Friday, February 24, 2017

Excuse Our Absence- Here's some surboards....


Dave Parmenter adding finishing touches to a 6'6" channeled single


Utterly cherry (if slightly crooked) Neal Purchase Jnr. Duo





Griffin Stepanek diamond tailed single in a nice clean new shaping bay
 

Kidman/Parmenter Widowmaker sets from Alkali- freshly restocked

It's been a while, but we have excuses. Aside from the everyday banalities of needing to earn a living and so forth, things have been busy. There's a website rapidly approaching completion, there's a trip to the UK/France being organized for the awesome Wheels & Waves event in June and there's so much good new stuff about to land in our laps.
Dave Parmenter has been whittling foam like mad- pictured you see a soon to be available 6'6" Channeled Single but there's also a fresh 6'9" widowmaker and an awesome 6'4" channeled single based on what Rabbit Bartholomew was riding in those weird days right before the thruster took over,  More on that very soon.
Neal Purchase Jnr. is on form, there's a new batch of boards being prepared right now for those who want customs, there's a 5'8" 2+1 and a 5'8" twin + trailer available now for some lucky souls and a special in house Duo in the works but more on that soon.
The first batch of boards from former San Diego scallywag turned up-and-coming shaper Griffin Stepanek are arriving this week, a 3 pack of single, twin and quad designs, beautifully minmal and supremely functional, but more on that soon.
New batch of Alkali fins! We're restocked on 6.5" & 7.25" classic singles, widowmaker sets a fresh 10" flex fin and size L t-shirts! More on those soon.
Curmudgeon renaissance man Andrew Kidman has a brand new set of Wayne Deane crafted shaping racks and the first boards of them are a longfish and a Dreamboard destined for us, but more on that soon.
If you're interested in any of the above, or just have something worth telling us, foamandfunction@gmail.com is the contact. Thanks for your time.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Guild Surfboards



The above boards are the Matchbox model from the new Guild Surfboards label, courtesy of the fine gents at Waterman's Guild. They are our glass shop of choice in Southern California, a family run business who have been putting the outsides on surfboards for over 30 years and are Dave Parmenter's choice for the finishing touches on his boards which is good enough for us. They've made what seems a natural leap into board production as they have access to some excellent young shapers, Griffin Newman who's worked with the likes of Almond in this case, and a great facility. Guild Boards are the more 'classic' line of shapes while eclectic/HPSB designs will come out through Vega Surfboards. The output so far has been seriously impressive, especially this Simmons-esque Matchbox model. They have these two in stock, the Orange/Black is a 5'6" with glassed on keel fins (black glassed on keel fins- told you they were good) and runs $740 while the 5'4" has quad boxes and is $655. They're in the Guild store here and we will definitely be showing you more, including a new project that's just gotten underway.....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5'8" Neal Purchase Jnr 2+1 For Sale







Bit of a stunner this one, already dubbed the Black Widow. 5'8" x 19 3/4" x 2 3/8", matt black tint from the wizards at KMD Surfboards, custom NPJ fins. Indulge your inner Nick Cave. $1175


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Ellis Ericson Keels In Action






Via Banks, here's Jason Salisbury putitng one of Ellis' twins through it's paces in Bali complete with a set of the Alkali keels. Utterly fantastic bit of finnage these, Ellis used his own experience in what he wants from a twin with what he learned from time spent with the master George Greenough, and the good folk at Alkali provided the hands on building skill. Almost sold out of our stock, but there's a set left. $130, email foamandfunction@gmail.com for details.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

New Year: New Boards From Griffin Stepanek








New Year, new start, new horizons. After the horror that was 2016 and after the last few posts of gloriously tinted, juicy eye poppingly fine resin work, it feels right to start with an aesthetic palate cleanser. The above boards were shaped by former Yard Possum alumni Griffin Stepanek. After spending much of his young life in San Diego surrounded by and riding some very classic and very interesting craft, Griffin has put these experiences to pratical youth and is shaping some very, very clean craft. We're excited that we'll have some of his boards available- these young guys are the next wave of where surfboard design will go, and a positive aspect of some very strange times indeed. 

Thanks as always for your attention over the past year, it's always good to know there's others out there that get this. Onwards and upwards....

Saturday, December 24, 2016

6'2" Parmenter Six Channel Single For Sale








Quite simply the most spectacular glass job on one of the best bits of surfboard design we've come across in a a long while. Mr. Parmenter's remix of the classic channeled single fin (the original was made for Stephanie Gilmore to ride in 'Spirit Of Akasha') takes a classic Michael Peterson concept and mixes modern functional elements gleaned from Dave's decades of hands on surfboard research and development. The boards are a favourite go-to ride here- fast and stylish as a good single should be, but with surprising performance is waves that are somewhat less than perfect. Factor in the seriously lush Waterman's Guild glass work, and this is a gem of a board. 6'2" x 19.5" x 2.65" , $885 without fin (but we can sort you out a perfect option very reasonably)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

5'11" Andrew Kidman Dreamboard





The companion piece to the Longfish, and available (unless I keep it). 5'11" x 21" x 2 5/8". Geppy keels, channeled magic.

"The Dreamboard is a combination of a number of designs I like. Back in 2005 I was messing around with my Skip Frye Fish. Whilst in overhead waves the design was fantastic I always struggled to get speed out of it in smaller waves. I concluded that the pins on the tail were creating drag in the smaller surf and slowing the board down. I figured that if I used a fish outline but did not cut the swallows into the tail, leaving it square I could create more surface area for planing and more speed....."

This is what it's all about and why we're here. The people willing to think and experiment and bring design to where the cookie cutter 'one board for everyone and every wave' machine made mentality won't go. More power to the creators.