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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Matuse | TOMO 5/4/3

"The Tumo" is named after the Buddhist meditation Technique where naked Monks sit in the snow, underneath a wet blanket, and dry-it-out with their own body heat. So jump into the coldest environments. The Tumo's got you covered even if you don't meditate." I just received what's sure to be the warmest suit I've ever owned... Pretty stoked on how it looks and feels. Product review to come in the very near future...

Chris Del Moro

Billabong's Art of Shaping 2011 at Sacred Craft

Billabong USA is hosting their fourth annual "Billabong Art of Shaping Event" this year at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. This years' "Billabong Art of Shaping: Los Angeles County Edition" event will feature many of the top shapers in or originating from the hotbed of Los Angeles county.

The list of confirmed participating shapers includes Scott Anderson, Joe Bark, Jose Barahona, Clyde Beatty, Matt Calvani, Lance Carson, Bing Copeland, Robbie Dick, Bruce Grant, Tyler Hatzikian, Brian Hilbers, Jeff Ho, Hap Jacobs, Dennis Jarvis, Don Kadowaki, Glen Kennedy, Greg Liddle, Casey McCrystal, Jed Noll, Pat Ryan, Mike Stavros, Jeff Stoner, Jerry O'Keefe and Michael Zippi.

The "Billabong Art of Shaping LA County Event" is a charity event, the winner of the competition is the shaper of the board that brings in the highest auction price at the Live Auction held Saturday night, October 8th; and thus becomes the largest single donor to 2011 SIMA Humanitarian Fund Grant recipients, the beneficiaries chosen for this years' "Billabong Art of Shaping Event".
in, Surfy Surfy

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sacred Craft 2011| Del Mar - 8th & 9th October

The Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo has returned to the Del Mar Fairgrounds where it belongs. 
Visit the Moonlight Glassing/Surfy Surfy booth to check out Campbell Brothers Bonzer Surfboards and finely foiled surfboards by Gary Hanel. Meet Malcolm and Duncan Campbell, GH and members of the Moonlight and Surfy crew in person. 
The theme of this year's Sacred Craft is Carl Eckstrom inspired asymmetrical surfboards. 
Sacred Craft features live shaping booths, music, food, art, vintage surfboard appraisals, raffles, surf movies and all kinds of groovy stuff. 
For more info visit: and Sacred Craft Facebook page.

in, Surfy Surfy

Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational - Malibu, CA

The Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational makes another stop, this time in Malibu, CA. We had the usual contest as well as camped together all weekend in the canyons. Congrats Alex Knost for picking up his second win of the series.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

NY|NJ Bing Book Signing Tour | Sep 23-25, 2011

This month Bing Copeland, joined by Bing Surfboard’s head shaper/designer, Matt Calvani and his wife Margaret, will travel to the Big City and the Jersey Shore for a 3-day book signing tour hosted by select Bing dealers in the region. This biography by former Surfer Magazine editor, Paul Holmes, titled Bing Surfboards: Fifty Years of Craftsmanship and Innovation, was published in 2008 and is now nearing the end of its limited-edition run. So come on down and meet surf industry legend, Bing Copeland, talk shop with shaper/designer, Matt Calvani and don’t miss this chance to get a Bing book while supplies last! (Book price: $60)


Friday, September 23rd, 6-9pm @ MARITIME SURF SHOP (Long Beach, NY) 
Saturday, September 24th, 4-6pm @ HERITAGE SURF SHOP (Ocean City, NJ)
Sunday, September 25th, 9am-4pm @ BEACH HOUSE CLASSIC BOARDSHOP(Bay Head, NJ)

"Jai and Jimmy BOOGIE"

"Jai and Jimmy BOOGIE".... from John Lee on Vimeo.
Jai Lee and friends First point fun,Noosa......
Grandpa Jones - Over The Waterfall

Saturday, September 24, 2011


KOALA KHRONICLES from Bird Man Media on Vimeo.
From the suburbs of San Diego California to the land down under in Noosa Heads Australia, comes a journey of excellence in search of waves for the most righteous of longboard shredsters. BIRD MAN MEDIA brings you "KOALA KHRONICLES". STARRING: Harrison Roach, Troy Mothershead, Jackson Winter, Thomas Bexon, Mark Sharp, Josh Constable, Kameron Brown, Luke Potter, Christian Wach, Taylor Jensen, and James Parry.


"One Beach" - New film by Jason Baffa

in, Jason Baffa Films

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Bing "Feral Pig" for Mr. Black

Oh my!!! The shape of the rail... The shape of the bottom... The subtle consistent rocker, balanced with the weight. I have never picked up a board and had it sing to me like this one does. 10' , 3 5/16" thick (i'm 205 lbs), wide point 6" back, 16 1/4" nose, 16 3/4" tail. It has been such and honor and pleasure to bring boards to a talented craftsman and explain my experiences on the previous boards. I am not one to say this particular design element contributes to this functionality. I feel many elements contribute to a boards functionality. Some design elements contribute to one function attribute more than any other design element that much is certain...but once you think of how each design element inner acts with each other...entropy! At least in my mind. So to design this board, i brought many of my boards to Matt Calvani at BING SURFBOARDS and told each boards story (how it functioned in what conditions). He felt the boards. We talked numbers...and the BING FERAL PIG was born. It is shocking to feel this board under my arm. It feels like what i might have come up with if i could magically create what my mind is looking for.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lincon's 9'4" Bing Silver Spoon

Lincon wanted his new board to look old school and that's exactly what Matt delivered.
Milky white tint, red panels + black pinlines, resin leash loop, glass-on wood fin and personally signed by Bing Copeland. Bit of a keeper I'd say!!!

in, California Surf Imports

Knost wins Duct Tape Invitational by RVCA

Knost wins Duct Tape Invitational from RVCA on Vimeo.
Highlights from the Duct Tape Invitational
Malibu, CA
September 10th 2011
Congrats Alex!!

