to Owl Chapman and Michael Peterson taking a road trip down to Bells Beach in 1977 after MP won the Stubbies contest. Cheyne Horan mentioned the trip in a recent Tracks writeup. A commenter in the Vintage Surfboard Collectors group referred to the trip as the “Fear and Loathing trip”, and given Chapman and Peterson’s reputations, it’s likely this is a tame description of what actually transpired. Apparently MP and Chapman concluded the road trip in Torquay, where they both shaped boards at the Rip Curl factory. I can’t say whether the board featured here in the post is one of them, but it’s definitely a cool story involving two of surfing’s all-time great characters.

It’s interesting to note the board has both a Rip Curl laminate on the bottom, as well as the classic Owl Chapman Underground logo on the deck. For my money, the Owl Chapman Underground laminate is one of the classics. You can see the board has also been clearly signed on the stringer.

I was able to find exactly two other Owl Chapman Underground Rip Curl surfboards. One is a wing pin on the Vintage Surfboard Collectors Facebook group; the other was featured on Facebook Marketplace. I have reproduced the photos of the Marketplace board above. It looks like someone might have made off like a bandit with that one; as far as I can tell the board was listed for a mere $100 on Facebook somewhere in Australia.

Thanks again to Red for sharing pictures of this awesome Rip Curl / Owl Chapman single fin!

Photo at the top of the page by Peter Crawford and found on Cargo Collective.

Seventies Dyno David Nuuhiwa Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post falls in the short but sweet category. All we have for you tonight is a sweet stick, courtesy of yet another generous reader. The board you see featured in this post is a beautiful Seventies Dyno Surfboards David Nuuhiwa single fin. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge.

The Dyno David Nuuhiwa surfboard has a beautiful airbrush along the rails and the full beak nose that is practically standard on Seventies single fins.

I’ll never get tired of the simple and beautiful lines of well-crafted single fins. The Nuuhiwa board pictured here definitely does not disappoint. I love the outline, the substantial amount of foam that has been tucked into the shape — this thing probably paddles like a Cadillac — and finally, I’m also partial to the swallow tail / single fin combo.

And if you weren’t already sold, the fin on this bad boy is ridiculous. I’m not sure if the fin came with the board, but it looks pretty similar to the airbrush on the deck. The fin alone is worth the price of admission for me.

Sadly, I don’t have some of the key details on this board, such as the dimensions, and who might have shaped it. That said, Terry Martin, Steve Walden and Steve Brom were some of the main shapers producing boards under the Dyno Surfboards label at the time. There is no signature on this Dyno David Nuuhiwa model, just a serial number. On a side note, I have seen “standard” Dyno Surfboards with just the bird logo referred to as David Nuuhiwa boards. I think this is incorrect. You’ll notice the board in this post has a clear David Nuuhiwa script beneath the Dyno logo, and while this seems obvious in hindsight, I think it’s worth pointing out.

For bonus reading, check out some Instagram posts below that go into Nuuhiwa’s involvement with a few different labels, including Dyno and his own namesake brand.

Phil Edwards Honolulu Follow Up

Greetings, Shredderz! Some of you may recall a gorgeous Phil Edwards Honolulu surfboard I recently wrote up, which remains one of my favorite boards I have featured on this blog. Well, I’m happy to report that the board has begun its journey back to Hawaii. The Phil Edwards Honolulu model made a pitstop in San Diego with none other than Joel Tudor.

The board was surfed but I understand the conditions weren’t anything to write home about. Even so I’m so stoked to think that this was probably the first time the board had seen the Pacific Ocean in at least forty plus years. I also can’t wait to see when it goes back into the water in Hawaii, too. Stay tuned for more.

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Testing 1…2…3 Hawaii time soon

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Finally, if you look in the comments in the Instagram post above, it looks as if Tudor nabbed a template off the board. Excited to see what other designs this ends up inspiring.

Thanks to Todd Pinder for the photos, and check out an earlier Shaper Spotlight feature on Pinder here.

US License Mark Richards Twin Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a quick hit for you tonight, but one that I think is still very much worth your valuable time. I originally saw this US-made Mark Richards twin fin on the awesome Vintage Surfboards Collectors Facebook group. You can find a link to the original post here. It’s a private FB group, but given that I’m a member, you know there aren’t any real standards. The board’s owner was kind enough to give me permission to run the pics here on the blog.

The board measures in at 5’10” and it was shaped sometime during the Eighties. I absolutely cannot get over the gorgeous airbrush on this thing! Is it me or are gradient airbrushes not nearly as popular as they used to be? And I can’t help but admire the way the color scheme is echoed in the laminate. The fins are a newer reproduction, but they look beautiful on the board.

Even better, the owner was able to contact Robin Prodanovich, who was one of Gordon & Smith’s production shapers at the time. (Side note: Prodanovich’s son, Todd, is an editor at Surfer Magazine.) The US-license MR boards were shaped out of the G&S factory in San Diego. Prodanovich had the following to say about the board:

There were other shapers besides myself, that shaped the MR twins and single fins at G&S. I did the bulk of them, but Hank Warner, Terry Goldsmith, Hoy Runnels, and Mike Richardson did their fair share. Larry Gordon would not allow any of the shapers to sign their shapes, so each guy had his own secret way of “signing” their work. I always placed a pencil dot between the numbers that indicated length, so a 6’2” length would be indicated as 6.2, and the dot would be raised to about the centerline of the numbers. I don’t recall how the other boys did theirs. Eventually Larry gave in and let us sign our work.

