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An Unusual 70s G&S Skip Frye

Skip Frye has been shaping surfboards since the 60s, but for whatever reason, he doesn’t seem to have made a ton of traditional 70s single fins. I’m guessing Skip and many of his San Diego contemporaries were more focused on eggs and other designs during this time period. That said, every once in…

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G&S Terry Goldsmith Channel Bottom Twin Fin

For whatever reason, vintage G&S boards have been top of mind lately. I’m consistently blown away by the level of craftsmanship that goes into these boards. Whether it’s the airbrushes, the resin pin lines or everything in between, they exhibit a level of care and know how that, for whatever reason, doesn’t seem…

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Some G&S Swallow Tail Singles

I’m not sure why, but I have a slight fascination with vintage swallow tail single fins. Part of it has to do with the fact that the swallowtail seems to have been a somewhat unusual choice for single fins in the 70s and early 80s. I also wonder how these boards ride, and…

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Transition Era Skip Frye

Greetings, Shredderz! Following yesterday’s post about two Transition Era Skip Frye boards — the Fast Frye and the Small Frye — here’s an example of a G&S Skip model that was recently listed for sale. I think this might be an example of the aforementioned G&S Fast Frye model, which I’m not too…

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Transition Era G&S Skip Frye Brochure

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got another rad Gordon & Smith brochure for you today, this time featuring two Transition Era Skip Frye models. From my count, G&S also produced the Baby Gun and the V Bottom in conjunction with Skip, along with the Fast Frye and the Small Frye pictured here. You don’t hear…

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G&S Midget Farrelly V Bottom Brochure

Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s a brochure that G&S printed up and distributed to surf shops to help sell their Midget Farrelly V Bottom Model. I love seeing these brochures because they reveal a ton of historical information about these boards. First and foremost, the brochure makes a distinction between the G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless…

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Vintage G&S Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! I love this vintage Gordon & Smith ad, which I found somewhere online (forget where exactly, so apologies to whoever uploaded this first). It’s a striking image, and I love the simplicity, whether it’s the composition or the suggestion that all you need is a board and some waves.

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Early 80s Gordon & Smith Surfboards Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! In my humble opinion this is one of the cooler vintage surf ads I’ve run as part of the Sagas of Shred series, which I have been posting every Thursday here on this blog. There’s so much to unpack here, whether it’s poring over the minute details of every single insanely…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Rick, Skip + Diff: Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! For this blog post I’m experimenting with a slightly different format. Most Weekend Grab Bag entries have included decent pics of all the boards that are for sale. Unfortunately, applying a photography standard for Craigslist posts has a way of severely limiting supply, so we’re going largely text based today. This…

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