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Skindog for Pearson Arrow

Greetings, Shredderz! I remain fascinated with Santa Cruz and its surf scene, which has made its way to the blog many times. I recently featured a killer O’Neill Morning Star model, Mike Croteau remains a blog favorite, and I even picked up a killer Steve Coletta / Natural Curves board last year, just…

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O’Neill Big Wave Gun by Tom Overlin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post features an interesting bit of California history. The board pictured above is an O’Neill gun shaped by Tom Overlin that is currently listed for sale on Craigslist. You can find a link to the board here. Pics above are via the Craigslist posting. First and foremost, the board above…

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RIP Jack O’Neill

There isn’t too much to say here, other than it has been a bad week for surf legends. O’Neill is widely credited with inventing the wetsuit and thus changing the sport forever. Pic above courtesy of Santa Cruz Waves.

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Santa Cruz Royalty: Freeline and the Mel Family

Today’s post is going to be a relatively short one. Usually I like to go a little more in-depth, but it’s late and there’s more to life than cool surfboards (only kidding). If, like me, you occasionally surf in Santa Cruz, you have no doubt heard of Peter Mel. Peter can currently be…

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Santa Cruz Throwback: Rick Noe

Given that I call Northern California home these days, I feel obligated to shed light on some shapers from this neck of the woods – particularly when considering the platform afforded to me thanks to Shred Sledz’s worldwide notoriety as THE destination for verbose posts about old and obscure surfboards. Look, when you…

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Haut and About

Doug Haut is a well-known shaper in Santa Cruz. If you’re unfamiliar with the man, Surfer Magazine did a nice little write-up on him that you can find here. He also runs Haut Surf Shop. Haut was recently inducted into the Shaper Hall of Fame (which, ironically, I couldn’t find), and in an…

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