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The Graphic Designer Behind Con Surfboards’ Killer Ads

Greetings, Shredderz! As some of you probably know, the Sagas of Shred series features a different vintage surf ad every Thursday. Today we’ve got more of the usual fare, but with some additional history that I’m stoked to share with you all. A little over a year ago I featured what is one…

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It’s Called “The Ugly”

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s Sagas of Shred entry we’ve got another smash hit from venerable Los Angeles label Con Surfboards. I originally found the ad on uglyboards.com. For starters, I love the graphic design in the ad. A lot of these 60s ads are striking in their simplicity, and while I’m generally not…

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60s Con Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a Con Surfboards ad featuring some of its best known models: the Wing Nose, the Competition and the Competition Wing Nose. There are two other interesting tidbits in the ad. The first is what Con referred to as the “multi-board” feature. I think of it as Con’s version…

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Con Surfboards Wave Killer Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a, well, killer board for you: a Con Surfboards Wave Killer model twin fin. Wave Killer is the nickname for former Los Angeles pro Allen Sarlo, who is known for his power surfing. Sarlo was a Con Surfboards team rider. I’ve also seen some old ads that feature…

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Tony Alva and Jay Adams for Con Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! I’ve long written about my fondness for LA-based label Con Surfboards, one of the classic surf brands of the Sixties, and the namesake of founder Constantine “Con” Colburn. I know I’ve said this about a ton of labels, but the circular red Con Surfboards logo is on the short list of…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Summertime Sledz: Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Thanks for showing up to the latest installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. As always, the boards below are all for sale as of the time the post went live. Today we’ve got a wide-ranging set of vintage boards up for grabs, including a Dick Brewer single fin, a Con Surfboards…

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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…

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Vintage Sixties Con Surfboards Longboard

Greeting, Shredderz! Today I’ve got a vintage surfboard that is equal parts cool and mysterious. I would love nothing more than to enlist all of your help in figuring out more information about the origins of the Con Surfboards longboard featured here. This thing is an absolute unit. The Con Surfboards longboard measures…

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Vintage 70s Con Surfboards Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m afraid that our technical difficulties are ongoing, and so today I don’t have another freshly scanned vintage surf ad for you. Instead, this wonderful Con Surfboards ad was originally spotted on eBay, and I’m sharing it with you here. I’m unfamiliar with Larry Sheflo and Mike Marsh, the two team…

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