Monday, November 29, 2010

On the drawing Board

Very proud and privileged to be building a board for the ever competent wave rider and master Graphics man Erik Adloph. We met and talked at length about out-line rocker and fins. We have a winner winner --Chicken dinner on our hands.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

When Apricots meet Thunder Clouds at Easter Time

Just finished up this new ride for Mr Steve Banks himself. Big into paddle boarding these days, and a tasteful connoisseur of the effortless glide. Discussed around some shapes been shared these days, revolving around down rails and fuller volume wing-nose.

9'8" x 17" x 22" x 13 1/4" x 3 1/8

Nine Eight

Wax on debut slide

Priorities ?

Gotta keep priorities in order.. still learning here!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Style and the Documentation thereof.

With Southern California’s once emerging surf 
subculture now seemingly well past the point of 
complete saturation, it’s tempting to take a nostalgic 
look back to those simpler one-fin times of the late 
1950’s and early 60’s at surf Meccas such as Malibu 
and San Onofre. 
Los Angeles-based clothing designer Kio Inagaki is 
especially fascinated with this time period because 
of its “refined style and uniqueness—a time before 
all the mass-production and commercialism, when 
surfers were riding their locally shaped boards and 
wearing clothes made in the USA.” Inagaki’s Yellow 
Rat label is inspired by clothing worn by early 
members of the WindAnSea Surf Club along with 
legendary surfers Phil Edwards and Lance Carson. 
Speaking of Edwards and Carson, their surfboards 
are on display at the Surfing Heritage Foundation 
in San Clemente--which houses over 150 surfboards 
and serves to illustrate the evolution of surfboard 
design. The collection contains Simmons, Quiggs, 
Kivlins, Velzys, Brewers and includes boards ridden 
by the likes of Gerry Lopez, Duke Kahanamoku and 
numerous other legends of the sport. Also on display 
is a shaping shack built with wood from the late 
Dale Velzy’s old fence. It’s filled with Velzy’s tools 
and a balsa blank rough shaped by him. 
Up and coming San Clemente-based shaper Donald 
Brink recently visited Velzy’s shaping shack where 
he felt an “incredible appreciation for [Velzy’s] 
dedication to custom-built wooden boards—it was 
so much more of a labor of love back in those days.” 
Brink’s appreciation also stems from his personal 
experience shaping balsa wood surf craft inspired 
by the finless hot curl boards from the early ‘50’s. 
For his Revolver label, Brink looks at retro concepts 
for inspiration and builds user-friendly boards for the 
modern surfer. “There is definitely a trend right now 
where people are riding classic and retro boards 
without shame. You can go down to San Onofre 
today and watch kids drawing elegant lines with the 
class and style of the forefathers of surfing.” 
One such forefather is Walter Viszolay from Laguna 
Beach who started surfing in 1961, and now at 61 
years old, still shapes and rides his own wooden 
longboards. “Being a surfer back then when not 
many people were doing it was really special. Things 
have changed now, but I still manage to find places 
that aren’t crowded where I can enjoy surfing similar 
to how it was back then—with my son Eli—now.” 
And so it goes—the spirit of surf stoke gets passed 
along to the next generation.—Gabe Sullivan 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A neat little 9'0"

Shaped a neat little 9'0" Today.

Dim's  read: 9'0" x 18"x 23 1/2" 16 1/4" 3 3/8 "

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Accurate Planer Trials

I was very fortunate to have my wife win the new Accurate Planer JN1 model at the launch party a few weeks ago. Such a treasured tool, and an asset to my shed. Way to go and many thanks to Jed Knoll and Accurate.

link to Jed's comments on JN2:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Literal thoughts on foam


FREE Lunch

Working on a new small wave model. Hosting some Flowing traits from the Old-school, and some newer familiar feelings. Fish substitute, and egg counterpart.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Built me a Water Housing

I have been building and now completed my own Water housing. Constructed of the most vast array of articles from around the workshop and the house, but primarily constructed of fiber glass and acrylic. So far so good ,no leaks, and even a couple useable shots from her first swim out.
The ever able and consistent Tyler Warren playing his role with style. Thanks Tyler. Be sure to check out for his adventures and creations.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Stock in Shop Thanks to "ICONS OF SURF"

Thanks to the the Boys and Girls at ICONS for letting me in and sharing some excitement.

So honored to be in another store. These are ideas that keep me up at night. My hope is that some one else out there will now have an opportunity to explore the mind-trails for themselves, and gather some stoke.
After all there are many ways to travel..

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fill in the Blanks

Picked up a few customs to shape up.

...fill in the blanks

Channel Bottoms !

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Kevin Short video by Surfers Journal
Check out the 10 minute video for yourself. Kevin Short a Master of Paint. Video by Jeff Girard.