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Vaya Con Dios, 2020

Greetings, Shredderz! This is the very last post of 2020, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, I’m eager to leave this dumpster fire in the rearview, but I’m mainly pumped for the year ahead. I’m always thrilled and even a little surprised that people take the time to read the blog and…

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Ultra Clean Aipa / SNI Sting & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Per the usual, here are some of my favorite social media posts from the past month or so. This beaut comes via @atomichomemodernla. I’ve written up countless Aipa / Surfing’s New Image stings, and the board remains one of my all time favorites. This particular example is in fantastic shape. The…

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Jackie Dunn & Gerry Lopez for Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a quick one for you today, but I think it’s a nice complement to the earlier post about a rad Gerry Lopez-shaped Lightning Bolt. This Lightning Bolt ad originally ran in Surfer Magazine in 1980. You can see Gerry posing alongside fellow team member Jackie Dunn. I recently learned…

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1975 Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real deal 1975 Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt that recently sold on eBay. Of course, the Lopez Bolt is perhaps the single most famous and/or collectible vintage surfboard out there. Most of the Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt surfboards I’ve seen have been restored, or are newer reproductions; so-called…

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Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt
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Social Media Roundup: February Funk

Greetings, Shredderz! Here in California winter is coming to a close. As always, here are some of my favorite social media posts from the past month or so. You want to talk about power surfing, how’s this combo: a sweet Ben Aipa twin fin shaped for none other than Aussie lead foot extraordinaire…

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Stussy Single Fin
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1979 Lightning Bolt Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Here on the blog I’ve been writing a lot about the storied Lightning Bolt brand quite a bit: here’s a cool Rory Russell Model twin fin, and then I also happened to feature not one but two Darrell Beckmeier single fins. So for today’s installment of Sagas of Shred I figured…

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Lightning Strikes: Vintage Lightning Bolt Surfboards Auction

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re going to cover the recently concluded Lightning Strikes auction. Put on by the folks at California Gold, Lightning Strikes focused specifically on Seventies Lightning Bolt Surfboards single fins. I was curious about the auction for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Lightning Bolt is still likely the most…

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Social Media Roundup: October 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! Regular readers know the rules: keep scrolling for some of my favorite vintage surfboard-related social media posts from the past month or so. For all my ignorance of Australian surf culture and history, I remain a huge, unabashed fan. And as an American, I’m particularly interested in how Australian and American…

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Lightning Bolt Board Meeting: Sagas of Shred

Here’s a great vintage Lightning Bolt ad from 1980 that originally appeared in Surfer Magazine. I love the corporate goals laid out in the ad (“Surf your brains out! Get tubed!”). Thanks for reading and check back in next Thursday evening for more vintage surf ads.

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Superior Mothers: Sagas of Shred

Is this More Core Division lineup from 1991 the greatest surf team ever assembled? Dino Andino, Brock Little, Sunny Garcia, Martin Potter, Matt Archbold, Cheyne Horna, Gerry Lopez, Michael Ho and Derek Ho. That is just stacked! There’s a lot of hair and a lot of swagger in this ad, and I couldn’t…

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