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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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Impeccable O’Neill Morning Star Model

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a stunning Transition Era board for you. Pictured here is a Transition Era O’Neill Morning Star model that was recently listed for sale on eBay. You can find the original eBay listing here, which has more photos and a full description of the board. Sadly, the board is…

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Morey-Pope McTavish Tracker

Greetings, Shredderz! Today I’m delighted to bring you an absolute classic featuring a classic shape from Morey-Pope Surfboards. Morey-Pope, the namesake of its founders Tom Morey and Karl Pope, is to me one of the most fascinating labels in surfboard history. The list of Tom Morey’s inventions is too long and interesting to…

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Surfboards Hawaii V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re going to shine a spotlight on one of my all-time favorite Transition Era boards: the Surfboards Hawaii V Bottom, or, as it’s technically known, the Surfboards Hawaii V. The Surfboards Hawaii V bottom you see above (click photos to enlarge) comes courtesy of Shred Sledz reader Bobby. Thanks for…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Weekend Grab Bag: February Funk

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I understand some of you might have gone to the Malibu Board Riders surfboard swap on Saturday. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend, but in the meantime, here are some cool vintage surfboards that you can currently find on sale online. Keep reading for…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup: Santa Barbara Edition

It’s the first Social Media Roundup of 2019, and today we’re focusing on some recent posts that delve into the rich history of Santa Barbara surfing. Alright, enough from me, and onto the pics… View this post on Instagram This is a photo of an early eighties shaping machine – Al Merrick. I…

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Channin Diffenderfer Surfboard: Transition Era Hull

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we just have a quick little hit for your viewing pleasure, but I think you’ll dig it anyway. Mike Diffenderfer is regarded by many as an incredibly influential shaper. Before he passed away in 2002 at the relatively young age of sixty four, Diffenderfer had established himself as one of…

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