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A Brief Ode to Surfer Magazine

For the years I’ve been writing Sagas of Shred, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a single ad for Surfer Mag. It’s ironic considering the vast majority of the vintage surf ads I feature here originally ran in Surfer. This time around let’s shine the spotlight on Surfer itself, which for my money…

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Tudor Father & Son, Wayne Lynch & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Here are some surf flicks I’ve enjoyed recently, and I think you might, too. I love a great <5 minute surf video. Just gimme the goods and keep the pretentious shit to a minimum. Vans recently released this tidy edit of Tosh Tudor’s late season trip to Hawaii, and it strikes…

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Dave Parmenter Makaha Gun

Greetings, Shredderz! Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the Dave Parmenter Makaha gun mentioned in the title of this post. This entry is a reprint of a letter Dave Parmenter wrote over twenty years ago. Some quick background: in 1997, the organizers of the Waterman’s Ball fundraiser held an auction featuring a…

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RIP Surfer Magazine 1960 – 2020

Damn, this one hurts. For those who missed it, Surfer Magazine laid off the entirety of its staff on Friday. This is certainly the least important reason to mourn the closure of an iconic publication, but if it weren’t for Surfer Magazine you would not be reading these words right now. Yes, Surfer’s…

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Devon Howard on a G&S Skip Frye V Bottom

I really liked this Devon Howard video, but not for the usual reasons. I love watching Howard surf. His edits from the release of the new Channel Islands CI Mid model are some of my favorites of the year. This clip, the latest entry in Surfer’s excellent Shed Session series, sees Howard taking…

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Sixties Surfboards Variety Pack

Greeting, Shredderz! I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: Harbour Surfboards’ website has one of the best stashes of vintage surf ads you can find on the internet. The full page you see above originally ran in the Feb / March 1963 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 4, No 1). I know…

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Derek Hynd on Dick Brewer

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post is a bit of an anomaly. I pride myself on writing everything that appears on this humble blog, but this post, a word-for-word transcript of a Dick Brewer profile written by Derek Hynd in 1990, is an exception. I decided to transcribe this article for two reasons: first and…

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Occy for Dick Brewer Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features an ad from a pretty unlikely pairing: Mark Occhilupo and Dick Brewer. The ad you see here originally ran in the August 1990 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 31, No 8). Earlier today I was on Instagram and I happened to randomly come across a…

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Surfer Magazine’s “Handmade 2”

Greetings, Shredderz! We don’t have that much for you, just a tip to check out a great new video from Surfer Magazine. I’m proud to say I just re-upped my subscription to the Bible of the Sport. As long as Surfer is putting out content, I’m there with some hard-earned cash — especially…

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