Bit of a stunner this one, already dubbed the Black Widow. 5'8" x 19 3/4" x 2 3/8", matt black tint from the wizards at KMD Surfboards, custom NPJ fins. Indulge your inner Nick Cave. $1175
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Via Banks, here's Jason Salisbury putitng one of Ellis' twins through it's paces in Bali complete with a set of the Alkali keels. Utterly fantastic bit of finnage these, Ellis used his own experience in what he wants from a twin with what he learned from time spent with the master George Greenough, and the good folk at Alkali provided the hands on building skill. Almost sold out of our stock, but there's a set left. $130, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
New Year, new start, new horizons. After the horror that was 2016 and after the last few posts of gloriously tinted, juicy eye poppingly fine resin work, it feels right to start with an aesthetic palate cleanser. The above boards were shaped by former Yard Possum alumni Griffin Stepanek. After spending much of his young life in San Diego surrounded by and riding some very classic and very interesting craft, Griffin has put these experiences to pratical youth and is shaping some very, very clean craft. We're excited that we'll have some of his boards available- these young guys are the next wave of where surfboard design will go, and a positive aspect of some very strange times indeed.
Thanks as always for your attention over the past year, it's always good to know there's others out there that get this. Onwards and upwards....
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Quite simply the most spectacular glass job on one of the best bits of surfboard design we've come across in a a long while. Mr. Parmenter's remix of the classic channeled single fin (the original was made for Stephanie Gilmore to ride in 'Spirit Of Akasha') takes a classic Michael Peterson concept and mixes modern functional elements gleaned from Dave's decades of hands on surfboard research and development. The boards are a favourite go-to ride here- fast and stylish as a good single should be, but with surprising performance is waves that are somewhat less than perfect. Factor in the seriously lush Waterman's Guild glass work, and this is a gem of a board. 6'2" x 19.5" x 2.65" , $885 without fin (but we can sort you out a perfect option very reasonably)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The companion piece to the Longfish, and available (unless I keep it). 5'11" x 21" x 2 5/8". Geppy keels, channeled magic.
"The Dreamboard is a combination of a number of designs I like. Back in 2005 I was messing around with my Skip Frye Fish. Whilst in overhead waves the design was fantastic I always struggled to get speed out of it in smaller waves. I concluded that the pins on the tail were creating drag in the smaller surf and slowing the board down. I figured that if I used a fish outline but did not cut the swallows into the tail, leaving it square I could create more surface area for planing and more speed....."
This is what it's all about and why we're here. The people willing to think and experiment and bring design to where the cookie cutter 'one board for everyone and every wave' machine made mentality won't go. More power to the creators.
Monday, December 05, 2016
Handshaped of course, with Geppy Keels and a burnt orange tint from the excellent Surfer's Country glassing workshop. Boards from Andrew take a while, he shapes slowly and meticulously, the glassing is done by Jun, an equally focused one man operation and result makes it all completely worthwhile. We may have found a way around our biggest obstacle which has been shipping from Australia to the US, so you'll be seeing these boards more regularly we hope. These are what it's all about.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Inspired by the love of twinnies and a friend of ours who's just had Peter shape him a quite fantastic board, here's a quick look at a few more 80's gems from the fevered mind of Mr. Schroff. He was known for his involvement in the whole flouro driven 80's Newport Beach scene. He started shaping in his early teens and influenced by Wayne Lynch and visits to Australia, he refined his twin fin designs to very high degree. Deep V, baby swallowtails and wider shapes, he played with all and built some rockets before choosing the art world as his main occupation. He's recently come back to shaping, and judging by Sean's board, he's not lost any of the fire.