First up, serious tip of the hat the hat to Waterman's Guild, for the glassing on this. They were sent the picture of Mdou Moctar 's bike featured in the post below and came up with this perfection. Polished so well it was damn near impossible to photograph. It's 6'7" x 21" x 2.65" and is Dave's take on MP's Kirra disc. Old school in it's way but with the wackier experimental elements left at the wayside to give a super functional board- single fin with the width and thickness up front for paddling and planing power, and a straighter rail line for serious projection, bit of vee through that nice rounded tail and softer rails to smooth it all out. I asked Christopher Kirkley, creator of the Akounak movie and the truly wonderful Sahel Sounds label (www.sahelsounds.com- if you have any interest in contemporary music this is what's happening in Saharan Africa- Taureg blues, weird synth stylings from Niger, Nigerian auto tune film songs, party Sound systems from Mali- forget those hipster kids with beards who've bought retro electronics--this is the real deal!) what 'purple surfboard' would be in the Tamashek language of the Tauregs. Given they live in a landlocked desert and apparently have no word for purple, not and easy task but Mr. Kirkley very kindly took the time to reply, and this board is officially 'assihiguilli n'amame tedalat taha tazoughai' or 'the board in water that is blue with some red in it'. Best of all, it can be yours for $850. Email info @ foamandfunction.com for details.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6'7" Taureg Purple MPegg, for sale- $850
6'6" Porsche Gulf Racing Orange Widowmaker, custom.
Dave Parmenter and Waterman's Guild Glassing deliver in serious form on these two. They'll each get their own post but feast your eyes on those seriously juicy colours and forms for now....
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The old school real deal mini Simmons. EPS, 5'3" x 21" x 2.5 or thereabouts. Hank Warner shaped it and it's genetics are pure, straight from the original Casper. This is the board that sparked a mini revolution in surf design, the board that made you realise how akin surfing and skateboarding are, the board that turned marginal sessions into magic and on a good lined up wave becomes an object lesson in how much speed planing surfaces can generate. The board that made people pay attention to Simmons and his genius. The board that spun off into a myriad of modifications and tweaks and conceptual re-imaginings that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't but meant that design ideas were being pushed and that's what it's really all about. This one is for sale, and you can email info @ foamandfunction.com for details. It's the first salvo in a barrage of very cool designs that will be coming from the Hydrodynamica brains trust in the coming weeks, so be prepared.....
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Of all the publishing projects we've been involved in over the years, this is still probably the favourite given the simplicity to joy ratio, let a lone the people it's brought into my world. 'Way Of The Bird' by Andy Davis & Andrew Kidman. Beautiful and easy- Ando's drawings overlaid onto Andrew's photos, a lovely story about a boy discovering surfing and being mentored by an older character (with a serious nod to Skip Frye) and you have a kid's book that's not going to drive parents nuts, or an off beat little art book for those without kids. Everytime I look at it, I'm pleased. Available for $25 from info @ foamandfunction.com.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Plenty of Fish from The Surfer's Journal on Vimeo.
Completely lovely little ode to the swallow tailed, twin keeled goodness by Andrew Kidman via Surfer's Journal. The always excellent Journal has a piece by Kidman in issue 24.1 on the fish that is worth cover price on it's own. Inspired, and from top to bottom: 'Heroin' fish shaped in NYC by Kidman (5'10" x 21 x 2.5", technically for sale still), 'Sharkbait' fish shaped by Kidman for Wibz, Mackie sidecut I've been frothing over, 'Bombers' fish shaped by Skip Frye for Kidman and a serious influence on the templates and details of the boards Andrew shaped, fish surfers- the little keeled beauts will make you so stylish in the water that on land you just don't care.