Vintage Surfboard Trivia with Mayhem and Kolohe Andino

Attention vintage surfboard trivia buffs: Matt “Mayhem” Biolos and …Lost Surfboards team rider Kolohe Andino are giving away a free surfboard to the person who can name all of the surfers who inspired the various paint jobs in the Instagram post above. Edit: Kolohe also included close ups of all the boards on his Instagram account, which I have included below:

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nostalgia is scary. since, the last two weeks of (barely get to your feet) flatness around town. i have dipped back into some surf movies i frothed on when growing up and tried to widen my range with some "history of surfing" type shiz. every single person who used one of these (dirty garage non artist replica) designs absolutely captivated me when there story/ part turned on. mostly because the style of surfing they were doing at the time of the flick was much beyonds its years. so, i challenge all surf nerds/ historians/ parking lot carps/ the 80's were better dudes to name every single design of these boards. first person to do it will win one of my boards. oh, and two things, sorry OCCY all your boards were white, and i couldn't find the Michael Ho broken arm deisgn at pipe. #europequiver

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Some hints are rapidly filling up in the comments. Even with the added help, I’m only certain of three of them, and I have an educated guess for another.

The board at the top left is modeled after a board Kelly Slater surfed at Trestles in “Kelly Slater in Black & White.” I only know this from the comments, but I was able to find a YouTube video with the incriminating evidence.

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Kelly Slater on a Channel Islands / Al Merrick potato chip at Trestles, 1990. Frame grab from Kelly Slater in Black & White via YouTube.

The red / blue board on the top row, second from right, is clearly Tom Carroll’s board from his famous under the lip snap at macking Pipeline. I’m not sure who the shaper might be, though.

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Tom Carroll, committed at Pipeline. Photographer unknown.

On the bottom row, the board second from right is clearly Martin Potter’s “The Saint” board, which is one of the most recognizable airbrushes ever.

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Martin “Pottz” Potter sporting one of his signature T&C Glenn Pang boards. Note that there were actually many of these boards produced, which is the subject for an upcoming post. Photographer unknown, pic via Rorden Surfboards

I believe the board that is second from left on the top row is a Mark Richards Lightning Bolt, but I’m not 100% sure.

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MR AKA “The Wounded Gull” going off the lip in Hawaii. Photo by Steve Wilkings

I suspect many of the boards aren’t what some would consider vintage. For example, there are a lot of guesses in the comments that suggest the top left board was one ridden by Kelly Slater in one of his earlier videos.

I’ll be running an updated post once all the answers are in, as I’m dying to know myself. In the meantime, check out the post here.

Progressive Pilgrim: …Lost x Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Head on over to Pilgrim Surf + Supply for a look at their latest project, a collaboration with famed …Lost Surfboards founder and shaper, Matt “Mayhem” Biolos.

It’s a great marriage between the gentler aesthetics of Brooklyn-based Pilgrim (I’m just trying to avoid using the word hipster, but alas, there’s no way around it) and the irreverent Orange County punk stylings of …Lost. …Lost has established itself as a fixture of the Southern California high performance shortboard scene, but it hasn’t lost any of its rebellious nature. It’s a tough act. Look no further than Volcom, whose rallying cry of “Youth Against Establishment” in the late 90s and early 2000s segued into an IPO and then an assimilation into a faceless luxury conglomerate shortly afterwards. …Lost has the luxury of having Biolos at his helm, and as long as he is making boards for the world’s best surfers, the brand is likely to stay true to its roots.

There are some really cool boards there that might seem a little out of place here at Shred Sledz HQ, where things tend to skew a little more vintage. But Biolos is a shaper who knows his shit cold, and you can see the great care and thought that went into every aspect of these boards. In particular I love the clean Pilgrim / Lost logo on each board, which is a refreshing departure from …Lost’s usual cartoonish vibe. Check out the listings on Pilgrim for detailed notes from Biolos about the design of each board and the carefully considered design decisions that were made.

Finally, you can see a video interview between Pilgrim co-founder Chris Gentile and Biolos here.

Vintage Mayhem

Here at Shred Sledz HQ we try our best to be open-minded. Sometimes that means going left even though I am a regularfoot and frontside just feels so much better. Other times it can mean going ahead and pulling the trigger on some guacamole at Chipotle – you know, really just keeping my mind attuned to the endless possibilities this world has to offer.

Despite this deep-seated commitment to intellectual curiosity, I have to confess that I am still a man, and a man whose preferences can sometimes veer into outright intransigence. I’ll just go out and say it: I love vintage surfboards and all sorts of weird and cool shapes, but the modern high performance thruster just doesn’t excite me all that much.

With that said, you can’t talk about surfboards without acknowledging the influence of shapers who craft specialized shapes for the world’s best surfers. Whether you’re talking about Al Merrick, who supplied boards to generations of the best American surfers, or someone like Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes, whose Hypto Krypto model is currently flying off shelves, these guys deserve a ton of credit for what they have done for the sport.

Personally, I have always been fascinated by San Clemente shaper Matt “Mayhem” Biolos. Biolos has always come across as a guy who knows his stuff down cold, but remains refreshingly unpretentious about it. It’s hard not to like the irreverent tone of his Lost Surfboards brand, which constantly reminds us not to take surfing too seriously. That, and when the World Tour descends upon San Clemente for the Lowers Pro, every pro scrambles to get a Mayhem shape for the contest, given his talent and his insider knowledge of his local spot.

What we have here, via Craigslist in San Diego, is what looks to be a rare pre-Lost Surfboards Mayhem shape. The measurements are 6′2″ x 19.75″ x 2.5″, which seems like a bit more volume than you might expect. There’s no sign of Lost Surfboards branding anywhere, which I have never seen on a Mayhem shape. The only branding on this board is a “San Clemente Surf Company” logo, and then “Wise Surfboards” on the signature, which I couldn’t quite place (maybe for famous San Francisco shop Wise Surfboards?)

Best of all? This bad boy is only $75! Sure, it’s got a little discoloration, but provided the board is watertight, that seems like a deal. This is a great opportunity to own a board by someone who will no doubt be considered one of the greatest California shapers ever – yeah, that’s right – and one that might be a rare and/or collectible item someday.

Check it out here.