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Happy 90th Birthday Renny Yater

Renny Yater has been making surfboards longer than NASA has been sending people to space. He started off in the 50s and last time I checked, Renny is still going strong. I don’t think he hand shapes much any more, but that’s just a minor detail when you’re looking at a solid seven…

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Pat Curren for Yater Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! For better or for worse, we live in a time when brands are hellbent on collaborating with one another. Far too often it seems like the emphasis is on the partnership itself, and not the end product. Decades before the term “collab” started showing up in marketing meetings, legendary big wave…

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Impeccable Classic Yater Spoon

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got another classic for you, courtesy of Jason Burnett, the man behind Edinburgh-based Jay Surfboards. Check out Jay Surfboards on Instagram here. The Yater Spoon is one of a handful of classic 60s noseriders that is still going strong today. The board you see here is a somewhat newer…

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70s Yater Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a stick from my personal stash. Featured here is a 1970s Renny Yater single fin, hand shaped by the man himself. First things first: you can tell it’s Renny hand shape thanks to the signature on the deck, right below the classic logo. (Note: I believe later versions…

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Sixties Surfboards Variety Pack

Greeting, Shredderz! I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: Harbour Surfboards’ website has one of the best stashes of vintage surf ads you can find on the internet. The full page you see above originally ran in the Feb / March 1963 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 4, No 1). I know…

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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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“Crystal Voyager”, MP and More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to the latest edition of Clipz, where we’re throwing together a hodge podge of vintage surf flicks for your viewing pleasure. Keep scrolling for some more selections. George Greenough “Crystal Voyager” Snippets I was surprised enough to see Greenough starring in an O’Neill wetsuits ad, so imagine when I came…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Memorial Day Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! For those of you Stateside, I hope you’re all having a wonderful (and safe) Memorial Day. As always, the Weekend Grab Bag features surfboards that are all listed for sale as of the time of publishing. Without any further ado here’s a handful of sticks that are up for grabs, including…

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Transition Era Yater Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! While I’m an equal opportunity surfboard aficionado, I have to confess I have a soft spot for the great state of California and its craftsmen. I remain amazed at the variety and density of surf culture packed into the roughly 200+ miles of coast between San Diego and Santa Barbara, which…

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