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Rare Takayama Sting + More: Shredder Submissions

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s time to revisit some submissions from all of you, which is honestly a blog post I look forward to writing every single month. You guys are sitting on some serious heat, which I am pumped to share. Keep reading for more: First up, we have a killer pair of boards…

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Weekend Grab Bag: Farrelly Stringerless + SNI Aipa Sting

Greetings, Shredderz! The Weekend Grab Bag makes its triumphant return with two very cool boards, both being sold by the same seller. Bonus points for the fact that one of the listings references this humble blog — always cool to see. Anyway, today we’re featuring a G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model and a…

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G&S Skip Frye Baby Gun

Greetings, Shredderz! Yes, I am addicted to scouring Craigslist for surfboards. But every once in a while, the countless hours I’ve spent refreshing the same old crappy ads turns out to be useful. Case in point: this 1968 Gordon & Smith Skip Frye Baby Gun was briefly listed on Craigslist before the ad…

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Gordon & Smith’s Fish Family

Greetings, Shredderz! Few surfboard labels have done a better job of maintaining their records than San Diego’s Gordon & Smith. Here’s a rad 70s ad showing some early fish designs and variants, along with some brief history on the design. I got this one from G&S’s excellent Facebook page, which you should check…

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Skip Frye Gordon & Smith Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a classic ad that I’ve seen floating around the internet in various places. It’s too bad it’s not a higher quality scan, but oh well, it’s still worth featuring. Here’s a late 60s Gordon & Smith ad featuring two unusual Skip Frye designs: the Baby Gun and the…

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Hobie, Midget Farrelly Stringerless & More

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got more reader submissions for you today, and there’s some heat in here. Keep reading for more. Thanks @drewbmiller for sending in photos of this beautiful green Gordon & Smith Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model. I understand many of these were shaped by Skip Frye; I don’t know enough to say…

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Wings, Fins & Fun feat Gordon & Smith

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a 70s Gordon & Smith ad that goes deep on surfboard design and performance. It’s interesting to see the different fin templates in the ad, and especially what I believe is referred to as the Aussie wide base.

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Gordon & Smith Waterskate

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a sweet sled that helped me solve a surfboard puzzle that had been bothering me for some time. The 6’8″ Gordon & Smith Waterskate model you see below was recently posted on Craigslist, and seeing this board helped me piece together some of the history behind the Waterskate….

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Croteau, Hynson & More: Mid Week Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Apologies that things have been a bit more quiet lately on the blog front. Believe it or not, writing about surfboards isn’t exactly a lucrative line of work, so I’ve had to focus on things that actually pay the bills. But fear not, we’ve got a sweet selection of sleds that…

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How Do You Say Bonzer in Aussie?

Greetings, Shredderz! I posted a rad vintage 70s Bonzer earlier today on Instagram — scroll to the bottom to see — and that got me started down a bit of an internet rabbit hole. One of my favorite pieces of surf trivia is the fact that the Bonzer is known as the Bonza…

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