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MR’s Hawaii Quiver & More: Social Media Roundup

Greetings, Shredderz! Unfortunately, a change on the back end means it is no longer possible to embed Instagram photos into my blog posts. The Social Media Roundup posts will continue, just tweaked slightly. Anyway, the less about blogging backend technology, the better: keep scrolling for some recent Instagram selections, featuring Mark Richards and…

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Sagas of Shred

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
Sagas of Shred

Rory Russell for Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Thursday evening here in California, which means it’s time for more Sagas of Shred. If, like me, you’re looking for some kind of distraction from the apocalyptic scenes out there, may I suggest some hilarious vintage surf ads? Today we’ve got another Rory Russell Lightning Bolt ad for your enjoyment….

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Stunning Seventies Tom Parrish Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have an absolutely classic stick for you. Yes, it’s a cool board, but what’s even better are the great stories behind the shape, whether it’s the various craftsmen who built it, or the mini saga that transpired when the owner bought the board sight unseen, based on a hunch…

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Tom Parrish Surfboard
Sagas of Shred

Rory Russell for Lightning Bolt: It’s a Dog’s Life

Greetings, Shredderz! We’re here with another classic vintage surf ad as part of our weekly Sagas of Shred series. This week we’ve got another hilarious throwback featuring Rory Russell for Lightning Bolt Surfboards. It’s not exactly new territory — check out a very similar Bolt ad I wrote up about two years ago…

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Greg Webber Lightning Bolt Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ll be taking a look at a board shaped by Greg Webber. Some of you may remember Webber from his infamous work with Shane Herring in the Nineties, which resulted in a set of blades with almost comical rocker, dubbed banana boards by skeptics. While Herring never captured the world…

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Sagas of Shred

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 Bolt Rory Russell Model Twin Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! There’s been a lot of coverage lately on this humble little blog about Lightning Bolt Surfboards — and for good reason, considering Bolt is likely the most famous surfboard label of all time. Today we’re back with even more Bolt coverage, as there’s a sweet Lightning Bolt Rory Russell Model that’s…

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Another Darrell Beckmeier Lightning Bolt

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a nice follow up to two sweet vintage Bolts I wrote up a little while back. The owner of the Darrell Beckmeier board in the previous post actually reached out and contacted me with pics of another Beckmeier shape he owns. You may recognize the board on the…

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