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Freely Freakin’ with Tom Morey & George Greenough

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Thursday night here in California, and that means the Shred Sledz Editorial Team (i.e., me) is working overtime to find another great vintage surf ad to share with the internet. Today we’re revisiting one of the many surf inventions to spring from the incredible imagination of Tom Morey: the W.A.V.E….

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W.A.V.E. Set Fin Ad from 1970

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another killer W.A.V.E. Set fin ad for your viewing pleasure. This one is from January 1970, and I nabbed the image from the excellent stash of vintage fin ads over at The Finbox, which I can’t recommend enough. I love the design of the ad. It has some…

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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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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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The Greenough Evolution

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real gem of a vintage surf ad for you. Previous Sagas of Shred posts have featured questionable art direction, pro surfers in embarrassing outfits, and incredible hairdos, but this time around we’ve got something for the purists. Featured here is an old W.A.V.E. Set fin ad featuring…

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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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Morey Pope Camel Mini Pepper

Greetings, Shredderz! As long time readers may know by now, Morey Pope is a Shred Sledz favorite. Tom Morey boasts one of the most incredible resumes in surf history. Morey’s fertile mind helped bring along advancements like hollow surfboards, removable fins, and yes, Boogie Boards. The Morey Pope label was a short-lived collaboration…

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Harbour Rapier V Bottom

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have a quick glimpse at an interesting Transition Era board from a classic California surfboard label: that’s right, a vintage Harbour Rapier V Bottom that was likely shaped during the late Sixties. While the Transition Era took place only over a few short years, a whole lot of experimentation…

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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 "Shorter than short… Lighter than light… New lines, exciting contours, these boards are the latest (and the greatest) for space-age…

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Late 1960s Rick Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s post we have a neat Transition Era board from one of my favorite surfboard brands ever: Rick Surfboards. Rick Surfboards was the eponymous label from Rick Stoner, Bing Copeland’s former business partner and South Bay, Los Angeles lifeguard. For more background on Rick Surfboards, check out this Deep Dive…

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