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Energy Surfboards Simon Anderson Thruster

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a special surfboard for you. Featured here is an early Energy Surfboards thruster. Simon Anderson invented the tri fin thruster design in late 1980. It was his victory at Bells Beach in 1981 that announced the arrival of the thruster, which has remained a staple of high performance…

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Sagas of Shred

Tails of the Thruster: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Buckle in for another scorcher of a vintage surf advertisement. As a quick reminder, I scan a different surf ad every Thursday evening (California time, of course) as part of the Sagas of Shred series. I have a fondness for ridiculous Eighties ads, but usually I can only get in about…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup: End of Summer Edition

Greetings, Shredderz! You know the drill: here are some of the coolest boards I’ve seen on Instagram lately. Keep scrolling for more… View this post on Instagram ⚡️RENNY YATER GUN⚡️1976⚡️ . This is Jock Sutherland’s personal Pipeline Gun. . Dims: 8’1 x 20-1/2” x 3-1/2” . #renny #yater #santabarbarasurfshop #santabarbara #pipeline #ricon #jocksutherland…

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Energy Surfboards Thruster by Frank Latta

Greetings, Shredderz! While I generally don’t write too much about thrusters, there’s no denying that Simon Anderson’s signature invention belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the most influential surfboard designs ever. Even now, a good thirty plus years after Anderson first popularized the tri-fin shortboard, the thruster remains the standard setup for high…

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Sagas of Shred

Simon Anderson Nectar Thruster Ad: Sagas of Shred

Well, Shredderz, they say it’s better late than never, so accept my apologies for today’s Sagas of Shred entry, which appears a full 24 hours or so after its customary slot. But I’ll try and make it up to all eight of you with a gem. Pictured above is an ad that ran…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (Oct 6)

Greetings, Shredderz! I hope a weekend chock full of tasty waves is on the forecast. In the meantime, see below for a selection of some wonderful boards that have recently caught the eyes of the Shred Sledz editorial staff. View this post on Instagram Here is an absolute beauty going out to Texas…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (3/22)

Greetings, Shredderz! Here is the latest in vintage surfboard news from the far reaches of the interwebs, collected all in one place. View this post on Instagram Dick Brewer, Sam Hawk and Owl Chapman. 3 names that means so much to our surfing community. Just legends! A post shared by Vintage Surfboards (@luisrealcollection)…

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Shred Sledz Presents: Monday Grab Bag

Happy Monday, Shredderz! Here are a few boards that have caught my eye over the past few days. Simon Anderson / Nectar Thruster on Craigslist (Los Angeles) I’d love to do a more in-depth post on Simon Anderson. I’m just waiting to find one of his early thrusters go on sale so I…

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Simon Anderson for Energy Surfboards

Check out this vintage Simon Anderson single fin on eBay Australia! Simon Anderson’s claim to shaping fame is the fact he invented the thruster, the first tri-fin surfboard design that stands as one of the most influential shapes in surfboard history. 35 years ago the thruster ushered in the modern shortboard era, and…

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