1960s Hang Ten Ad Featuring Bing, Hobie and Dewey Weber: Sagas of Shred

That’s right, folks: it’s Thursday, and Sagas of Shred keeps rolling along. Today we have another ad from an issue of Surfer Magazine from the 1960s, featuring classic surfwear brand Hang Ten. To be honest, it was only recently that I realized that Hang Ten’s history went back so far. Sadly, Hang Ten was purchased by some faceless conglomerate a few years ago, and today it churns out uninspired interpretations of California cliches. But I digress. In contrast, the Hang Ten ad pictured above is completely bitchin’. It features three of the greatest shapers of the 1960s, all of whom have gone on to become boldfaced names in the world of surfing: Bing Copeland, Hobie Alter and Dewey Weber (and of course, all three shapers’ respective better halves).

I love that all the shapers are posing alongside some of their creations. Weber’s board, in particular, looks enticing. I’m guessing it’s some sort of big-wave gun, whereas Bing and Hobie both have longboards that look like pretty standard issue for the 1960s. Weber’s board looks like it has to be at least 10′ in length, and the pintail stands in stark contrast to the wide-hipped Hobie and Bing examples.

One common pattern in these vintage ads is the unusual amount of crossover. For example, you would never see a Hurley ad running today featuring Jon Pyzel, Matt Biolos and Hayden Cox (least of all because the latter two gentlemen also sell clothing themselves). I suppose this was a byproduct of the tight-knit surfing scene in the 1960s, when it had yet to become a global multi-billion dollar industry. I wouldn’t go as far as to say the Olden Days were better — after all, forty years from now, someone is going to be waxing nostalgic about the world before Kelly’s Wave Pool took over the world — but there’s an undeniable sense of optimism in many of these early surf advertisements.

As always, thank you for reading, and tune in next week for another installment of Sagas of Shred!

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (April 23)

Greetings, Shredderz! Here are some interesting vintage surf posts I’ve stumbled across in my recent internet travels.

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Island Trader Surf Shop is a great shop in Stuart, Florida that happens to sell some pretty rad vintage boards. They don’t update their blog frequently, but when they do, there are some great gems. (I’m partial to this Harbour Rapier and this transitional Hobie board with a tiger stripe spray.) Back to the shot above: this looks like an old Weber Surfboads ad. I love the floral print inlays on the decks, and the “WEBER TEAM 67 PERFORMER” is a sweet looking board that must have been made for team riders back in the day.

Hit the link below for some more selections…

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Shred Sledz Presents: 3/19 Weekend Grab Bag (Pavel / Lis, Rick, Weber, Hobie)

Greetings, Shredderz! As your weekend comes to a close (it’s almost midnight here in California), here’s a selection of a few cool boards I saw for sale over the past few days.

Rich Pavel / Steve Lish 5’8″ Fish on Craigslist

This thing has already been sold, so there’s no link. It went for $700. This is a MUCH cleaner example of a Pavel / Lis / Choice fish than the one I featured a little while ago. This one has some really cool touches, like those glassed-on wooden hatchet fins, and a nifty older Moonlight Glassing logo.

This board is no longer for sale, but there are some nice reference points. First, Surfy Surfy has an old blog post on another Pavel / Lis / Choice board that was shaped in 1979. It looks very similar to the one above.

Finally, there’s another Pavel / Lis / Choice fish for sale in the Inland Empire, which you can find here. It looks very similar, but I think it’s overpriced at $1K. I believe the date on this board is wrong as well — I tend to believe sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s is more accurate. Two other notes: the Inland Empire board was glassed at Diamond Glassers and it has a Clark Foam logo, so we know it’s pre-2005 at least (when Clark went out of business).

Hobie Silver Bullet on eBay

This thing is in impeccable condition. It might take a bold surfer to show up to a crowded lineup with this bright pink paint job and the heart-shaped patch on the deck, but that’s a small price to pay for a board in such great shape. The poster claims this was purchased in 1972 as an older stock board and was never surfed. It certainly looks all original. Sadly, it’s hard to find reliable info on Hobie boards online. The board is listed as 8’4″, and it looks like the Silver Bullet model was produced at least beginning in 1969. Check out the rad advertisement below. The only catch? The board is listed at $2,450…hope you brought your piggy banks with you.

