Social Media Roundup (March 3)

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a selection of some of the rad boards that have caught my eye on various trips down the information super highway…

Luis Real strikes again! Pictured above is a super unusual Lightning Bolt / Gerry Lopez sting. For all of Bolt’s fame in the 70s, and the popularity of the sting during the same decade, you would think you would see more Bolts with sting outlines. The Lightning Bolt sting also has a cool Al Dove airbrush.

Here’s a beautiful Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt that he hand shaped for Rell Sun, giving the board some truly regal Hawaiian pedigree. The board’s owner, Kim McKenzie, was recently written up in a cool feature on Pilgrim Surf + Supply’s super neat blog. The board has a quasi-sting outline, and the upturned wings are very reminiscent of some Mark Richards stings I have seen.

While we’re on the topic of Lightning Bolt, Ian Cairns is selling some of his 1970s Tom Parrish-shaped Bolt single fins to help finance his new biography. Enjoy this timely quiver shot, which I have to imagine was taken on the North Shore of Oahu.

This is a mind-boggling board. Make sure you swipe through all the photos. I have never seen a flex tail on a Rick Surfboards shape before. Rick made some really neat transitional boards, including the famous Barry Kanaiaupuni Model. Not sure who the shaper might have been.

I don’t know that surfboards get any more classy — or classic, for that matter — than the Phil Edwards Honolulu. (Though the Hobie Phil Edwards comes close). Stay tuned…there may be a Deep Dive forthcoming on the subject.

Minimalist times.. #yatersurfboards ✌️

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I don’t know if this is a vintage picture or just a vintage board, but for all you California-philes out there, is there anything more timeless than a clean Renny Yater single fin? You can just barely make out the logo towards the nose, lurking beneath the wetsuit.

Vintage Ben Aipa / Surf Line Hawaii Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Usually, Sagas of Shred, a series that features vintage surf advertisements, features scans from my collection of back issues of Surfer Magazine. Today’s entry features a Ben Aipa / Surf Line Hawaii ad that found online somewhere. If you originally scanned this ad or know the source, please drop me a line and let me know, as I would love to credit whoever is responsible for the digital transfer of this gem.

What’s interesting to me about this ad is the subtle differences between the various brands. It appears that Surf Line Hawaii is being touted as a retail shop for Ben Aipa Surfboards, as opposed to a brand in and of itself. While I have seen Aipa Surfboards branded shapes bearing additional Surf Line Hawaii lamiantes —  check out this Instagram post for an example — I don’t know that I have ever seen a Surf Line Hawaii branded board without any of Aipa’s logos on it. In addition, the ad mentions Surfings New Image as the mainland licensee for Aipa’s famous designs. I’ve written previously about the difference between Aipa’s hand-shaped stings, and the ones produced under the Surfings New Image label. And if you want some background on Surf Line Hawaii, I humbly suggest this Deep Dive on the venerable Hawaiian label.

As always, check back in next Thursday for the next installment in Sagas of Shred.

Rare Hot Lips Surfboard: Lance Collins Sting

The sting design has a special place in the hearts of the Shred Sledz editorial staff. Any story about the sting must start and end with Ben Aipa, who created the shape. That said, here at Shred Sledz HQ there’s a deep appreciation for other shapers’ takes on the sting. (One of my all-time favorites is this 1970s Con Surfboards sting with a sweet step tail.) Today’s post features a sting from Mike Purpus’ Hot Lips Designs label, shaped by none other than Lance Collins of Wave Tools fame.

The Hot Lips surfboard pictured above is currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. You can find the for sale link here. It was also posted on a Swaylocks thread about a month ago.

What is there to say about the Hot Lips Designs logo, other than it is delightfully loud and tacky? Hot Lips Designs was the brainchild of Mike Purpus, the South Bay surfer who shot to fame in the 1970s. It’s a fitting name for a surfboard label founded by a guy who posed for Playgirl magazine (yes, seriously).

It’s unclear to me whether or not Purpus actually shaped for Hot Lips, or whether the brand was meant to capitalize on his fame at the time. Regardless, Purpus clearly had an affinity for the sting design. Check out the photo below, via the Australian National Surfing Museum, that features another Hot Lips sting. If you click through to the Facebook link, you’ll see that Purpus himself has commented on the post, and dates the board below to 1977.

