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Stringerless Aussie Transition Era Boards

Greetings, Shredderz! Lately I’ve been geeking out on a very particular set of surfboards: stringerless Australian boards crafted during the late 60s, during the height of the Transition Era. This all started, as many of my surfboard obsessions do, by seeing various posts on the Vintage Surfboard Collectors Facebook group. Anecdotally, I’d say…

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Rick Surfboards Flex Tail Ad

Greetings, Shredderz! For this week’s Sagas of Shred entry we’ve got a doozy for you. Pictured below is a Rick Surfboards ad from the late Sixties, featuring what looks to be a flex tail displacement hull. I originally found the ad on Pinterest. It’s crazy to think about how the design principles expressed…

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Jim Phillips Strawberry Shortcut

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m always fascinated with Transition Era surfboards. The late Sixties gave birth to many of the core principles of modern surfboard design. And besides that, I just happen to think Transition Era boards are very cool. The Transition Era took place during just a few years at the tail end of…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Weekend Grab Bag: Barry Kanaiaupuni Edition

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an abbreviated Grab Bag, as we’re only featuring two surfboards. However, when I saw that two versions of Barry Kanaiaupuni’s Rick Surfboards signature model happened to be simultaneously listed for sale, I figured I had to write up the duo. Keep reading for more. Rick Barry Kanaiaupuni Longboard…

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Sensual Utensils: Morey-Pope Surfboards

Look, I might not know how to explain Morey-Pope’s delightfully off the wall advertising, but I do know it is never, ever boring. Tom Morey (and let’s not forget Karl Pope, either) has made many appearances here on this blog, and for good reason. The invention of the Boogie Board alone earns him…

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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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Phil Edwards Honolulu B98

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a very cool example of a rare Phil Edwards Honolulu surfboard. Phil Edwards is probably best known for the signature model he produced for Hobie Surfboards, and for good reason. The Hobie Phil Edwards Model is a beautiful surfboard packed with killer details. Personally, I am partial to…

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Skip Frye Fin: New-E-Free

Greetings, Shredderz! I’ve written up Skip Frye’s boards countless times here on the blog. This time around we’re switching things up a bit, and focusing on what I believe is the first-ever Skip Frye fin. Tom Morey and Karl Pope created W.A.V.E. Set in 1968, during the Transition Era, when every aspect of…

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Dick Brewer for W.A.V.E.

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an incredible vintage surfboard ad featuring some of the most interesting and influential figures in surfing during the Seventies. W.A.V.E. — Water Apparatus & Vehicular Engineering, Inc. — was a line of hollow surfboards produced in the Seventies. I have mostly attributed Tom Morey with having invented the…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Sunday Sledz, featuring Yater & More: Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. Here’s a couple of boards that are all listed for sale online as of the time of publishing. 1969 8’10” Yater Single Fin (Craigslist SF Bay Area) Pictured above is an 8’10” Yater Surfboards single fin that was purportedly shaped during the…

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