Hi, this is Herbie Fletcher, inventor of the EVA Tail Pad, Kick Tail, Arch Bar, and Multi-Gridlock tread design that I named Astrodeck in the late ’70s. I created and promoted my products in magazines and surf movies, including the Wave Warriors series presented by the Astroboys, which, at the time, was the film division of my parent company Astrodeck. The origins, history, vision, and inventions coming from myself and Astrodeck has been a 30+ year experience.
I’ve had the good fortune to work with the greatest surfers from all over the globe in perfecting the Astrodeck tail pads, and I’m stoked to be known and respected as the Godfather of Traction.
To know that some impostor has stolen - not only my brand name - but my history and all the artwork from my ads to promote his inferior line of traction, is not only insulting, but I can’t imagine that the international surf community and all the great Brazilian surfers would condone such a blatant case of misrepresentation and fraud.
We’ve had the heaviest team photo shoot in the history of surfing; right on the beach in front of the Pipeline House that I owned with Gerry Lopez. This young kook stealing my name would not have been allowed on the beach (had he been born), neither would have been his predecessor; the guy who originally stole my Astrodeck name.
Thanks to all of you who know and continue to support the real Astrodeck - the originator, not the imitator!
San Clemente, CA
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