Jeff Ho for Vissla

I can’t say I’m too interested in what the surfwear industry has been up to lately. This is a far cry from my grommethood, when I once made my dad drive forty five minutes so I could get a specific Hurley backpack I had spotted in Surfer Magazine (thanks Pops!). There is perhaps no surer sign of the surf industry’s decline than Billabong and Quiksilver’s muted merger into a single entity owned by a private equity fund. I can’t be sure, but something tells me that Oaktree Capital Management isn’t jumping into the surf business to make sure the rest of us stay stoked.

One recent project did catch my eye, though, and that was Jeff Ho’s recently announced capsule collection for Vissla. Jeff Ho is the legendary shaper behind cult Los Angeles surf and skate label Zephyr. Born in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, Zephyr helped usher in the sport of skateboarding and it also introduced the world to figures like CR Stecyk III.

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A classic Jeff Ho graffiti piece. POP stands for Pacific Ocean Park. Photo via Cave Gallery

To commemorate the launch of Vissla’s Jeff Ho collection, Surfline launched a feature on the Pacific Ocean Park Pier. POP Pier was a wave that broke in the shadows of an abandoned amusement park located directly on the beach in Santa Monica. I highly recommend checking out Surfline’s post, which features some amazing photos of POP Pier in all its dystopian glory. The shots of POP Pier make me think of the movie “Escape From LA” should have been.

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None other than Miki Dora surfing the POP Pier. Dora was apparently one of the few non-Dogtown locals who managed to surf POP without getting run out of town. Photo by Brent Lieberman, and originally posted on Surfline’s site.

It feels a little strange to write an ode to a spot that I, as an outsider with very limited surfing ability, would never have been allowed to surf in a million years. But what can I say? Zephyr, like its hometown of Los Angeles, combines grittiness and beauty into something undeniably compelling.

You can check out the Surfline feature on POP Pier here, and you can check out Jeff Ho’s Vissla collection here.

Vintage Zephyr Jeff Ho Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! As some of you may know by now, there are few things I appreciate more than 70s single fins with some real history to them. Seventies surfboard labels don’t get any more storied than legendary Zephyr Surfboards. Despite playing a critical role in the development of Southern California surf and skate culture, there isn’t a whole lot of information you can find online about Zephyr. It’s even more unusual to find Zephyr boards for sale online. However, you’re in luck, as there’s currently a vintage Zephyr Jeff Ho surfboard for sale on Craigslist in the Inland Empire. The only catch is you’ll need around $4K handy to complete the purchase.

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I wish the pics were a little better, and frankly, the fact that someone decided to put stickers on the bottom of this board, getting in the way of the beautiful paint job, is as infuriating as it is puzzling. Then again, I can’t not run these pictures, because it’s not every day you  see a vintage Zephyr Jeff Ho surfboard, and this one is pretty stunning. Zephyr boards sport some pretty outrageous paint jobs, and the one pictured above is restrained in comparison, but still very colorful.

I’m wondering if the board pictured above has a CR Stecyk III airbrush, which would make the price tag a bit more digestible. Stecyk was involved in the infamous Dogtown scene’s earliest days, and nowadays he is probably better known as an artist and photographer. I have no way of knowing whether or not Stecyk might have been involved with the board above. If you have any info, hit me up!

And as for the price…well, it’s a lot of money. On the other hand, a Nathan Pratt Zephyr board was recently estimated to sell between $6K and $12K at a California Gold Surf Auction. This is a bit of a cop out, but pricing surfboards is hard. I can’t quite believe I’m typing this, but if the airbrush really is a Stecyk and there isn’t a hint of fading underneath those stickers on the bottom, then $3,800 might be in the ballpark. (I also reserve the right to change my mind, because dang, that’s a lot for a board!)

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The Zephyr Jeff Ho single fin has a nice 70s Rainbow Fin, but sadly, I don’t think it’s original. Jeff Ho made some distinctive fins to go along with his Zephyr shapes. Check out some examples below, which come courtesy of Instagram user @jjrober22, who I believe also heads up the Longboard Collector’s Club.

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Zephyr Fins

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Finally, just as a little bonus, here’s another Zephyr Jeff Ho surfboard that I purchased a few months back. I’m mostly posting this because I’m still offended this thing only got 44 likes on Instagram!

Anyway, you can check out the listing for the vintage Zephyr Jeff Ho surfboard here.

