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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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The Riddler

The Riddler has a square nose 7 1/2″ flat. The tail is also square 6″ flat with a soft stinger wing, 6 foot bottom concave and 3 foot step tail. Question mark resin design standard. It blew minds at the Oceanside Noseriding Contest, with crazy looks and mind-bending nose rides. People rave about its turning ability. This is very time consuming to build.

9’2″ to 10’0″, Thickness 3 1/8″
Nose 18″, Tail 15 1/8″
Width 22 7/8″, triple stringer t band
6x10oz Volan Deck, 10oz Bottom


Alive and busy

Hollow wood longboard



Special Fin

9'6" Noserider: marquetry fin.


Monday, November 29, 2010

GMac and Gregório tow chunky Nazaré

November 8th, 2010

Garrett McNamara 1 GMac and Gregório tow chunky Nazaré

Garrett McNamara GMac and Gregório tow chunky Nazaré

On Wednesday last week, Nazare rumbled under perfect conditions, with waves at around six to seven meters(19 to 22 feet), light wind and sunshine.

“Heavy, very heavy! I’m deeply convinced that these were some of the heaviest waves that I ever had.”, said 43-year-old Garrett McNamara, who teamed up with 3 time Portuguese national champion Jose Gregorio to tackle the big swell at Nazare last week. “I thought they were big, powerful and dangerous. Now I understand what Kelly [Slater] meant when he said that one mistake here could be our last!… We surfed three different peaks and I liked them all. We have three more weeks here, so I want to continue exploring, but I’m certain now that this is the perfect place to do one “Extreme Waterman Challenge”, because these waves are serious”, he concluded.

“Inside they didn’t seem very large, because they were perfect, but after seeing the pictures I can say with no doubt that these were the biggest waves ever surfed at this beach”, said José Gregório.

Empty Wave 2 GMac and Gregório tow chunky Nazaré

“The swell wasn’t the biggest, but the day was perfect and, with the phenomenon of expansion that the Nazaré’s Canyon do to the waves, they double in size at the breaking time. It was one of the best sessions I’ve had there, but I was worried at the end, when a big foam make my jet ski turn over. I was very close to the sand but, suddenly, the sea caught me and in seconds took me out again, and then dragged me to the rocks. I tried to float as much as possible, since I had the life jacket, and suddenly again I came back to the sand. It was scary, but fortunately all ended well. The sea rules, there’s no doubt”, he concluded.

Praia do Norte Sunrise GMac and Gregório tow chunky Nazaré

This project was organized by Câmara Municipal da Nazaré, Clube de Desportos Alternativos da Nazaré and Nazaré Qualifica E.E.M., with the support of Turismo do Oeste, QREN, +Centro, Turismo de Portugal, Liberty Seguros, Lightning Bolt, GoPro – D’Maker, Filipemotoshow, Isuzu, Lena Automóveis, Peter Grimm, Noll, Instituto Hidrográfico Português, Tonic Gym, Surftotal, Surf Portugal, Antena 3, Surfer Rule and

To keep abreast to all developments concerning The North Canyon Show by Garrett McNamara, you can check the official event’s official blog at

Credits for all photos: Wilson Ribeiro.


ALTERNATIVE BOARD - World Premiere - Trailer


Go Pro Longboard Surfing 2

9'8" handmade florida pig!

Chris sent me this via Hey Mike, I'm a RN here in Florida and amateur surfboard shaper. I've been stoked on your website and "Invasion" film so I thought for my next board I'd try my hand at shaping a pig and this is what I came up with. 9'8" long, a little more than 3" thick with a width of 22.5" set around 6" aft of center. I installed a fin box for ease of travel and storage in my apartment. Lemme know what you think. ~Chris


Friday, November 26, 2010

Skate Longboard 60"

Skate Longboard 60"

New shape models - Longboard Skateboard 60 ",now with a new decor (marquetry) deck (Cinnamon and Ivory) and bottom with black blade, like the Stinger 35".

It follows the same basic construction technique of the previous models: it's composed by four types of wood, mixed with fiber glass fabric. It is a lightweight shape, 0,6 inchs thick and 4.9" in length.

Its core is created by using veneers in a vertical position, unlike what happens in most skateboards, where the composition is given by the union of horizontal blades.

We create these shapes to enhance the line of classic longboard surf. Our proposal is to use it as a way of improving techniques like cross-step or noseriding.


Slalom Skate 22"

Algumas artes e fotos do Ciro Bicudo

Photo: Ciro Bicudo



Thursday, November 25, 2010


Fresh of the truck, two new Kookbox log's shaped by Wayne Rich ...

Stepping Ahead with a 9'5 x 23 1/8 x 3

Moon Tail 9'8 x 23 x 3 1/8


Kyle Lightner for VANS II

The KL for Vans billboards have started appearing all over the place.

Here are some photos from the side of a couple buildings in LA and NY, plus a NY subway.

Stoked for you Kyle! Still laughing that Griffin and I are somehow on the side of a building.

Top 2 photos/paintings via
Colossal Media.


Monday, November 22, 2010


Ryan Lovelace


Ryan Lovelace is a surfer/shaper who is the creator of Point Concept Surf boards in Santa Barbara, California. Lovelace constantly experiments and innovates new ways for people to find the flow, speed and simplicity in their surfing. We spoke with Ryan to learn more.

