What more is there to say about Allen Sarlo in this Body Glove ad?
We’ve featured Wave Killer a few times here on the blog. In fact, Sarlo was kind enough to send the photos that were featured in the second post. The ad you see here originally appeared in the Dec 1980 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 21, No 12). You probably guessed this already, but the Con with the Wave Killer laminate is epic enough, and we haven’t even gotten to the matching wetsuit yet! This might be one of my favorite Sagas of Shred posts yet.
Oh, and here’s a friendly reminder to mind your etiquette while surfing Malibu, courtesy of Wave Killer himself:
Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next Thursday evening with more vintage surf ads!
Oh baby! We’ve got a Shred Sledz exclusive here, straight from the archives of Malibu legend Allen Sarlo. When I wrote my previous post about a Con Surfboards Wave Killer board I had spotted in Texas, I reached out to Sarlo for some more info. He was kind enough to send me these pictures of him with some incredible Wave Killer boards! Thank you Allen! If these don’t bring a smile to your face, then ShredSledz.net just might not be the blog for you.
Here at Shred Sledz we strive to bring you the raddest vintage sticks you can find, and I think we’ve got something special in store for you today. I apologize for the quality of the pics, but I make no apologies whatsoever for the quality of the content! (We’ve never claimed to be the most modest; just the most stoked.)
Located in Galveston, Texas, of all places, and posted on Craigslist is a beautiful Con surfboard that looks to be an Allen Sarlo “Wave Killer” model.
For some background, Allen Sarlo was one of the original Z-Boys of Venice Beach. Sarlo and the rest of the Z-Boys were the basis for the “Dogtown and Z-Boys” film that was released a little while back. Sarlo can still be found ripping Malibu today.
Sarlo’s nickname was “Wave Killer”, and he was sponsored by Con Surfboards, which is a Shred Sledz favorite. On this board you can see the distinctive red circular Con logo on the deck, and then a clear “Wave Killer” spray on the bottom. Here’s a picture of Sarlo surfing what looks to be a Con single fin. I would guess this picture is from sometime in the 80s:
More to the point, however, one of Sarlo’s most famous boards was a Con shape with a different “Wave Killer” spray. This board was recently featured in the book “365 Surfboards”, along with a picture of Sarlo reunited with it. Here’s the picture below:
Now, the interesting thing is I can’t really find any information about the Wave Killer model itself. I can’t tell if Sarlo actually had a signature model that was made for a few years, or if this was a one-off spray job (or perhaps even a custom board made for Sarlo that somehow found its way to Galveston, Texas). Stoked-n-Board doesn’t list anything about a Sarlo model on its entry for Con Surfboards. If anyone has more info, please let me know!
If you want to check out the board on Craigslist, you can find the ad here. No price has been listed to date.
Finally, for extra credit, here’s an old Con ad featuring Sarlo in his glory days: