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Diff’s Masterpiece + More: CA Gold Rundown

By now you probably know the deal with Scott Bass’ California Gold surf auction. If you don’t, it’s the leading auction for vintage and collectible surfboards, and it always puts together a selection of sick sleds. See below for my personal favorite boards from the auction. I also recommend checking out all of…

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Morey-Pope McTavish V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another fascinating piece from the Transition Era. Longtime readers of the blog might be aware of my fascination with Tom Morey, and if you don’t, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Morey was one of surfing’s great inventors, and it is always a pleasure to see examples…

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Insane Morey-Pope Lineup, Beckmeier Bolt & More

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m here with a fresh batch of reader submissions, and we’ve got some heat this time around: one of the craziest lineups of Morey-Pope Surfboards I’ve ever seen, including some rare gems; a Darrell Beckmeier-shaped Lightning Bolt, and a few other goodies. Keep reading for more pics and details. Many thanks…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

The Long Awaited Return of the Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! The Weekend Grab Bag is back. By know I hope you know the rules: every board featured below is currently for sale somewhere on the internet. We’ve got an eclectic set of sleds today, so keep scrolling for the full run down. Flecky Bat Tail Single Fin (Craigslist San Diego) While…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Morey-Pope Sopwith Camel, Phil Becker Deep Cuts & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. Per Grab Bag rules, all the boards featured here are listed for sale as of publishing time. We’ve got a pretty eclectic group of single fins, ranging from some classic 70s shapes to some truly weird stuff from Tom Morey’s uninhibited…

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Two Modern John Peck Penetrator Models

Greetings, Shredderz! Over the past few weeks there were not one but two interpretations of the Morey-Pope Penetrator model listed on Craigslist. It looks like both boards have been sold — or least the listings were taken down — but I thought it’d be cool to compare these two takes on John Peck’s…

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Sagas of Shred

Morey-Pope McTavish Tracker Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Thursday evening here in California yet again, which can only mean one thing: another vintage surf ad for your perusing pleasure. This time around we’ve got Sagas of Shred staple Morey-Pope Surfboards, coming in with a colorful ad for the Bob McTavish-designed Tracker model. I first saw this photo published…

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Sagas of Shred

Relax: Morey-Pope John Peck Penetrator

Season’s Greetings, Shredderz! Here we’ve got a 60s ad for the legendary Morey-Pope John Peck Penetrator Model. This ad is a little more straight down the fairway than Morey-Pope’s other marketing, which got pretty out there at times. There’s some classic Morey-Pope humor in there, too — check out the text below Peck’s…

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Sagas of Shred

Morey-Pope Blue Machine Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an advertisement from an all-time classic 60s surfboard model: the Morey-Pope Blue Machine, designed by Bob Cooper. Morey-Pope’s advertisements have made a few appearances on Sagas of Shred. Love them or hate them, Morey-Pope’s marketing was nothing if not original. The Blue Machine ad is pretty buttoned up…

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Guns, Wood & Beyond: California Gold Vintage Surf Auction

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of year again: Scott Bass’ California Gold Vintage Surf Auction is back for 2021 with a fresh batch of collectible surfboards. Bidding closes this Friday, and you can check out all the lots here. The auction more or less contains what you’d expect. Classic 60s longboards still seem…

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