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 @ foamandfunction.com 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 @ foamandfunction.com.
Oh- if you click on and enlarge that last pic, it's the dims/stringer info- the details matter....

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

2015

photo by Tom Keck, and it's one of the best.

The beginning of each year brings with it a sad reminder- January 2nd being the date Rell Sunn passed away in 1998 depriving the world of an incredibly talented, graceful and generous individual. Rell seemed to have nothing but positivity in her attitude to life, so it's seems fitting to start the year with a tribute to her and all she stands for. Thanks for taking the time to look at this weird corner of the digital world, and even more thanks to those of you who have supported us by purchasing what trinkets and artifacts we offer. You are supporting the truly independent outliers of the surf/skate culture, and we be live those are the truly important ones- the people who keep it creative and interesting and fun. 2015 will bring some good stuff- a new website, new board collaborations with Dave Parmenter, Mick Mackie, Andrew Kidman and others, a new book we hope, and much more- stayed tuned.....

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Skateboard Related Video



As the year stumbles to an end, here's a couple of videos featuring skateboarders of all ages and both genders. First is the promo for what seems like being an awesome film (or at least collection of short films) and which features so many of the guys that made skateboarding so exciting, and who are still doing it, and how's good is that beginning- Barbee, Kaupas, Hensley, Duffy, Dressen, Marcovich, Agah? Heroes. Next is a fine clip from Skateistan, an organization I support 100%. They  build skateparks and educational facilities for kids in parts of the world where there is almost zero opportunity for kids, both educationally and recreationally.  They began in Afghanistan and have since spread their programs to Kampuchea and now South Africa. If the kids want to skate, they need to go to school as well, and what's truly awesome about this how it's been a huge success for young girls, so often marginalized even in affluent Western society. There's a certain feeling of joy and positivity in both videos, and that's worth holding onto as we head into 2015. Best of luck everyone....

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jeff Ho



The very elusive Jeff Ho has a selection of boards on display at C. Nichols Project , and they are that good that they deserve the gallery setting. Incredible work, the photos barely do it justice. If you're in the LA area go and see them in person- 12613 1/2 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista 90066. Monday to Saturday, noon til 6. Epic.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sideburn & Mr. Porky


I often mention the genius that is Sideburn, an utterly superb self produced magazine and web presence that pivots around flat track racing and glory of a good motorcycle. The Sideburn lads are the epitome of independent publishing and culture, not just doing a brilliant magazine around day jobs and family, but also setting up some fantastic events. It doesn't get any better than Dirt Quake, a chance for the common folk to race like the pros, and on whatever that have to ride as there are classes for Inappropriate Road Bikes and Choppers. Genius, as is this short film produced by one of their sponsors, Mr. Porky's Pork Scratchings. This event is very very high on my to-do list....