For more on this rad stick, check out the post in the Vintage Surfboard Collectors Facebook group.

Vintage Al Merrick Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! The weekend might be coming to a close but we’ve still got some heat for you before Monday rolls around. Yes, what you see here is a gorgeous vintage Al Merrick surfboard. Even better, the board has a beautiful airbrush courtesy of artist Bernie Tsao, and some other cool bells and whistles. 2019 marks the 50th year of Channel Islands Surfboards, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that incredible milestone than with a genuine Merrick hand shaped vintage stick. Many thanks to Shred Sledz reader Hanh, who was kind enough to pass along the photos you see here.

Make sure you click the photos above to enlarge. The absolutely killer vintage Al Merrick surfboard you see above measures in at 6’3″ x 20 1/4″ x 2 3/4″. It has double wings that end in a round tail, and a cool channel bottom that is accented by a killer airbrush. I love any and all vintage Channel Islands boards, but I have a particular soft spot for the single fins and the twins, which seem to be a bit more unusual. According to the board’s current owner, the board was shaped in 1983. The CI hexagon logo on the deck is a sticker, so I don’t think it’s an accurate representation of the CI logos during this era. By contrast, check out the CI hexagon logo on the bottom, which is a simple and uniform grey.

The airbrush, as you can plainly see, is ridiculous. I love the way it follows the contours of the channel bottom. You don’t see a ton of vintage Channel Islands with elaborate artwork, but I love everything that’s going on here. The airbrush was done by a gentleman by the name of Bernie Tsao. The board’s owner tells me that Bernie got his start making boards with David Pu’u, and did stints with folks like Bob Haakenson before moving to Kauai, where he lives today. By now you may also know that I’m a sucker for old school fins, and this vintage Al Merrick surfboard certainly does not disappoint in that department.

I’m intrigued by the channel bottom on this vintage Al Merrick surfboard. There’s another Eighties CI with a similar bottom that can be found on the excellent Vintage Surfboard Collectors Facebook Group. In addition, the board featured in this post looks similar to an earlier Channel Islands Surfboards Tri Plane Hull single fin I wrote up. Buggs has also featured a cool CI twin fin on his Instagram with a very similar looking bottom.

Last but certainly not least, you know I had to go deep on the Al Merrick signature. The board clearly has Al’s hand-written signature, versus the simple fish design that can be found on many stock CI boards, which were shaped by production shapers. It also has a “Shaped & Designed by Al Merrick” laminate, which you don’t see a ton. For more on identifying Al’s signatures, check out these earlier blog posts here and here. I’m not sure when exactly Channel Islands started using shaping machines to assist in their production. CI’s use of production shapers, however, goes back to at the least the Seventies, when folks like Bob Krause were producing boards for the venerable label.

Thanks again to Hanh for providing the pics of this sweet vintage Al Merrick surfboard, and I hope you enjoyed checking out this stick!

Yes, Another Vintage Liddle

You sick of seeing these vintage Liddle single fins yet? Me neither. This gem was lurking on Craigslist in Orange County last week before the listing was taken down. I have to assume the board was snapped up by another collector.

The Liddle single fin you see pictured here measures 7’1″, and it’s far more of a traditional Seventies single fin outline than the displacement hulls that one mostly associates with Greg Liddle and his eponymous label.

The board featured in this post is similar to another Liddle single fin I wrote up a little over a year ago. For whatever reason, the orange laminates mostly appear on older Liddle boards. I’m not entirely sure why that is, but I can’t think of any post 2000s Liddle boards I’ve seen with an orange laminate.

The Liddle single fin isn’t in pristine condition, but all things considered it is in pretty good shape. The board was listed on Craigslist for $800, which seems about right given everything going on. I tend to think the hulls command a bit of a higher price than the standard single fins, but I’m down with both.

And no blog post on a vintage Liddle would be complete without some complete overkill on analyzing the signature on the board. I wrote up an Eighties Liddle hull last week, and in the post I did some analysis around the serial numbers of various vintage Liddles, as well as the dates assigned to the serial numbers per the Liddle Surfboards website.

Judging from the outline of the orange laminate board here, as well as the single fin setup, it’s almost certainly shaped in the Seventies, or maybe the Eighties. For example, see here for some similar boards from the Liddle website — single fin round pins, just like the one above — that are dated to the Seventies or Eighties. I have also heard that an X on the signature, like the one above, denotes a stock shop board (versus a custom shape).

I’m having trouble reconciling the number on this board — X-1036 — with other similar boards I have seen. For example, I wrote up a different Liddle single fin that looks like it was shaped around the same time as X-1036, and the other board has X-142 written on the stringer. I have reproduced the photos below.

First, I’m not quite sure why the “X” boards are numbered differently. As a reminder, the hull I wrote up last week had the serial number #3070; and before that, I wrote up a single fin with serial number #3249. But even looking strictly at the X boards, I have hard time thinking those numbers are sequential. In other words, I can’t imagine that there are nearly 1,000 boards that were shaped between X-142, the board immediately above; and X-1036, the orange laminate single fin that is the subject of this post.

If you’re a Liddle-ologist with more insight into how Greg numbered his boards, I’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed the pics of this neat vintage Seventies Liddle single fin.