Rick Griffin for Greg Noll Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features something a bit more classy than the usual Eighties neon ridiculousness. What you see here is a Rick Griffin-designed ad for Greg Noll Surfboards. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever posted anything by Rick Griffin to this blog, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Griffin was famous for his psychedelic designs in the Sixties, and unlike most of the people I cover here on the blog, he even has his own Wikipedia page. Sadly, Griffin’s archives were destroyed in one of the recent wildfires that hit Southern California (and a belated RIP to Randy Nauert, who was the caretaker of Griffin’s archives.) I originally found this Noll ad somewhere on Pinterest, and I think it’s a great example of the classic surf designs of the Sixties. Griffin’s work grew to be more colorful and out there as his career progressed, and for more on his famous designs, I recommend checking out his website as well as the accompanying Instagram account. Sadly, Griffin passed away in the early Nineties, but as you can see he left behind an incredible legacy and some fantastic artwork.

Bob Hurley for Windansea Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! There’s a Windansea Surfboards single fin currently listed for sale on Craigslist in the Inland Empire (of all places). You can find a link to the board here. It is a clean example of a classic Seventies single fin, but even better, the board was shaped by none other than Bob Hurley. The timing here is a bit ironic, given that Nike recently announced the sale of the Hurley brand to a decidedly non-core sounding company named Bluestar Alliance, representing the latest blow to the once-flush surfwear industry. And yeah, we’re getting a bit off topic now, but it’s worth remembering Bob Hurley’s remarkable career. By the late Nineties Hurley was already a surf industry fixture, having spent years running Billabong’s US business. But in the late Nineties Hurley stepped away from a comfortable perch at Billabong to strike out on his own, and later sold his eponymous brand to Nike for tons of cash. If nothing else, the man is an incredible entrepreneur, and one who took a huge risk when he had everything to lose.

Even better, before Hurley became a clothing magnate he was a well-regarded shaper in Orange County. Hurley shaped under a few labels, including his own Hurley Surfboards / International Pro Designs brand.

Hurley also shaped for a few other brands, including Lighting Bolt, and Hot Stuff Surfboards, where he shaped some of the Rabbit Bartholomew twin fin models in the US.

In the mid Seventies, Hurley also spent some time at Windansea Surfboards. I don’t know the exact years Hurley spent at the label, but we do know that in 1976 Hurley was churning out shapes for Windansea. I have a real soft spot for the rare and obscure brands where famous shapers got their starts, and the Hurley / Windansea combo definitely counts.

You don’t see a ton of Hurley’s Windansea Surfboards sticks floating around these days, much less ones in great condition. I’ve only seen a handful of Hurley Windansea boards, including one below, which was sold a little while back on eBay.

Of the Windansea Surfboards shaped by Bob Hurley that I have seen, all of them were signed on the deck in pen, like the board above. I don’t have a reliable way of identifying the boards otherwise, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some Hurley boards out there that he didn’t sign.

The board you see above is the Windansea Surfboards Bob Hurley single fin that’s currently for sale on Craigslist. As you can see, it’s in fantastic condition, especially considering its age. The board is listed for sale at $575. There are no dimensions listed on the ad, but according to an earlier listing, the board measures 6’11” x 20″ x 2.5″. Maybe I’m a bit salty because I missed out, but the Windansea stick you see here was actually listed on Craigslist over a week ago at a significantly cheaper price. That said, I can’t write about how much I admire Hurley for his business acumen and then get mad at some enterprising Craigslist sellers for leaping on a good opportunity.

Anyway, as you can see from the photos above, the Craigslist Windansea board is pretty stunning. I love the colors and by now you should know that I’m an absolute sucker for an original matching fin. I think the price is on the ambitious side, but on the other hand, at times I’m surprised there isn’t more of a market for Hurley’s shapes. As mentioned earlier, surf history will no doubt remember Hurley as one of the greatest businessmen the industry has ever seen. More importantly, Hurley had long since established himself as a respected shaper before he went on to helm not one but two all-time surf brands. I’m pretty neutral on the surf industry, but you have to respect the fact that all the big brands, whether it was Gordon Merchant at Billabong, Bob McKnight at Quiksilver, Richard Woolcott at Volcom, or Doug “Claw” Warbrick at Rip Curl, were all built by people who surfed, first and foremost. Bob Hurley is definitely in that category, and I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to his career than by celebrating the handmade creations that started him off on his journey.

