Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lynch Swirls & The Brown Birds From Windy Hill

Post Trefz tour, Sacred Craft and other assorted jaunts I'm finally getting stuff in order and I'm about to try and do some updates on the Foam & Function site as there's new goods. It's killing me as I now have a stack of beeyoootiful Lynch single fins in the house. Here's some serious resin swirl action, and I wish someone would buy one of these as not only are they epic boards, but should a decent swell come the temptation would be very great. The blue 6'7" is $725 and the orange acid swirl is $775.

Among the new goods are some t-shirts and here's the legendary Brown Birds From Windy Hill bootleg of the bootleg shirt. Black only cause it's rock and roll. Still got a few of the 'Searching For Michael Peterson' soundtrack CDs left too, only $22 postpaid. As always, email me at if you're interested. The rest of the associates are scattered and getting the surf I wish for- boat trips to in Mex, art shows in Japan- there should be some interesting photos from all this action soon I hope.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ether Monthly #2

Narrabeen by Andrew Kidman, from Ether.

After the chaos of the last couple of weeks, this image seems to encapsulate what I want perfectly- it looks cold, empty and somewhat epic. AK's home break, Narrabeen, is a storied one even by Australian standards. Simon Anderson is a local here, and that says a lot.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Like A Rhinestone B-Boy

In the 80's, one of these men was breakdancing to Afrika Bambaata at the Camden Palace and the other was getting shout outs on NYC hip hop radio. Stupid fresh.

Ray Barbee @ The Surf Gallery Laguna Beach

Unbelievably, we not only made it through the Thread tour unscathed but it was the most fun I've had on dry land in a long time. Our thanks to those who showed at the events and to those who helped make it happen (especially the very kind folks at Primo who's generosity fueled some of the best moments). Trefz was an epic travelling companion and he has some serious stamina as in just a day or two he's back on the road for a surf photo trip. Me, I'm catching up on sleep, work and jonesing for another visit to the La Gloria Market & Restaurant in lovely Oxnard CA for more carnitas. If you missed the shows and want a book, there's a few signed copies sitting here and you can email me at to get one.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sketchy Business Tour 09

Sorry ladies, he's spoken for. Andy Davis, top notch artist and surf celebrity, models the excellent Tour shirt shortly before the evening took a wild turn or two.

Carl Ekstrom builds boards, and he builds a model of the board first. Seriously detailed model too, the rails on these things are amazing.

The Tudors and a fully psychedelic looking Bill Bahne by P. Trefz

New Shirts! Some styling designs, small run to start so get 'em while they're hot-you can email at info@foamandfunction as always. I've got Trefz books too if you can't make a show.

Exhaustion was kicking in, but a solid 5 hours last night and we're back on it with Trefz heading to NYC for a signing event with Powerhouse, and me trying to get the Sacred Craft booth organised. San Diego was a stormer, huge thanks to those who showed. I fully loved the mix, Carl Ekstrom & Bill Bahne talking design to Chris Del Moro, Tyler Warren and the new school kids, Bauguess and Elwell dropping knowledge and checking Daniel Thomson's ultra hitech performance boards, Trefz and RK had the visuals dialed in, the Windansea groms turned up and laughed at us geezers, Old Man Hands were fantastic, sounding a little darker and wilder I thought, Ando became a wild man, Trefz whipped up midnight tacos, the Primo stocks took a serious hit and the Shores was pretty good on the AM. Join us at the Surf Gallery, 911 S. Coast Hwy this Friday for more of the same and we'll be in booth G3 at the Sacred Craft this Saturday and Sunday with some fantastic boards- I collected a few Lynchs, the Mackies are ready, we'll have the new Hydrodynamica Test Pilot boards of course, and as a total bonus, Carl Ekstrom is on the team and will be bringing some exceedingly interesting stuff. Saturday night we end this batch of book shenanigans at Tom Curren's shop, 727 State St Santa Barbara. Tom will play and I bet Trefz gets silly.

Monday, May 11, 2009

And so it begins....

The cover collage- this thing is epic in person.

Bella had run out of sticks so she fetched oranges for a bit.

Alex, the hardest working man in showbiz, about to make his first attempt at hanging a show. He'd had a brief tutorial from the master and he did a perfect job of it. Impressive.

In the days of yore, the sudden and unexpected arrival of heavily armed Vikings caused fear and chaos among my Highland forebears. The same is true today, although the consequences are less dire.

Up north is dealt with and it was brilliant. Edited highlights include arriving in Santa Cruz in time to get a moonrise session in head high waves at a spot a few miles out of town, then a fantastic SF show - Kirkeby's place on Texas St is incredible, he's a master framer and if you're up there and have art he's your man. The crowd in SF is always one of the best and my thanks to the regulars like Brittany and Crystal who turn up without fail, Joe Curren was in town while en route to somewhere else and had some of his up norcal friends there too, and_Hod played most entertainingly, free beer flowed and books were admired and purchased. Simply can't beat that. Santa Cruz next and a bit more casual, Patzog working the grill and the SC surfers are some of the most interested, open and enthusiastic about board design that I've ever met. Totally enjoyed several hours of it all, talking Bernoulli and dynamic lift with mechanical engineers, former pros and shapers. Brilliant. I even love the drive, hauling up and back through some really lovely country, stopping to surf places I visit too rarely, blasting that hill down into SLO, the joy of rounding certain bends and seeing the ocean alive, the haul down through the Gaviota pass and seeing the landscape shift from gold hills and oaks to chapparal and the smell of ocean- I love this stuff. San Diego tomorrow, 340 16th St with the art and new visuals and a bonus preview of the Hydrodynamica Test Pilot Series boards. Oh, and beer of course.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Down South

3 More from Joe Curren who's just returned from another trip to the far south (a different continent this time) that hopefully we'll see some images from soon. The Thread signing tour progresses- aside from the 8th in San Francisco and the 9th in Santa Cruz he'll be doing the following:
Tues 5/12- San Diego at the Swift Movement Stockyard, 340 16th St 7-10
Weds 5/13- Los Angeles at the Alva Store, Fairfax Ave 7-10
Friday 5/15- Laguna Beach at the Surf Gallery, 7-10
Saturday 5/16- Santa Barbara at Tom Curren's Rip Curl Store, State St, 7-10
The shows will all feature art, music and visuals as well as free beer from our generous friends at Primo Island Lager. Come by and say hello.
Of course the 16th and 17th are also the weekend of the Sacred Craft Surfboard Show in Ventura, and we'll be there with an array of excellent surfcraft from The Swift Movement, Mick Mackie and Tim Griffin. The show has a really impressive roster of companies involved, so it'll be well worth your time and $5 entry fee.