Here’s a photo of the Hot Lips team taken during the early 1970s, featuring an array of designs, including more than a few stings. You can see Purpus in the middle, standing above a sting. (Purpus’ affinity for racy airbrushes on his boards is well-documented.)

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The Hot Lips Designs team in the early 1970s. Photograph by Kevin Cody. The photo was originally posted in an excellent article in the Easy Reader News, which I recommend reading.

Likewise, Lance Collins also has some history with the sting design. Board Collector has some incredible pictures of some pre-Echo Beach era stings that Lance Collins shaped for Danny Kwock and others, one of which I have included below. Board Collector is a must-read website for anyone with an interest in vintage surfboards.

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Echo Beach local Preston Murray cheesin’ with some amazing Wave Tools stings. Check out that fin placement! Pic via Board Collector.

A little over a week ago I featured a surfboard shaped by Lance Collins for Jack’s. The questions in the post about the Lance Collins / Jack’s Surfboards single fin apply here as well. In other words, it appears as if Collins was shaping boards for other brands like Jack’s and Hot Lips, even while his Wave Tools brand was up and running, and I’m not sure why that would be the case.

The Hot Lips Lance Collins sting at the top of the page is listed at $800. One word of caution: the board needs a lot of work, including around the fin box. The seller was kind enough to include detailed pictures of the damage, so hit the Craigslist listing for more.

Unity Surfboards Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred post focuses on a South Bay brand of yesteryear: Unity Surfboards. There isn’t much info to be found on Unity, other than the requisite Stoked-n-Board entry. Unity Surfboards was the brainchild of Pat Reardon, who later shaped under his own name. According to Easy Reader News, as of March of this year, Reardon continues to shape boards for South Bay surfers.

The Unity Surfboards ad pictured above apparently ran in 1977. This makes sense, given the ad features a distinctive Sting shape. Here at Shred Sledz HQ, there are few boards more beloved than the Sting design. And while Aipa’s Stings will forever be held in high regard, I get a big kick out of seeing Sting interpretations from other shapers, whether that’s Con Surfboards or even Al Merrick and Channel Islands.

Unity Surfboards dubbed their design the “Sting-It.” You’ll also notice in the ad that Unity refers to the Sting-It as a stinger. The debate over Sting or stinger rages on; I have heard that it’s the former, and until someone can prove otherwise, I’ll continue to refer to them as Stings.

There also happen to be two separate Unity Sting-Its that are listed for sale. The first board is can be found on Craigslist in San Pedro, not far from Unity’s Hermosa Beach stomping grounds. You can find that Sting-It here. It’s listed at 6’8″, and it’s not in perfect condition, though it certainly looks rideable. (There’s also another Unity Surfboards single fin on Craigslist in Orange County, which you can find here.)

The board pictured above is currently listed on eBay. There’s no mention of Unity on the eBay listing, but it’s quite clear from the pictures. Pics via the eBay listing, which you can find here. The asking price for the eBay Sting-It is $600, which seems a bit steep. Nonetheless, it’s a great example of a classic 1970s design (even though a part of me cringes at the black leash plug that seems to have been added after the fact).

Vintage Channel Islands Surfboards Ad from 1970s: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! I’d like to welcome you all — yes, all five of you — to a brand spankin’ new series: Sagas of Shred! If, like me, you enjoy the nostalgia from #throwbackthursday but find yourself endlessly confused by hashtag culture, then this is the right place for you. Sagas of Shred is a weekly series, posted every Thursday, that will highlight a small piece of surf culture from the days of old. Today’s post focuses on a vintage Channel Islands Surfboards ad from the 1970s, which you can see below:

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Vintage Channel Islands Surfboard ad from sometime in the 1970s. The ad originally appeared in Surfer Magazine

This is the first evidence I have seen that Channel Islands produced a sting design in large quantities during the 1970s. We featured a CI sting in an earlier post, but at the time I had assumed this was probably a one-off design. I have only seen a Channel Islands 70s sting for sale once before. I am guessing CI only produced a sting for a few years during the 70s. If you have one in your possession that you’d like to see featured here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Dick Brewer Vintage Seventies Sting

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a Dick Brewer vintage sting surfboard. The board is currently for sale on Craigslist in New York (pics via the Craigslist posting), and you can find the listing here.

