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Sunline Surfboards Phil Becker Egg

It’s estimated that Phil Becker shaped well over 100K surfboards over the course of his career, all by hand. It’s the kind of number that brings to mind stats from superstar athletes who dominated in distant eras — like hearing about how Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a single basketball game….

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Becker, Wardy and Aleutian Juice

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to an off schedule installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. Here are a few cool boards that are listed for sale as of publishing time. 9’10” 1966 Wardy Beachbreak (Craigslist Los Angeles) Classic 60s logs are unimpeachable in my book. I never felt strongly about Wardy Surfboards until a recent…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Nuuhiwa Mini Noserider, Becker UFO + More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. I wrote up a couple of cool boards that are currently for sale online, and linked to the listings just in case you’ve got an itchy trigger finger and a couple of bucks in the bank. 7’10” Takayama Nuuhiwa Mini Noserider (Virginia…

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Sagas of Shred

Becker Surf Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! Honestly, there isn’t anything particularly notable about this ad, but I thought it was as good a time as any to pay tribute to Phil Becker’s long and fruitful career. The dude shaped 100K+ surfboards by hand over the years, focused on functional shapes, with little regard for trends. I own…

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Rick Surfboards Phil Becker Mini Longboard

Greetings, Shredderz! Longtime blog readers may know of my ongoing fascination with Phil Becker, who may have hand shaped more boards than anyone. Given Becker’s lifetime output is estimated at 130K boards, it’s unlikely that anyone ever catches up to him. There are two things about Becker’s career that stand out to me,…

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Natural Progression Owl Chapman Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re featuring a very cool stick combining a few different threads of surf history, all of which I love: legendary LA label Natural Progression, distinguished Hawaiian shaper Owl Chapman, prolific South Bay board builder Phil Becker, and Steve Mangiagli (I think!). Many thanks to Steve from Surfside Projects for sending…

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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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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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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

El Producto, Natural Progression, An Anderson Alaia & More

Greetings, Shredderz! It is a stupendously sunny Saturday here in California. What better way to enjoy the weekend than by window shopping for some surfboards you definitely don’t need? We’ve got some cool boards for this installment of the Weekend Grab Bag, including a 60s log by Del Cannon (RIP), a funky alaia…

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