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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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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Phil Becker Rarities & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. We’ve got a few killer sledz for you today, including a couple of interesting Phil Becker surfboards (RIP). Per Grab Bag rules, all boards are currently listed for sale as of the time the blog post was published. 10’1 Phil Becker…

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RIP Phil Becker

Phil Becker, who is credited with having shaped more surfboards than anyone else in history, reportedly passed away. My condolences to Becker’s family and friends. According to a 1993 LA Times profile, Becker produced an unfathomable 2,500 hand shaped boards every single year, making him the shaping equivalent of John Henry, able to…

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Seventies Rick Surfboards Phil Becker Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a very quick hit for you today, but one worth your time nonetheless (I hope, anyway). Of all the defunct surfboard brands out there, Rick Surfboards is definitely one of my favorites. Rick is the namesake of the late, great Rick Stoner, who was an early business partner of…

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Stealth Seventies Phil Becker Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! Look, if there’s one thing this blog is good for — and God knows it’s not the writing — it’s putting readers onto quality vintage surfboards that are listed for sale. Featured here is a super clean Seventies Phil Becker surfboard, which is currently for sale on Craigslist in San Diego….

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Phil Becker Single Fin

Today we’re paying tribute to one of the most prolific surfboard shapers of all time: Phil Becker. Becker comes from a long line of shapers and labels that hail from the South Bay of Los Angeles, in and around Hermosa Beach. Bing Copeland, Hap Jacobs, Donald Takayama and Pat Rawson all can trace…

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