Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alkali Fin Shirts & Rainbows


One of the recent things we're very proud of has been becoming a distributor for Alkali Fins. Handcrafted and foiled in Byron Bay with an incredible  amount of care and detail, they've more than lived up their promise. Given they do everything by hand in small batches, it's easy for them to get creative and do things like the Kidman/Parmenter widowmaker set that is what connected us in the first place, or the soon to be in stock (hopefully) rainbow panel fins. Incredible work, and they even have cool t-shirts to go with it, of which we have a very limited stock. Reflection on the left, Rainbow on the right. $30 + $5 shipping inside the US, M/L/XL available. Just email foamandfunction@gmail.com to order or tell us something good about fins.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Available 6'2" Duo from Neal Purchase Jnr

Every once in a while, there's a stock board in the boxes sent up by Neal and this was indeed one of those times. There is a 6'2" x 21" x 2.5" Duo that needs a home- clear wet sanded and with a double stringer and a set of Neal's custom fins in a nice blue. These boards are a bit magic- fast and smooth like a single fin but with a really wonderful pivoty hold in the turns. Hand shaped with solid glassing from the lads at KMD Surfboards in Australia, these are just a seriously good surfboard. $1175, just email foamandfunction@gmail.com for details.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The 20th Anniversary Litmus Fish

It's sort of stunning to think it's been 20 years since the release of 'Litmus', especially given the weight the film still has. Personally it was a game changer- the film that made me excited about surfing again, the film that lead me down the path of the fish and the single fin and widowmaker and all the permutations that you see on this silly little blog. And the high point within the high point for so many of us was seeing Derek Hynd and his quiver at J-Bay- effortless, playful and utterly precise surfing, a few magical moments. Now, 20 years on the film is slowly getting it's dues and Deek is still surfing at an insane level only now he can't be bothered with fins. Andrew by way of some sort of celebration has has shaped two boards, both fish heavily influenced by his beloved Frye fish, and each hand painted with the classic Hynd high line. They are available, and are definitely an edition of 2. We also have copies of the original film as well as Andrew's books 'Ether' and the 
Way Of The Bird' collaboration with Andy Davis. Get in touch at foamandfunction@gmail.com for details.

Monday, September 26, 2016

6' Channeled Parmenter MPegg

It is, of course, all about keeping things fresh and playing with ideas. Not something you can do so easily with a machine shaped/mass produced board, but quite wonderful when you're working with one the greatest shapers out there. Dave Parmenter has an incredibly functional approach to design, boards are built from a very deep pool of design knowledge, especially when it comes to the single fin and how it can still be modern. The original MPegg was of course a single fin, and we've had a few beauties through in the past. Inspired by the MP singles of the 70s with all the somewhat extreme design experiments tamed, it's a great board that rides so well it feels like cheating. But still, it's fun to play so why not throw in the channels that feel so good on the V6? And maybe some widowmaker-esque sidebite plugs to hot rod it a little? With these mods and at 6' it's a little rocket of board, and naturally the Waterman's Guild crew kept it looking superlative- summer sky blue tint with yellow pinline and a finbox drill through leash loop. All a bit bloody marvelous and it's available. $850- just email foamandfunction@gmail.com if you're interested or have questions.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hydrodynamica Reboot

Admittedly it's not that they went away, it's just things slowed down due to issues with finding a glasser who could do the boards in EPS quickly and well. El Jefe Kenvin took the opportunity to freshen things up and the result is Jon Wegener is now shaping the boards, his guy is glassing them and they look utterly great. The first batch we saw contained a range of board models all of which were super high quality, so there will now be a flow of Hydrodynamica craft appearing here we hope. Should you want something like, for instance, a 6' Cyber Sim-esque beauty with tri Futures boxes, it's a mere $700. Usual deal, email foamandfunction @ gmail.com for the full details. Simmons' design concepts have never felt more relevant than now, and these boards are the source of the wave. The real deal,.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kidman/Parmenter Widowmaker Fins

And these are the impetus behind working with Alkali- custom Widowmaker fins collaborated on by Andrew Kidman and Dave Parmenter. 7" centre with a little less area and a little more rake than the classic Widowmaker fins, it's going to be a brilliant set up for those of us who favour the concept. The quality of the Alkali fins is just incredible too, hand made and foiled by a small family operation in Australia, these are just immaculate fins. Proper happy to have these available, $130 for the centre with sidebites, one size and one colourway as these were done in a small run. Email foamandfunction @ gmail.com for ordering details.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Alkali Fins Round 2

Ellis Ericson Keels, 6" high x 6.5" base. So utterly good.

7.25" Classic Singles are restocked, very nice clear one.

Classic Twins, 6.5", single foil.

9" Flex Fin, 9" Hull Flex Fin. Again, they feel so intuitively good.

10" Flex Fin

The second batch of Alkali fins arrived and they are easily as good as the first. Quite honestly the best foiled fins we've seen, these are something we're very proud to be making available. Email foamandfunction @ gmail.com for colour options. We've got some boards coming that will go very nicely with these fins too........