Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So the nice people at Nice Racks sent me a wall rack to try out, which on looking at the stack of boards in the corner of the Child's room and with the summer visit fast approaching, seemed like a good idea. It duly showed up and looked quite clever, a nice modular system where you can keep adding racks if you want. I'll admit to thinking it might be a little lightweight and it definitely seemed just waaay too easy to set up. Luckily, it was indeed lightweight simply because it was plastic, and it was ridiculously quick to install, under 10 minutes even with a lot of double and triple checking placement and straightness. The thing is great, and best of all it's made from 100% recycled plastic and it's made in the USA, a rare claim these days. Excuse my photos (the top two), it's not easy to make a black wallrack look exciting, so I went for a bit of colour with a couple of showboat boards. You'd think that after all this time working with Glen Friedman, Stecyk, Kidman, Jamie Brisick, Joe Curren and so on I'd have picked up some photography skills, but no. Trefz would probably have shot it with a Hasselblad and some grainy b&w film and made it look great, so just try to imagine that. Very nice Rack though.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Go here and you can check out a very awesome edit of Josh Mulcoy surfing that was made by Patrick Trefz. Apparently it's in some deal put together by Taylor Steele where you, the punter gets to choose what sections go in his next movie. If you vote for Josh it'd be great because he's a lovely bloke, the surfing and clip are wonderful and how great would it be to hear Gil Scott-Heron in a corpo surf movie?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've gone on about how good 'Lost In The Ether' is for a while now, and it's not because Andrew's a mate, or he owes me money (actually, I think I owe him money) or some such consideration. It's because it really is an exceptional film. It seems other people think so too, as it just won the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Surfilm Festibal in San Sebastian. Here's how they described it:
'The latest film by the versatile Australian artist –his fifth, which also comes in the shape of an exquisite book– explores the process of surfboard shaping and how the final outcome is a manifestation of the shapers themselves. Kidman tracks down the single fin board that a young Michael Peterson shaped, the one he rode on that cutback he did on Morning of the Earth.'
Sums it up nicely I'd say, and they don't know the half of versatile- he's officially a family man, a shreddy ripper, a home brew wizard and now an award winning Director- but I bet he still has to do the dishes. Nice work young Kidman, and the film is for sale here.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The word has come down from Jeff Ho that he's going to shape a run of his boards- the model that Alan Sarlo has been riding at Malibu. Basically a wider squash tail shape, tri or quad and clear sanded. He's done a few and they've been ridden and liked at Malibu and in the old stomping grounds of Venice. Naturally there's no decent picture of the board, but it is the shape Sarlo is riding in the clip a few posts back, and it definitely seems to be working for him. Best of all, at $850 the price is reasonable, especially for a shaper of Jeff's caliber and history. Email info @ foamandfunction if you're interested. And a disclaimer- Jeff is of a mercurical nature so no guarantee how long this deal may last. We'll do our best though.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
A couple of takes on that old workhorse the mini Simmons. First up is a pretty classic 5'6" Mackie built for Skater Andy down in the southerly latitudes. By all accounts Andy's a skilled rider of the little wheeled boards, so this little finned one is going to be a lot of fun for him I believe. Next is a range of Tyler Warren shaped beauties form the recent Loft 9 shows. Tyler's been involved with the Hydrodynamica project from early on and has ridden all manner of RK's experiments and I have no doubt that these are some fun and functional boards. If you're interested in one (and there's any left) just email email@example.com. If you want any sort of Mackie, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a flurry of board production happening for summer it seems, so check back as there will be nice stuff popping up here over the next few weeks.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
A new issue of Point Never from Jim Newitt. Again, it's a totally minimal and lovely little zine. 30 pages or so of simplicity in a world of image overload. Very taken with Marissa Textor's hyper realist pencil drawings. Six bucks gets you a copy, shipping included, simply email info @ foamandfunction.com.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Not only is this filmed beautifully, the fun these kids are having is sort of contagious- it's hard not to smile at the simple joy of rolling downhill. No idea what Juan Rayos' story is, but I've seen a few clips he's shot with this crew of Madrid longboarders and they've all been good. His other clips on Vimeo are definitely worth checking out.
An aside for all our Australian friends:
Just in case you hadn't seen, young Andrew Kidman and band are out playing their 'spinifex surf rock' live, with projections from his and Trefz's latest films as a bonus. Here's where to go:
Thursday 2nd – The Heritage Hotel, Thirroul
Tickets from venue website | http://www.heritagehotel.com.au/ | Ph 02 4284 5884
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th, The Boatshed, Manly
Tickets from Heritage Surf Shop| http://www.heritagesurfaustralia.com/ | Ph 02 9977 7623
Sunday 5th, The Vanguard, Newtown
Tickets from venue website | http://www.thevanguard.com.au/ | Ph 02 9550 3666
Friday 1st, The Buddah Bar, Byron Bay
Tickets from the band’s website http://www.byronbaybrewery.com.au/
Saturday 2nd, The Coolangatta Hotel, Surfers Paradise
Tickets from venue website | http://www.thecoolyhotel.com.au/ | Ph 07 55 896 888
Friday 8th, The Noosa Surf Club, Noosa
Tickets from Solace Surf, Noosa | Ph 07 54470 2606
Saturday 16th, The Powerhouse Museum, Brisbane
Tickets from band’s website | http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org