Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Andrew Kidman- Plenty Of Fish

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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ben Chipper

The above photos are from Ben Chipper's blog. He's Australian, but he's bloody brilliant and a true fin making inspiration. Check him out.....

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Ryan Burch

Yeah, this has been kicking around for a while but damn it's good. Watch, then watch again. And again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Aleutian Juice Widowmaker Fins!

Very, very happy about this indeed. Ladies & Gentleman, these are the first rudders to come from a foray into the manufacture and sale of excellent hand crafted and surf proven fins. Dave Parmenter is the motivator behind this, and it's mainly his designs and deep template collection we'll be drawing on. The fins are being made by B.C. Rudders in Hawaii, and whole set up will be small scale, hand made and very cool.  These first examples are Dave's own widow maker design, and it doesn't get much more authentic than that. Solid 7.5" center fin, sidebites are single foil and 3" & change. Two colors as you see, $100 for the set. Email info @ if you're interested, and stay posted, we'll have more soonish (these things are being made by one guy in Hawaii) and there's going to be full fin run downs from Dave as well as a few collaborations with the usual suspects. Stoked!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wolfhound Fins

Down to the last pair of Neal Purchase Jnr. Wolfhound fins. One of the only modern shapers making an old school single- plenty of base, nice and thick well drivey. There's 1 of each left, a 7.5" Beer tint and an 8.5" bottle tint. $110, made in Australia by the really excellent Salty Merchant. As always email info @ if you're interested.  Here's Purcho doing his thing with a channeled single from start to finish....

Nice clip by Nathan Tommassi courtesy of NPJ's long time sponsors Rhythm. Stellar stuff, always such a great surfer to watch in action, and he's really coming into his own as a shaper.....

Yes, that's a double single. Go Neal!

Friday, January 09, 2015

5'10" Andrew Kidman Fish For Sale

But not willingly really. The story is this: Late 2013/early 2014 Mr. Kidman was in the US briefly and decided to shape a very limited run of 10 boards. Most went as customs, a few to the very excellent Pilgrim Surf Supply in Brooklyn and a brace wound up in my hands as the West Coast stock. They arrived in June, literally hours before I left to Europe and so were not immediately documented, and then on returning and settling in again, I started obsessing on just how good this board is. 5'10" x 21" x 2 1/2" Off white/greyish tint. Andrew has immersed himself in the work of the   San Diego masters, Frye & Lis, and has hands on experience with their boards which is so utterly apparent in this craft. Single foil keels, glassed at Faktion in New York. Sum of it's parts most definitely.  The real kicker with this one is that the late great Lou Reed had passed right before Andrew left on his travels, and so each of the New York boards is a tribute to the man with 'RIP Lou' and the title of one of his songs on the stringer. This one? 'Heroin". Yes, I want to keep it really but justifying that is hard, so here it is- up for sale at the price Andrew charges- $1100- with no shipping from Australia issues and one time only. The money will simply go back to Andrew for the next board and the cycle of independent craftsmanship continues. This is good. To enquire or comment, email info @
Oh- if you click on and enlarge that last pic, it's the dims/stringer info- the details matter....