Saturday, November 20, 2010
9'8" x 17" x 22" x 13 1/4" x 3 1/8
Friday, October 22, 2010
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
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYWAERwUGvg
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
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 Surf-knot.blogspot.com for his adventures and creations.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
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..
Monday, April 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Check out the 10 minute video for yourself. Kevin Short a Master of Paint. Video by Jeff Girard.