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1989 Astrodeck Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an ad that originally appeared in the September 1989 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 30, No 9). We’ve featured Herbie Fletcher and his projects more than a few times here (and let’s not forget his wife Dibi, who I believe is instrumental in running Astrodeck.) Fletcher has always…

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Astrodeck Pottz Pro Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Look, I might be on vacation (no surfing for me over the next few weeks, I’m afraid), but Sagas of Shred continues, paid time off or not. I’m away from my trusty stash of vintage Surfer magazines, so I’ll mostly be plucking some choice scans from the internet. Pictured here is…

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Gerry Lopez Astrodeck: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s entry in Sagas of Shred — the series in which we feature a different vintage surf advertisement every Thursday night, California time — is an unexpected pairing in the form of a Gerry Lopez Astrodeck ad. Even though Astrodeck inventor Herbie Fletcher originally hails from California, he has a long…

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Astrodeck Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! As promised, we have another episode of Sagas of Shred, which features various bits of surf history from over the years. We have written about old Astrodeck ads before, but hey, you gotta keep drawing from the well until it’s dry! Today’s installment is an Astrodeck ad from the 1980s that…

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1980s Astrodeck Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest installment of Sagas of Shred, where I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of surf culture from years past. Pictured above is an Astrodeck ad that appeared in the August 1985 issue of Surfer Magazine (Volume 26, No. 8). The ad features none other than the following surfers:…

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Astrodeck: A Fletcher Family Production

Surfing is a sport with more than its fair share of characters. And even by this standard, the combined Hoffman / Fletcher clan stands out for its per capita density of colorful personalities. As a quick aside, while previous posts have covered various members of the extended Fletcher family, none have made mention…

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The Original Wave Warrior: Herbie Fletcher

Photo by Jeff Divine; Courtesy of Surfline.com For most of us mortals, December signifies the arrival of the holidays. It’s time to spend time with family, watch “Home Alone” again, drink egg nog, or maybe just use the time as an excuse to do some otherwise unjustifiable amounts of online shopping. For the…

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Christian Fletcher and Randy Sleigh

Little known fact: The Shred Sledz Editorial Team is contractually obligated to post about any Christian Fletcher Signature Model surfboards that hit the market. Luckily for all of us, the board pictured here is currently up for sale on eBay, which you can find here. There are no measurements listed, but let’s face…

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