 

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (May 29)

Konichiwa, Shredderz! This post is being written from lovely Japan, where I am enjoying an extended trip with Ms. Sledz. Hope all of my American friends are enjoying Memorial Day weekend. Enough about me, though, and onto the goods…

This is a KILLER shot of a lineup of some Zephyr Surfboards, posted by Instagram user @jjrober22. A couple of these boards boast what look like CR Stecyk spray jobs. I’m surprised by the length of some of these shapes, as I didn’t realize Jeff Ho shaped longer boards. I’m not sure if all of these are recent — at least a couple of the boards seem to have modern-looking fin boxes — but nonetheless it’s a colorful look at one of Los Angeles’ most revered surf brands.

 

My initial reaction was to apologize for posting not one but two flamboyant 80s boards in a row. Then I thought to myself, wait a second: what is Shred Sledz if not a safe space to celebrate the loud colors of 80s surf culture?! The Schroff board posted above is pretty subdued by Echo Beach standards. This thing is so cool — I love the teal paint job and the diagonal lines on the deck, especially when paired with the Rainbow Fin! Make sure you click through for all the pics, as the post is an Instagram slideshow.

 

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The Donald Takayama Model @bingcopeland

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Here is an old Bing Surfboards ad for the Bing Donald Takayama Model. Wish this showed the entire ad, but it’s awesome nonetheless. Note that David Nuuhiwa is pictured in the ad as well.

 

Greg Liddle is probably the most famous shaper of hulls, and Kirk Putnam‘s enthusiasm for Liddle’s shapes has been well-documented. This post comes courtesy of Displacementia, a great blog specializing in hulls. For all the excitement around Liddle, it’s hard to find good pictures of his earlier boards. I’ve only seen the BMW-style logo on a few of his boards, making this post a cool peek at some vintage Liddle Surfboards.

Z-Boy Original: Zephyr Surfboards

I’ve been meaning to do a longer feature on Zephyr Surfboards, the famed Los Angeles surf shop that later became ground zero for Venice Beach’s surf and skate scene, as immortalized in the Stacey Peralta documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys.” In the meantime, though, a pretty fantastic example of a genuine Jeff Ho board has come up for sale on Craigslist, and I’m afraid that kind of heat can’t afford to wait for anyone, much less the overworked and underpaid Shred Sledz editorial team!

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The board pictured above is a 1973 Zephyr Surfboards / Jeff Ho single fin that can currently be found for sale on Craigslist in San Francisco (link here). I want to say the board is all original, but as always, buyer beware, and there’s no way of knowing the full extent of its condition unless you see it in person. With that said, check out that crazy fin! Sadly, such quality comes at a pretty steep price: the poster is asking $3,500 for the board. Original Zephyr boards are insanely collectible and difficult to come by.

As nuts as it sounds, I don’t think this is an outrageous price for the board. For example, here is another Jeff Ho Zephyr surfboard that sold for $4,100 at auction recently. However, there are a few points that make the auction board more collectible and expensive. First, the auction board pictured below boasts a C.R. Stecyk spray job. Stecyk was a Z Boy who later became a renowned artist. Boards bearing Stecyk’s touch are the rare pieces of surf memorabilia that have some significance in the world of fine art, too.

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Jeff Ho Zephyr Single Fin with C.R. Stecyk airbrush. Pic via Vintage Surf Auction

If you’re interested in the Zephyr board that’s currently for sale, you can find it here. Finally, you can see some more Zephyr / Jeff Ho posts on Shred Sledz at this link.

Wave Killer Kills Again

Oh baby! We’ve got a Shred Sledz exclusive here, straight from the archives of Malibu legend Allen Sarlo. When I wrote my previous post about a Con Surfboards Wave Killer board I had spotted in Texas, I reached out to Sarlo for some more info. He was kind enough to send me these pictures of him with some incredible Wave Killer boards! Thank you Allen! If these don’t bring a smile to your face, then ShredSledz.net just might not be the blog for you.

Dogtown Legend Jeff Ho

I do not know who Jeff from Palms, West LA is. What I do know, however, is that he is a man of impeccable taste who casually takes some sick old boards and just throws them on Craigslist for everyday cro-magnons like you and I to peruse. What we have here (via Craigslist) is a wonderful piece of California surf history…a vintage Jeff Ho surfboard. Jeff claims it’s from the pre-Zephyr days, and the Zephyr sticker he ended up putting on the board was originally intended for a skateboard restoration. This makes sense, as it’s a far cry from the iconic Zephyr logo that has come to signify Dogtown and Venice Beach, and perhaps one of the most seminal crews and eras of Southern California surf culture. The board isn’t in great condition, and it’s pretty expensive, but I tend to think Jeff knows exactly what he’s doing. Either way, it’s worth looking at the pictures.