Greetings, Shredderz! Keep scrolling for a not-so curated collection of vintage surfboards I’ve recently spotted in the wilds of the World Wide Web.
Sadly, I think Dave Parmenter has deactivated his Instagram account. (The photo at the top of the page is also of Parmenter). This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given Parmenter’s general preference for keeping a low profile. It’s too bad, because I really enjoyed seeing his boards and hearing what he had to say about surfing and the craft of building surfboards. That said, Rusty Preisendorfer is alive and well on Instagram, much to my delight. Rusty’s contributions to surfboard shaping need no introduction, and he has been sharing many cool photos and stories, such as the picture of Dave Parmenter brandishing a very early Widowmaker.
Mark Richards and Dick Brewer. The sheer amount of surfing and surfboard wisdom contained in this picture practically violates every natural law known to mankind.
Here are Pat Rawson and Duncan Campbell showing off some very cool looking Bonzers. Dare I say Rawson’s design is a bit more twinzer-esque? I don’t know enough about it to say for sure but you can see the difference in the fin templates between the two boards.
My fascination with the curves of the Campbell Brothers’ Bonzer design is never ending. I could look at this photo for hours.
Greetings, Shredderz: how would you like to feel a lot dumber today? Now, I realize this is an unusual proposition, but trust me, in this case, it’s worth the hit to your ego. Because after you listen to Dave Parmenter on David Lee Scales’ Surf Splendor Podcast, you will likely come to the sudden and sickening realization that you actually know very little about how surfboards are built. Well, that was my reaction, at least. The flip side is this podcast is an excellent way to learn about surfboard manufacturing and history from one of the most fascinating shapers on the entire planet. This is actually just the first part of a four part series, and I’m eager to dig into the rest. Parmenter is brilliant and captivating, and even if none of the technical details stick, you’ll probably leave with a strong urge to order one of this beautiful Aleutian Juice shapes. You can listen to the podcast below, but also give some thought to supporting Surf Splendor via a donation, as it is an all-around excellent podcast.
Finally, just for kicks, here’s a photo of some candy coated Aleutian Juice sleds being prepped for some very lucky customers:
Earlier today I was perusing some pictures of boards with channels, and I started thinking about how Shred Sledz has yet to feature anything from legendary Central Coast (CA) shaper Dave Parmenter. Parmenter is a former tour competitor and So Cal competitive surf rat who has gracefully transitioned into a career as one of the wisest (and most opinionated) men in surfing. Parmenter is famously prickly, but he makes beautiful – and functional! – surfboards (I’ve never met the man, but I imagine he would much prefer if I reversed the order of those adjectives).
What we have here (via Craigslist) is a 7′6″ version of Parmenter’s Stubb Vector shape, which is intended to deliver high performance in the guise of a hybrid / funboard. The best part? The poster claims this stick has never even seen wax, and it comes in at an extremely reasonable $350. Check it out here.