Saturday, November 21, 2015

Golden Mean Machine

This one, dear readers, is mine. I've coveted this shape since I first saw RK's one some time ago and after much delay I have it and I couldn't be happier. The deal is, Daniel Thomson is a really decent guy- he has this fantastic setup with Firewire to produce his boards but he also made provisions to do a limited number of the CyberSim and GMM shapes for Hydrodynamica through XTR. This one is a 6'2", a boat by Daniel's standards where 5'2" is more the norm, but I wanted that rail length and planing area while still have something that's about 'normal' shortboard length. After 1 surf in small and mediocre conditions (which is the majority of what we have to surf in LA) it was obviously the right call, but I can see why Daniel likes to make 'em small- a 5'6" would be quite functional and I think a 5'2" would be fun, but at 6'2"- this thing is a monster. It paddles beautifully, gets into waves easily and just flies- get it on the face and it's away- comes off the mark like a sports car and feels incredibly responsive but solid on the wave, not a hint of the twitchy HP board feel. It'll see some water time for sure, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it as the sort of board you'll use in 'normal' conditions. Let me get into a bigger/better wave and I'll report back, but I have a feeling it will be equally at home there. XTR has all the info here, and the newer version in stringerless epoxy sporting the Evo style channels looks like a winner. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Board Of The Week- 6'6" Mackie Sidecut

Photo: Guy Turk

Sort of boards of the week here as Mick Mackie has just paid the golden shores of the USA a visit, and left a trail of boards and serious happy surfers behind.  Mick is pretty much focusing on shaping his sidecut fish now because they're incredible boards basically, and he's found a nice niche and rhythm with them (This means the two single fin hull-esque boards I have here are the proverbial hen's teeth now, but more on them at a later date).  Mick is basically the reason we branched from surfing books into surfing boards- after trying his sidecut at the recommendation of Andrew Kidman, it was all on. The boards are an incredible ride: fast, flowing, responsive and super functional. Hooked is too mild a term, it was simply a case of wanting to help Mick get these amazing craft from his central NSW hideaway into the hands of the worldwide surfing public who had no idea what they were missing out on. Currently, we have 2 in stock- the pictured 6'6" x 22" x 3" EPS 5 box  and a matching 6' version. Although that may seem like a lot of foam, Mick is a master at distributing it where it needs to be and the board feels great under the arm and beyond great in the water. The boards we have are $850 without fins, although we can definitely organise a set of hand crafted quad fins from Nine Lights at a very good price if required. Meanwhile, east coasters should go and check out Glide Surf Co. in New Jersey where Mick shaped a batch of boards including some flex tails, and if our sizes don't work for you Mick did a few for Ryan Lovelace's Trim Surfshop in Santa Barbara in both EPS and Poly construction, sizes 6'4" to 7' if I remember correctly. To enquire about the boards here (or anything else we have) the email is as always info @

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Litmus/Glass Love/Psychic Migrations

It's been a flurry of nice Kidman related high quality soundtrack releases and here's the latest- 'Litmus' and 'Glass Love' are finally available, as CDs, LPs and in a lovely box set package from Anthology Records. The genre redefining films are available from us here at Foam and Function as are the soundtracks (on vinyl  CD) of Andrew's latest cinematic extravaganza 'Spirit Of Akasha' and it's inspiration, the classic 'Morning Of The Earth'. Seriously good stuff. Meanwhile, freshly minted and quite epic is Ryan Thomas' 'Psychic Migrations' opus which is now available via iTunes & Amazon. Having this and 'Akasha' released within mere months is a pleasure....

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kidman Surfboards!

Those above are surfboards made by hand in Andrew Kidman's shed in Australia- a Splice, a Tigertoe and a classic fish. Andrew makes very clean very functional surfboards, but he doesn't make a lot and  he's not particularly keen on marketing himself, so they have been far from available. Until now, at least sort of. We've got a good functional and affordable way to get boards up to the U.S. and Andrew   is ready to shape a few for interested parties. This might be a limited time offer so if you're interested please let us know. As always, email Very stoked this is happening.....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Board Of The Week- 5' 7" Simster

This here is a sparkling new Simster that I've not been trying very hard to sell, but I have one of my own and this needs to go. Back in the heady early days of the Simmons discoveries, the initial excitement over the performance of the (now) classic mini Sim immediately sparked a need to see what the design could be moulded to, and this was an astonishingly good variant. Still wide enough for planing action at 21", but with the tail stepped down courtesy of the wing to a more turning friendly width, but still within Lindsay Lord's proscribed sizing for clean water release. The twin keels are augmented by a trailing fin the result isn't so much a shortboard style Simmons as a whole new bag. These boards are fast and have that feeling of lightness and flight that a mini Sim gives, but with whole new turning radius action- they can be thrown around like the most high performance of shortboards then accelerate out of the business like a true Simmons. Immediately a favourite with the young Windansea crew, they've always seemed to me the important link from Simmons to Tomo, but I take this stuff way to seriously. EPS construction of course, Hank Warner shaped and a complete bargain at $800. Email info @ for more details.....

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Neal Purchase Jnr

The first batch of Neal's boards is done an en route to Californian shores, and we're getting the next shipment together. If you're interested in a board, let us know and we'll give you pricing and details- is the email address to use. Duos and Quartets and Sweet Peas definitely, but don't forget Neal does a really good single and he's a true master with the 2+1 widow maker set up....

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Day At The Beach Sideburn style....

Brilliant, and here's a day in the snow Simmons style courtesy of the good folks at December Snowskates....