Vintage Body Glove Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Your Shreditor in Chief is still on the road — not on a surf trip, alas — which means that I’ll be relying on my advanced Google skills to bring you more vintage surf ads. Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features an awesome Seventies Body Glove ad, which you can see pictured above. I found the ad on the Urban Outfitters website, of all places. It seems that UO has done a few surf-themed re-issues lately, including a separate mini-revival of the beloved Gotcha brand.

The notable thing about the Body Glove ad is that it prominently features a few Zephyr Surfboards team riders. Zephyr is the legendary Venice Beach, Los Angeles brand from which modern skateboarding emerged, along with figures like Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, CR Stecyk, Tony Alva, and more.

The ad features a young Jay Adams (RIP); Nathan Pratt, who would later go on to found the LA-based Horizons West surfboard label; and a fully swagged out Allen Sarlo. (I featured a different Allen Sarlo / Body Glove ad a few weeks back, too.) I can’t tell what kind of board Pratt is holding, but you’ll notice it’s a sting with an unusual dual wing. Adams is toting a swallow tail Zephyr Team single fin, complete with signature Jeff Ho fin; and Sarlo has an absolutely classic Zephyr with what could very well be a CR Stecyk airbrush.

If you’re ever bored just look up a list of all the incredible shapers based out of the South Bay, starting with folks like Bing Copeland and Greg Noll, to Seventies fixtures like Jeff Ho, to current craftsmen like Tyler Hatzikian. California has no shortage of places with a rich history in surfing, but even by that standard, Los Angeles stands out. To me, the story of Zephyr and its incredible influence on skateboarding, surfing, and what we now take for granted as “California culture” is still underrated.

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next Thursday evening with another vintage surf ad for Sagas of Shred!

Allen Sarlo for Body Glove: Sagas of Shred

Style. Swagger. Gravitas.

What more is there to say about Allen Sarlo in this Body Glove ad?

We’ve featured Wave Killer a few times here on the blog. In fact, Sarlo was kind enough to send the photos that were featured in the second post. The ad you see here originally appeared in the Dec 1980 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 21, No 12). You probably guessed this already, but the Con with the Wave Killer laminate is epic enough, and we haven’t even gotten to the matching wetsuit yet! This might be one of my favorite Sagas of Shred posts yet.

Oh, and here’s a friendly reminder to mind your etiquette while surfing Malibu, courtesy of Wave Killer himself:

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next Thursday evening with more vintage surf ads!

Wave Killer Kills Again

Oh baby! We’ve got a Shred Sledz exclusive here, straight from the archives of Malibu legend Allen Sarlo. When I wrote my previous post about a Con Surfboards Wave Killer board I had spotted in Texas, I reached out to Sarlo for some more info. He was kind enough to send me these pictures of him with some incredible Wave Killer boards! Thank you Allen! If these don’t bring a smile to your face, then ShredSledz.net just might not be the blog for you.

Allen Sarlo: Wave Killer

Here at Shred Sledz we strive to bring you the raddest vintage sticks you can find, and I think we’ve got something special in store for you today. I apologize for the quality of the pics, but I make no apologies whatsoever for the quality of the content! (We’ve never claimed to be the most modest; just the most stoked.)

Located in Galveston, Texas, of all places, and posted on Craigslist is a beautiful Con surfboard that looks to be an Allen Sarlo “Wave Killer” model.

For some background, Allen Sarlo was one of the original Z-Boys of Venice Beach. Sarlo and the rest of the Z-Boys were the basis for the “Dogtown and Z-Boys” film that was released a little while back. Sarlo can still be found ripping Malibu today.

Sarlo’s nickname was “Wave Killer”, and he was sponsored by Con Surfboards, which is a Shred Sledz favorite. On this board you can see the distinctive red circular Con logo on the deck, and then a clear “Wave Killer” spray on the bottom. Here’s a picture of Sarlo surfing what looks to be a Con single fin. I would guess this picture is from sometime in the 80s:

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Photo Cred: Westside Historic

More to the point, however, one of Sarlo’s most famous boards was a Con shape with a different “Wave Killer” spray. This board was recently featured in the book “365 Surfboards”, along with a picture of Sarlo reunited with it. Here’s the picture below:

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Photo Cred: 365 Surfboards / The Inertia

Around five years ago, Hurley had a surfboard exhibit in Santa Monica where they showed off the very same model of Sarlo’s infamous Wave Killer board. I’ve included a picture from the exhibit below:

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Photo Cred: Gypsysurf

Now, the interesting thing is I can’t really find any information about the Wave Killer model itself. I can’t tell if Sarlo actually had a signature model that was made for a few years, or if this was a one-off spray job (or perhaps even a custom board made for Sarlo that somehow found its way to Galveston, Texas). Stoked-n-Board doesn’t list anything about a Sarlo model on its entry for Con Surfboards. If anyone has more info, please let me know!

If you want to check out the board on Craigslist, you can find the ad here. No price has been listed to date.

Finally, for extra credit, here’s an old Con ad featuring Sarlo in his glory days:

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Photo Cred: Ryan Stolper