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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

No Leash, No Hesitation: Zack Howard, Victor Bernardo + More

It feels a little strange to write a series called “Social Media Roundup”, when I myself am trying (and often failing) to avoid mindless scrolling in search of tiny morsels of digital dopamine. And as much as I want to complain about the algorithm and the Explore page’s truly breathtaking ability to destroy…

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Donald Takayama + Nat Young Malibu Sam Model

Donald Takayama boasts one of the great careers in surfing history, from his early days riding for the legendary Jacobs team in the 60s, to his role in reviving traditional longboarding in the 90s and 2000s with his Hawaiian Pro Designs label. I’ve catalogued many of Takayama’s different models over the years here…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

The Last Social Media Roundup of 2022

Greetings, Shredderz! See below for I don’t know a ton about Japanese photographer Hideaki Sato, but I do have a copy of “North Shore 1970-1980”, which is a dope pocket sized book documenting everyone’s favorite Hawaiian proving grounds. Love the photo featured above: it’s so simple and wonderful. One of the things I…

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Hideaki Sato photography

Donald Takayama for Oxbow

Greetings, Shredderz! Donald Takayama is a fixture here at Shred Sledz, although to be honest, that’s probably the single worst way to recognize his long and influential career. Takayama was the runner-up in the 1966 and 1967 United States Surfboard Championships (as always, the Encyclopedia of Surfing remains an essential resource for facts…

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Derek Hynd on Dick Brewer

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a bit of an anomaly. I pride myself on writing everything that appears on this humble blog, but this post, a word-for-word transcript of a Dick Brewer profile written by Derek Hynd in 1990, is an exception. I decided to transcribe this article for two reasons: first and…

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Dick Brewer
Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup: 2020 Vision

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the very first Social Media Roundup entry of the new decade. I know you all came here for the pics and not my blathering, so let’s get right to it. Here is Joel Tudor posing with an unusual board: a Donald Takayama-shaped Nat Young model. According to Tudor the…

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Sagas of Shred

Nat’s Nat and That’s That: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! I have returned from a long and relaxing trip back to the East Coast. I may have timed the trip perfectly to miss out on the swell that’s beginning to fill in, but hey, at least I have access to my back issues of Surfer Magazine and a scanner. Today we’ve…

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Sagas of Shred

Cruisin’: Nat Young for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Apologies for the relatively sparse posting schedule this week. That said, they say it’s all about quality, and not quantity, and I can’t think of many things better than this 1981 Rip Curl ad featuring the great Nat Young. I absolutely love the surfboard Nat’s got tucked under his arm. If…

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