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Rick Longboard w/Atomic Logo on eBay

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I’d like to say one thing up front: the board at that link is in terrible condition. The price is indefensible, too. With that said, the board has a cool checkerboard fin, and it sports a variant of a classic Rick logo I haven’t seen before (see above). The logo above has atomic rings above it, a la the classic Greg Noll marque. Any time I find a logo that doesn’t appear on Stanley’s Surfboard Logos or Stoked-n-Board, I consider it a success.

1971 Weber Single Fin on Craigslist (Orange County)

The price on this bad boy is steep — $1400. But it’s in beautiful condition, and I just have a soft spot for the clean lines of 70s single fins. I love the contrast between the green pin lines and the yellow color on the  rails and the bottom.

S.K.I. (Synthetic Kinetic Instinct)

Some would say that the late 1960s and the early 1970s were the awkward teenage years of surfboard design. During this time, known as the Transition Era, surfboard shapers were figuring out how to gracefully pivot from longboards made for noseriding, into the shorter, more high performance shapes that we take for granted today. I love the uninhibited embrace of experimentation during this time, which has resulted in some pretty funky and distinctive boards, many of which look slightly crazy today.

There are two Dewey Weber SKIs that are currently up for sale on eBay, which you can find here and here. I have reproduced those pictures here on Shred Sledz for your enjoyment, along with a little bit of history of the board.

SKI is apparently an acronym that stands for “synthetic kinetic instinct”, which is about as hilarious as marketing mumbo jumbo gets. According to Stoked-n-Board, the SKI was created in conjunction with Australian surfing great Nat Young (not to be confused with current Santa Cruz pro of the same name.) Weber’s own website tells a slightly different story: “[the SKI] was strongly influenced by Dewey & former Weber Team riders Nat Young, Mike Tabeling & Harold Iggy (sic).”

First and foremost: mamma mia, look at those mint condition logos! If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye…well, then you are probably just a normal human being who lacks my utterly dysfunctional and crippling obsession with surfboards. But enough about me.

In the first logo, you can see text that reads “Australian inspired for Dewey Weber Surfboards.” This is a clear nod to Young, one of the most famous Aussie surfers ever. Young rode a version of this model in the seminal surf flick “Morning of the Earth.” This makes me think that Weber’s version of the story isn’t necessarily as generous to Young’s contributions as it might have been. (Not to mention the fact Mike Tabeling was from Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Harold “Iggy” Ige hailed from Hawaii).

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Nat Young in “Morning of the Earth.” Photo courtesy of Albert Falzon.

It’s really fascinating to compare the two different logos. I’m not sure why they are so different, when S-n-B indicates that The SKI was only produced in one year, 1969. The second one reads “Combination of water displacement and planing hulls by Weber Surfboards.” This sounds a bit like what we would call a displacement hull today, a la Andreini and co, but I can’t be positive.

These two listings also have clear photos of the Waveset fin box, which was common in boards at this time. Here’s a photo of a Waveset fin outside of a box. You can see the ridges in the base of the fin, which correspond to the corrugated shape in the fin box.

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Photo courtesy Swaylocks.com user Atomized

Both boards are currently going unbidden on eBay with starting bids under $200. Who knows where they’ll end up. Here is a link to the seller’s profile.

Dewey Weber Stylist Mini Gun

Found on Craigslist in Cayucos, CA is a vintage Dewey Weber Stylist mini gun. The poster claims it’s from 1969. Looks like the real deal, but it’s hard to tell given the, uh, not quite professional photography stylings. The Stylist logo matches up with the poster’s description as well as Stoked N Board. It’s going for $400, but sounds like the board isn’t water tight, and looks like there could be some water damage at the tail. The fact the poster alludes to a needed restoration isn’t super encouraging, either. Still – a nice little bit of surf history never hurt anyone!