The Archive

Derek Hynd on Dick Brewer

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a bit of an anomaly. I pride myself on writing everything that appears on this humble blog, but this post, a word-for-word transcript of a Dick Brewer profile written by Derek Hynd in 1990, is an exception. I decided to transcribe this article for two reasons: first and…

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Dick Brewer

Morey-Pope McTavish Tracker

Greetings, Shredderz! Today I’m delighted to bring you an absolute classic featuring a classic shape from Morey-Pope Surfboards. Morey-Pope, the namesake of its founders Tom Morey and Karl Pope, is to me one of the most fascinating labels in surfboard history. The list of Tom Morey’s inventions is too long and interesting to…

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Keyo Plastic Machine Repro

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a quick heads up about a beautiful not-quite vintage surfboard that can currently be found for sale on Craigslist in Orange County. There’s currently a Keyo Plastic Machine model for sale in Huntington Beach. You can find the Craigslist listing here. The board is a newer reissue of…

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Sagas of Shred

1970 Morey-Pope Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! My summer vacation is finally coming to a close. Beginning next Thursday Sagas of Shred will pick up where it left off, featuring vintage surf ads scanned from my collection of vintage magazines. (Side bar: I’m still looking for Surfer Magazine issues from the Sixties and Seventies, so get in touch…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Weekend Grab Bag: Donald Takayama Scorpion & More

Greetings, Shredderz! By now you should know the drill: it’s the latest edition of the Weekend Grab Bag, where I spotlight some great boards I have seen listed for sale. As always, all of the postings are live as of the time the blog post was published. Onto the fresh batch of vintage…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Happy Birthday Herbie Fletcher: Social Media Roundup

Greetings, Shredderz! As 2018 comes to a close I figured I put together one last Social Media Roundup for the year. Even better, it was Herbie Fletcher’s birthday yesterday, which conveniently provides a theme for this post. Check out the photo above of Herbie launching a Jet Ski with an awesome Pottz airbrush…

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Shred Sledz Deep Dive

Jacobs Mike Purpus V: A Shred Sledz Deep Dive

Fresh off last week’s post about Mike Purpus, today we have another collaboration between the Hermosa Beach pro and a well-known shaper. The board pictured above and below is the Jacobs Mike Purpus V, a Transition Era vee bottom board that was created in the late 1960s. The board can currently be found…

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Morey Pope Surfboards: Transition Era Goodness

Morey Pope Surfboards is a brand I have written about a few times before, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. Morey Pope occupies a funky little corner of surf history. Co-founder Tom Morey, who apparently now goes by the Prince-esque name “Y”, might be one of the most innovative…

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Morey-Pope: A Study in Contrasts

Morey-Pope is a brand I have written about a few times before, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. Morey Pope occupies a funky little corner of surf history. Co-founder Tom Morey, who apparently now goes by the Prince-esque name “Y”, might be one of the most innovative and interesting people…

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Tracking Bob McTavish

This thing is in far from great condition, but at the risk of overusing this phrase, it is a cool piece of surfboard history. Aussie shaper Bob McTavish claims to have shaped the first ever shortboard in California history in early 1968. Here is an excellent article / interview in Liquid Salt Magazine…

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