Functional(?) Water-deflecting sculptures from Ryan Burch. The kid is very, very good.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
So it's getting on towards Xmas and you may well be wondering what sort of classy, erudite yet cool gift to buy for some lucky sort, and we're here to help. Hopefully you already have Ether and/or Dogtown, (and if not just email info @ foamandfunction.com and we'll set you up with a special Xmas deal) so a new recommendation is what's needed. My pick of year is this fine collection from See See Motorcycles in Portland, Oregon. The books document the annual One Motorcycle Show, and do it beautifully, and $99 for the pair really can't be beat. Of course photos of a bunch of oily louts from the PNW might not be everyone's cup of tea, so I'd also recommend the latest Kidman limited deal- he's selling a small run of prints from the 'Single' book.
Limited to 10 of each image, eminently frameable and a fine addition to any art collection. Contact the man himself through his site.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Alright,onwards with more pictures of good surfboards. Jeff Beck, the one man show that is Nine Lights Surfboards. EPS core, vacuum bagged with a wood skin, these things are seriously handmade- Jeff even mills his own wood.. I have one of his boards and have praised them before and will praise it again- it's great, has a really tight springy flex to it and is tough as hell, but best of all the shape is really good - foam and float in the right place and foil in the other places. Jeff knows his stuff, and there's some great board photos on his Instagram thingy.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Yes, I know- enough Holiday pics. I'll leave it here except to say it was totally amazing, and uch of that was to do with the good folk of Cornwall. The mighty John Isaacs was invaluable, as was Sally at Original Surfboards. They were a great intoduction to an array of the Cornish surf community. Case in point- inside a few days week I got to surf with Gwynn Haslock, one of the UK's first woman surfers and still utterly stoked. When she entered the 1st Newquay surf contest in 1966 there wasn't even a class for women, and she was still scoring gems in 2013. Gwynn was brilliant, living history with absolutely wonderful stories, but still very self-effacing and low key. Other end of the scale of the amp-meter was the mighty Jimbo Bennet and crew. Completely stoked and frothing and part of a gang of 20-something groms, Jimbo would roll up late with his jar of tea, make a few calls to see what was up and who was up then it was off to the beach and he'd make you think it was the best day of surf ever, no matter the conditions- he even won the Men's Juniors at Champs (that's the under 60's in the Bellyboard world). Legends all of them, and my thanks to them all.