Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kidman Shaping In The US

I shape boards that I’m interested in riding. Be it channel bottoms, single fins, traditional fish or prototypes that are combinations of these designs.

I believe in customizing equipment for the individual. I grew up with access to this kind of one-on- one experience, for me it has been one of the most enjoyable parts of the surfing journey. I’d like to continue to make that experience available for other surfers.
It seems that if you're US based, there's a window where you can get a board shaped by Andrew Kidman without the hassle of retrieving it or shipping it from Australia. The lad is going to be making a stop in New York during October, and plans on shaping a very limited number of boards while he's there. To get the details, just email It's a pretty good excuse to order up a new board......

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kustom Kulture

One for those in So-Cal- this show is up at the Huntington Beach Art Center until the end of the month, the 20th anniversary revisit of the original which was undoubtedly a game-changer for art. This Saturday the 24th at 7pm there's a panel discussion featuring Stecyk, Paul Frank, Robert Williams and D.E. Hardy amongst others which could definitely be worth a look.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Surfboards Pt. 8- Jon Wegener

I've had the joy of doing a few of these 'surfboard shows' in my time, and often in the company of Jon. He's a lovely fellow with the patience of a saint who never once lost his temper after hours of guys in Aloha shirts and corpo boardshorts staring slack-jawed at his alaias and saying 'you can't really stand up on these can you?'. He builds a lovely wood finless slider, he builds a lovely nearly finless slider (the Bluegill in the middle there is still a board I want) and he builds a lovely 'standard' board, usually out of biofoam. The guy is a champion.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back At It

I've been in Toronto (a very lovely city) the past week doing things that aren't surfboards.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Surfboards Pt. 7- Rob Royal

Rob's based, for a while at least, in Florida. He's been making some really interesting boards lately. Lovely clean shapes with the 'shorter and wider' ethos showing through, bit of asymmetry when he feels so inclined, and a lot of twinzers. He's a vocal proponent of both new materials and the sidecut concept too- the man knows his stuff.