Bing David Nuuhiwa Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Yes, it’s Thursday night, and yes, we are here to give you some more vintage surf ad goodness! Sadly, there won’t be any fresh scans of ads for the rest of the year, so I am forced to resort to digging up some goodies available online. Today’s Bing Surfboards David Nuuhiwa ad comes courtesy of an old California Gold Surf Auction listing for a sweet Bing Nuuhiwa Lightweight Model. The ad itself, however, is for Nuuhiwa’s Noseriding Model. I’m not sure what year the ad ran but I’m guessing it was sometime in the mid Sixties.

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next week for more Sagas of Shred!

Dewey Weber Iggy Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a quick hit for you, featuring an example of the famous Dewey Weber Iggy Model. The Iggy Model is the namesake of Harold “Iggy” Ige. Ige was a team rider and the head shaper at Dewey Weber for years, and he helped design some of the brand’s most famous boards, such as the Dewey Weber Performer. According to the Encyclopedia of Surfing, the Dewey Weber Iggy Model was introduced in 1966.

The Iggy Model you see here was posted to Craigslist recently. All the photos here are via the original Craigslist post. The original post has since been taken down, but there’s another post from the same seller offering a bunch of cool Sixties longboards.

I’ve documented a few of Ige’s shapes before here on the blog and Instagram, but both of the boards were for Ige’s The Surfboard Shaping Co label. The Dewey Weber Iggy Model is a classic longboard, and I thought it was worth documenting given that there aren’t too many photos of the board available online.

The seller was also kind enough to post some cool close up shots of the fin, one of which you can see directly above.

I was able to find a few other Dewey Weber Iggy Model boards online, one of which can still be found on Jamboards. It’s interesting to note that the Jamboards Iggy Model has a very different fin. The blue fin board also has double laminates on either side of the center stringer; the Jamboards example has a competition stripe and one laminate. See below for photos of the Iggy Model on Jamboards.

Surfing-Waves.com has photos of another Iggy Model with a blue fin that is similar to the fin design on the Craigslist board. The Surfing-Waves board also has the same dual-laminate setup.

Davenport Surfboards also has a cool writeup of another Dewey Weber Iggy Model, with some valuable information on the design of the board itself. Here’s what Davenport had to say about the Iggy Model:

Back in the 1960’s the Iggy model was way ahead of its time featuring an “S” deck profile, 60/40 rails in the tail and the famous scoop rocker that most 1960’s era Webers are famous for.

I can’t verify these details, but I tend to trust the description. I wish I had more details on the Iggy Model, but info is scant. Weber’s current webpage mentions the 1967 Iggy Model in a way that makes me wonder if there was something special about that particular board. At the very least, comparing the Jamboards example to the one featured at the top of the page, it seems like there were two separate fin designs. If you know more don’t hesitate to share!

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.

Canyon Surfboards Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! It is Thursday evening, so as is customary around these parts, we’re serving up a fresh scan of a vintage surf ad. This time around we have an advertisement that originally appeared in the April 1984 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 25, No 4). But we also have an example of a rad Canyon Surfboards stick — shaped by Rusty, natch — which we’ll get to in a bit.

I love learning about the early labels of various shapers’ careers, whether it’s Shawn Stussy cutting his teeth at Russell Surfboards, Gerry Lopez’s stint at Surf Line Hawaii, or countless others that I haven’t covered yet. Rusty Preisendorfer had established himself as a top shaper well before he established the eponymous brand that would make him something of a surf mogul. By the early Eighties, Rusty had already shaped boards for world champs Peter Townend and Shaun Tomson.

There’s a comprehensive San Diego Reader article that has a nice profile of Rusty and his early shaping career. According to the article, Canyon Surfboards was a collaboration between Rusty and his longtime glasser, John Durward. Durward owned Canyon Glass, which glassed most of Rusty’s shapes, and at some point the two men went into business together. Later on Canyon Surfboards would become the official licensee for Shaun Tomson’s personal line of shapes.

You’ll notice the ad features Peter Townend, Tomson and Dave Parmenter, among others. The sheer number of surfers Rusty has shaped for during his long career is mind-blowing, not to mention his role informally tutoring folks like Parmenter, who has gone on to become one of the foremost authorities in building surf craft.

