The Archive

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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Michel Junod Glider

Michel Junod is a legendary shaper in Santa Cruz who has been plying his craft for around fifty years or so. What I really like about Junod’s surfboards, other than their functionality, of course, is that they always look beautiful. His boards are often colorful without being too flashy, and have simple, aesthetically pleasing…

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Hobie Vee Bottom

Let it never be said that the good people at Shred Sledz HQ don’t appreciate history! The v bottom surfboard – named after the deep “vee” shape in the tail – certainly has earned a place in the annals of surfboard design. I can’t say it’s the longest chapter, or the most widely…

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Recent Mike Hynson Single Fin

Surfer or not, you have likely heard of “The Endless Summer”, filmmaker Bruce Brown’s timeless ode to surfing, and one of the few surf movies to receive equally rapturous responses from surfing insiders as well as the mainstream (alongside “In God’s Hands”, of course.) Mike Hynson, one of the stars of “The Endless Summer”, went on…

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Last of the Wildmen: Martin “Pottz” Potter

Whoever posted this little number must be dreaming about the price – $1,000 is a lot for a surfboard, no matter what! – but it’s still worth looking at the pictures. Located on Craigslist in Daytona Beach, Florida is a cool little Blue Hawaii ‘Pottz’ board, named after legendary former tour surfer Martin Potter…

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Ben Aipa for Kimo’s Surf Hut

File this guy under things I have never seen before… This is a 9′ Ben Aipa-shaped longboard with a logo from Kimo’s Surf Hut. The Aipa signature is definitely consistent with other signatures I have seen from genuine Aipa boards. I have never heard of Kimo’s Surf Hut before, but it looks like…

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Aleutian Juice

Earlier today I was perusing some pictures of boards with channels, and I started thinking about how Shred Sledz has yet to feature anything from legendary Central Coast (CA) shaper Dave Parmenter. Parmenter is a former tour competitor and So Cal competitive surf rat who has gracefully transitioned into a career as one…

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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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Mike Diffenderfer Gun

There’s a sweet Mike Diffenderfer gun up for sale on eBay, which you can find here. By now my affinity for neon paint jobs is well-documented, but let me just say I love the way this board looks. Diffenderfer, of course, is a legendary surfboard shaper. I suggest reading up on his entry…

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Channel Islands Al Merrick Tri Plane Hull

  For sale on eBay is a vintage Channel Islands single fin. This one is presumably shaped by Al Merrick, though it doesn’t seem to have his signature anywhere on it. This one isn’t all original, though apparently restorations were done by Joe Roper down in San Diego, who is probably at the…

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