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Original Bob McTavish Keyo Plastic Machine

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a Transition Era doozy for you: an original 1967 / 1968 Keyo Plastic Machine, shaped by legendary Aussie shaper Bob McTavish. If you’ve followed the blog at all over the years, you probably know that I have an unending fascination with the Transition Era and the boards it…

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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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Gordon Woods

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 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… I’ve featured his work here a few times before, but I can’t help doing it again, because Jimmy…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Skip Frye K Model and More: Weekend Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! As always, here’s a collection of vintage surfboards that have been listed for sale online recently, including a lovely Skip Frye K Model thruster. Usually I like to link directly to sale links, but in the case of this edition, not all of the boards are still for sale, and some…

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Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have an awesome example of one of the greatest Transition Era boards of all time: the Gordon & Smith Skip Frye V Bottom Model. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @vintage_surf_ads I’m not sure exactly when G&S produced Skip’s signature models, but they were somewhere in…

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Surfboards Hawaii V Bottom “Hawaii V” Model

Here at Shred Sledz we are unabashed fans of the Transition Era and all of its crazy designs. The shortboard revolution of the late 1960s was a time of unprecedented experimentation. One of my all-time favorite Transition Era boards is the Surfboards Hawaii V Bottom. View this post on Instagram A post shared…

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Acid Splash: Challenger Formula Micro Vee Redux

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope your weekend is upon you, or not too far off. Today brings us another piece of transitional era surfboard design funkiness. It’s a board I have written about before: the Challenger Formula Micro Vee. There are actually two versions of this board that are currently for sale online. Acid Splash…

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