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Jeff Ho Quad

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a somewhat unusual board from one of California’s all-time cult surfboard labels. I’ve written many times about my interest in Zephyr Surfboards and how Venice Beach in the 70s helped shaped modern skateboarding, and by extension, many other elements of modern street culture. Almost all of the Zephyr…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Surfboards La Jolla + 1980s Zephyr

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to a mid-week edition of the Grab Bag. Here are some cool boards currently listed for sale online. Surfboards La Jolla Swallowtail Single Fin (Craigslist San Diego) The late Mirandon Brothers, Bear and Nick, are held in high regard by a who’s who of the San Diego scene: Rusty Preisendorfer…

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Dogtown Razzle Dazzle: Zephyr Jeff Ho Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! I recently found myself watching “Lords of Dogtown”. As the movie opened with 70s Venice Beach in all its gritty glory, I wondered why I had waited so long to watch the movie. Well, I got my answer as soon as the first surfing scene came on. Hollywood has a rich…

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Zephyr by Ben Aipa

No, the title of this post is not a misprint. When I first came across this board I almost fell out of my chair. Ben Aipa shaped boards for Zephyr , the iconic Venice-based label that helped define the gritty Dogtown scene of the Seventies?! I still can’t quite believe that these two…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup: February Funk

Greetings, Shredderz! Here in California winter is coming to a close. As always, here are some of my favorite social media posts from the past month or so. You want to talk about power surfing, how’s this combo: a sweet Ben Aipa twin fin shaped for none other than Aussie lead foot extraordinaire…

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Stussy Single Fin

Zephyr Surfboards Duo

Greetings, Shredderz! Today’s post won’t be very long and I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos. But any time a Zephyr Surfboard pops up, I’m contractually obligated to write about it here. There are actually two Zephyr Surfboards currently listed for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. You can…

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Sagas of Shred

Vintage Body Glove Ad: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! Your Shreditor in Chief is still on the road — not on a surf trip, alas — which means that I’ll be relying on my advanced Google skills to bring you more vintage surf ads. Today’s Sagas of Shred entry features an awesome Seventies Body Glove ad, which you can see…

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Jeff Ho for Blue Cheer Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is unearthing lesser-known bits of surf history. In particular, I love geeking out on shapers’ more obscure boards: Dick Brewer shaping under the Lahaina Surf Designs label during the Sixties (yes, the acronym is intentional); Shawn Stussy’s stint at Russell…

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Jeff Ho for Vissla

I can’t say I’m too interested in what the surfwear industry has been up to lately. This is a far cry from my grommethood, when I once made my dad drive forty five minutes so I could get a specific Hurley backpack I had spotted in Surfer Magazine (thanks Pops!). There is perhaps…

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Vintage Zephyr Jeff Ho Surfboard

Greetings, Shredderz! As some of you may know by now, there are few things I appreciate more than 70s single fins with some real history to them. Seventies surfboard labels don’t get any more storied than legendary Zephyr Surfboards. Despite playing a critical role in the development of Southern California surf and skate…

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