There also happens to be a nice and clean Canyon Surfboards twin fin listed for sale on Craigslist in the Bay Area. You can find the listing here. I really the Canyon Surfboards label, which Rusty designed himself, having majored in visual arts at UCSD.

The board was shaped by Rusty, as clearly indicated on the signature, and it has a neat pair of Star System fins, complete with an Eighties-appropriate checkerboard print.

Even after all the accolades and the decades spent in the surfboard industry, I suspect Rusty might still be underrated. At the very least, I’m a little surprised that there isn’t more attention around Rusty’s earlier boards, whether they were shaped under the Canyon Surfboards and/or the Music! labels. That said, I think Rusty is easily considered one of the greatest living shapers in California, and at some point I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a renewed interest in the shapes he produced towards the beginning of his career.

Standing Room Only

Greetings, Shredderz! Today I don’t have a whole lot in the way of words, but I do have some great classic footage to share. I recently stumbled across this video on YouTube, which you can see in its entirety below. This is “Standing Room Only”, a classic Seventies surf flick directed by Allen Main and Hugh Thomas. I don’t know much about the movie or the directors, but the YouTube clip appears to have the full length flick. The quality can be spotty at times — it appears to be missing frames — but there’s still plenty of good stuff to dig into, including an extended Larry Bertlemann section, as well as footage of Mark Richards with a quiver of yellow Lightning Bolt boards. Lyttlestreet happened to post a clip on Instagram earlier today, and it appears that he must have a higher quality source of the original flick. Anyway, check it out below if you’re looking for some classic Seventies surf footage.

Movie poster image at the top of the page via Man of the World

Harbour New Sol: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! If you’re here in California it’s the waning hours of Thanksgiving. For those celebrating I hope you had a wonderful day of gratitude, hopefully spent in the company of family, friends and some swell. Today we’ll be pointing you towards one of our favorite sources of vintage surfboard goodness: the Harbour Surfboards advertising archive. The archive has a ton of high quality scans of ads spanning Harbour’s fifty plus years in business, and it’s definitely worth a visit. I chose this particular ad — which features a model called the New Sol — because it also features one Herbie Fletcher. I had no idea Fletcher had anything to do with Harbour Surfboards, but hey, there’s never anything wrong with learning new things. The ad originally ran in the Jan 1967 issue of Surfer Magazine, which means Fletcher was only nineteen when the New Sol was released. I had never heard of Bill Fury before seeing this ad, but I was able to find this tribute to Fury on the Surfing Walk of Fame website.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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.

Social Media Roundup: Nov 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of the month again. Here’s a selection of some of my favorite social media posts from the last month or so.

This board is absolutely ridiculous! I am slowly but surely working on my knowledge of Aussie surfboards and shapers. Here’s a Rip Curl board shaped by Alan Colk. According to the peerless surfresearch.com.au, Colk shaped for Rip Curl in 1974. I previously wrote up an Owl Chapman stick crafted for the Rip Curl label. Anyway, this board is impeccable, from the airbrush to the timber inlay fin.

Speaking of Australian shapers, here’s Victoria legend Maurice Cole posing alongside a board he shaped for Tom Curren. You’re probably familiar with the timeless Curren cutback shot, taken by Tom Servais at Backdoor in 1991. In that shot Curren is surfing a 7’8″ reverse vee thruster shaped by Maurice Cole. You can see more on the 7’8″ here, from when it was sold at a recent auction. The board above is nearly identical — there are no stickers, like the board in the Servais photo, and it has the same neon yellow rails — but it’s 8’0″.

Here’s an awesome photo of Larry Bertlemann and Aipa from someone’s private photo stash. This is one of the classic shaper / surfer pairings from the Seventies — the inventor of the sting with one of his star test pilots.

Here’s Terry Fitzgerald with an absolute heat seeking missile tucked beneath his arm. The photo is by Dan Merkel and someone in the comments claims it was taken at Honolua Bay. For more on Fitz’s Hawaiian adventures, check out this board he made for Dick Brewer, and then this colorful Fitz / Lightning Bolt shape.

Last but certainly not least, we have the first ever Scorpion shaped by Donald Takayama! The Scorpion is one of DT’s best known models, but I’m surprised at how little information there is available about the board anywhere online. Click through to the comments for some cool stories from folks like Joel Tudor and Peter St Pierre about surfing this thing.