As you can see, this Brewer Sting has a dramatic outline. There are no dimensions listed on the board, but it looks pretty long — I would guess 7′ plus, but there’s no way of knowing for sure. The wings on the side of the board are placed fairly high up as well. I would describe this as a thumb tail, which is slightly unusual for Stings. You tend to see more swallowtails and pintails on Sting shapes. The triple stringer is another unusual touch.

The Craigslist poster claims the board was shaped in 1975, which sounds right to me. The first giveaway is the Sting design itself, which is an iconic seventies shape. Other details point to a similar date, such as the glass-on fin.

Dick Brewer vintage surfboards from this era usually have far more traditional outlines that you would expect from seventies single fins. See below for a classic example of a seventies Dick Brewer vintage board:


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Classic example of a Dick Brewer vintage seventies single fin. Pic via

The Sting, of course, was invented by Ben Aipa, and is still one of the more recognizable designs from the seventies. I had never seen an example of a Sting shaped by Brewer, but a bit of online research reveals that Dick Brewer dabbled with Sting designs during this time. See below for a picture showing Brewer sitting next to a Sting that bears his plumeria logo.

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Dick Brewer in the Seventies, sitting with some of his creations. Pic via Surfer’s Village / California Surfing Museum

The second board from the right has a clear — and pretty dramatic — Sting shape. Contrast it with the other boards in the picture, which sport the winged designs that Brewer was experimenting with in the seventies.

Here’s an even better shot of Brewer holding a Sting design. I couldn’t find any info on when the photo was taken and by whom; if you have any details to share please let me know!

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Aussie vintage surfboard purveyors Von Weirdos recently sold a Dick Brewer vintage Sting in excellent condition. The board is no longer for sale, but luckily there are still pictures up on the Von Weirdos site, along with a description of the board. You can find the link here and I have also included some of the pictures below.

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An absolutely gorgeous Dick Brewer Sting. Pic via Von Weirdos

The Von Weirdos Brewer Sting is listed at 6’3″ x 20″ x 2 1/2″. The Von Weirdos Sting looks considerably shorter than the Craigslist Sting at the top of the page. In addition, you’ll notice the wings are located much further towards the tail. The wing placement is particularly noticeable in other shots of the board.


Finally, I was able to find another example of a Dick Brewer sting, this time via French surfboard site Daniel’s Longboards. I have included the picture below. You can find the link to the original board posted on Daniel’s Longboards here.

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Another beautiful looking Dick Brewer vintage sting. Note the fluted wings on the board. Pic via Daniel’s Longboards

Note the fluted wings, and how this creates miniature channels on the bottom. You can see the dimensions watermarked in the picture: 6’6″ x 21″ x 3 1/8″. The Daniel’s Longboard Sting and the Von Weirdos Sting seem to be very similar boards in a lot of ways, given the wing placement, the swallow tails, and the overall length and outline. Both boards look shorter and fatter than the Craigslist Sting.

The Dick Brewer vintage Sting for sale on Craigslist is going for $900. That’s pretty steep when considering the condition of the board. There’s also the small matter that there doesn’t appear to be a Brewer signature anywhere on the board. This doesn’t mean it’s not a Brewer hand shape, but it’s something to consider. On the other hand, Dick Brewer will always be considered one of the most influential shapers in history, and I believe his vintage boards will only become more collectible over the years. I have a personal soft spot for the Sting, and this is one of a handful of vintage Dick Brewer Stings I have seen, much less for sale. Even though this board is beaten up and on the expensive side, I’m hoping someone will buy it and get Randy Rarick to return it to its former glory.

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (April 30)

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope you are all having fantastic weekends. Without any further ado, here’s a selection of social media posts that have recently caught my eye.

Christian Fletcher’s signature model is the coolest. Raddest. Most-shredding-est. Choose whatever superlative you prefer; I just can’t get enough of these things.

Hit the “Continue Reading” link below for some more vintage surfboard goodness…

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