What was it like growing up?
I was born in Seattle, Washington. It hits me more and more just how lucky I was to come from where I did. My parents would let my brother and me cruise around and if we wanted say, a kite or some thing, we’d go to the front yard and pick out some bamboo and newspaper and get to work. That also included any contraption that we might be into: R/C airplanes, cars, boats. Then I got heavily into motorcycles through high school. It became a graduation from working on small things to bigger things.

What got you into surfing?
My dad. He surfed a bit back in the day and he would tell me stories. We’d also go visit my grand parents on Maui and we would spend hours in the water getting pushed into waves on a sponge. My uncle Mark had a sponge with retractable fins that blew my mind. It was the apple of my eye.

When did you get your first surf board?
I bought my first surf board with my brother from a huge jar of pennies and nickels we had accumulated from my dad’s pockets. We found a board at a garage sale behind my dad’s shop and we bought it for $100. We even went to the bank to change all our coins into cash for it. I still have that board.

Do you remember the first time you stood up on a board?
Not entirely, but I do remember a few days later, catching a little wave with my brother and my dad, and watch­ing the reef go by under neath. It tripped me out. That was the first time I ever felt real “glide.”

Who did you look up to and admire when you were grow ing up?
My parents and their friends who did cool stuff. But I didn’t really have any all-time heroes or any thing, but I did like Nolan Ryan, Alberto Tomba, and a hand ful of artists.

Why did you start shaping displacement hulls and other alternative crafts?
For the first two years of my shaping, I followed the trends: keel fishes, gloss/polish jobs with hot rod pinlines and all the bells and whistles. I loved building those boards, but after 3 years of it just wasn’t clicking. I didn’t shape for 3 months and just went surfing the whole time.

Kyle Lightner asked a question: “If you could shape what ever you wanted, day in day out, what would you shape?” I said hulls. Because I’d been shaping them for myself for a couple of winters and that’s where my interest was. At that time, people weren’t quite on the whole hulling band wagon yet.

Kyle and I went surfing a few days later at Rincon and we saw this tall guy with a mustache riding a Liddle really well. Turns out it was Kyle Albers and the next day Lighner and I went to the shaping room. Lightner told me that Albers had never really found the limits of how flat and how bladed a hull could get – so I took it as a challenge. I laid down a long, straight template with a hip at the fin and added a really wide nose and just started going at it. Albers liked it a lot. Lightner and I scored countless days with that board at some choice spots, rode it in every thing and we loved it. It changed everything about my life and my shaping motivation.

Since then, hulls are pretty much all I have shaped. It’s what has been the most appealing to me. Being able to draw longer lines and flowing in the power band of the wave. It just feels connected to surf that way. All I’ve done since has been shaping the boards that I want to surf. Some how lots and lots of other people really like them, too. I couldn’t be more pleased.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on what ever pops into my head. For every two boards I do for other people, I do one for exploration and fun. They end up being models for other people and the cycle continues.

Tell us about your crew and how they influence your shaping
Even more than shaping or surfing, I love watching my friends ride my boards. It’s the biggest rush to hang out and watch them actually “get” what I do in the shaping room. When I see the water flowing off the board and the weight being put into the perfect spot on the board and the wave, it makes me want to shape again. It’s whole reason I’m doing what I am doing.

What’s your most memorable wave?
Probably the double tube I had at Sandspit last winter. Shoulder high-ish, I was riding my Vampire Hull. It was the perfect board for a perfect wave. The tube was so square and so dry. And the sound that that wave makes is incredible as you sit in that vortex.

What is the most memorable place you’ve been?
Santa Barbara.

What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
If I do things from a position of strength and positivity, good will always win out. I’m still learning. The hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make have always been the best ones.

What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
It’s some thing fun to do and it happened to have taken over my life. I don’t ever want it to become work because it’s given me freedom ever since day one. It’s a challenge and the ultimate “in the moment” experi­ence – which is what we all live to find.

Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
People like Ryan Burch, Ryan Thomas, Morgan Maassen, Kyle Lightner, Trevor Gordon, Robin Kegel, Richard Kenvin, and Nick Palandrani. Greg Liddle and George Greenough. It’s funny how some of them are still shap­ing the path of surfing today… 40 years later.

In terms of building boards, I don’t know. Any one who is doing it for the right reasons and following what they love – and not doing what is trendy.

What is your favorite board? Your favorite surf spot?
It totally depends on my mood. I am open to riding any board on any day. I typically end up surfing 4–5 different boards in a session.

What’s your favorite meal?
It would be my Dad’s sacred BBQ salmon. And I’m really trying to learn to not love pizza so much, but it’s really difficult.

What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
If I owned one, it would be the John Butler Trio, Earth, Wind and Fire, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn… too many to go with, but hopefully you get the idea.

What are you most grateful for?
My life, my friends, my “job,” Herbie, and my family. And the simple fact that we can ride waves. What’s next for Ryan Lovelace? At this point who knows? Every thing comes up organically so I don’t plan too much out aside from when and where I’m going to meet people. There will be lots of surfing this winter. And now I finally have a solid demo quiver for the guys here. I’m very interested to see what we get into.