(music Shop Assistants)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mark Riley and the Surf City Exhibition

Mark getting the blank ready
Mark from Riley Balsa wood Surfboards has been invited to shape a solid classic balsa board for the opening night of the Surf City Exhibition.
From the arrival of Californian 'malibu' surfboards in the 1950s through to the unleashing of the triple-finned 'thruster' in 1980, Sydney was Australia's surfing capital, its 'surf city'.
It started with a young, restless generation - with their 'finned' fibreglass boards, rock 'n' roll, cars and bad attitudes - hitting the surf and clashing with an outraged alliance of surf-club officials, councillors, police, disapproving parents, a spellbound media and a wide-eyed public. Before long, surfing was 'king' and as its fashions and new-found freedoms were ignited, Sydney produced a line-up of top riders and cutting-edge board designers. The evolution of surfing in the 60s and 70s saw Sydney surf writers, publishers, film-makers, bands and businesses gain international attention as innovators and stirrers.
Surf city at the Museum of Sydney will return to the beaches of the 50s, 60s and 70s and show how Sydney's love affair with surfing has left an indelible, salt-stained mark on this beach-crazed city.

September 23rd - 5pm to 9pm
in, Wooden Surfboards

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wefi Surfboards

Wefi Surfboards from mark wyatt on Vimeo.
Hollow Cedar Surfboards shaped by Randy Weflen.
Located in Lantzville, BC, Canada.
Search Wefi Surfboards on Facebook for more info.

Music: Airtone: TokyoStreet - CC license.
Gear Used:
Hacked Gh2, T2i, Tokina 11-16mm, Sigma 20mm 1.8, Canon fd 50mm 1.4, Rode Video Mic, Audio technica Lav mic, Zoom H1, Igus Slider, 3 140 Led lights.

The Sugarmill

Chong x The Sugarmill - Trailer from on Vimeo.As part of our Creatures of Creation project presents Chris Chong & The Sugarmill Fine Surf Emporium.

Starring: Chris Chong. Otis Carey. Dave Howell. Stuart Bates. Matt Chojnacki. Willy Chong. Ellis Ericson. Jake Bulgin. Danny Johnson. Josh Simpson. Jeff Ryan. The Sugarmill Fine Surf Emporium.

Music: Bo Diddley - "Road Runner"

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Friday, September 16, 2011

WOOD News!

Flama Surfboards in Spain

I have just been sent a link to Flama Surfboards in Spain by Aitor Veguillas which is very interesting. The guys have been experimenting with Paulownia to build boards that have very little impact on the environment. The boards are unglassed , just oiled. It seems they had a lot of troble getting Paulownia in Spain so they went to China and sourced a shipment themselves back to Spain for their projects.

The guys build a very nice board and cold press the components on a large table.

3ft 11" Micro Simmons

For a look at what they do :

in, Wooden Surfboards

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Surfing is not a "sport" by Junior Faria

I still believe this and I will continue putting the word sport in quotation marks. Now I have experienced some success in the world circuit, I feel that this statement has more ground and hope it can also be taken into account by friends who see the surf as "sport" and believe that a system of competition within the surf is able to point out the best surfer.
I would like above all to leave here recorded all my respect and admiration to fellow competitors surfing professional people who work honestly with saltwater in his veins. In particular my fellow Brazilians, true warriors.

When I think rationally about this subject is very clear to me that the professional competition in our "sport" is inefficient. I point the contents of that text to the fragility of today's competitive and ideology in vain trying to pinpoint a single individual as the winner in an activity so subjective.

Surfing is an activity that has no competitive features as its cornerstone, unlike legitimate sports such as athletics, swimming and football. Within the rules and equal conditions for all competitors, such activities are able to spot a champion. And even when they are practiced recreationally, make sense only when competition is present (Of course, sports also brings health benefits and are often practiced exclusively with the intention of improving the quality of life. On this view such arrangements are meaningless without competition).

But what I mean is that it's no fun playing football without a goal. Play tennis for the simple pleasure of hitting the ball loses the point in less than ten minutes and no one will care if you run at 100 km / h there is no other person willing to cross the finish line before you.

Ever heard of someone who left his girlfriend, or crossed the planet, or spent hours in traffic, or stuck in the bush to kick ball into goal with no one until dark? Now change the part "a goal kick the ball" with "surfing." It made sense?

Surfing is like music, is good for the soul even when no one understands what you mean.

Who's better Jimi Hendrix or Yo-Yo Ma? What more pleasing to the ear, Beethoven or Metallica? Nobody cares if the best guitarist in the world has never been elected. There is nobody on the planet that can be called "best drummer in the world" and we'll never agree that classical music is better than rock'n'roll. And just as in music, any surfer can be called best in the world. Because it simply does not exist.

In the surf there is:

An individual who managed to accumulate the most points in a given period of time, in the opinion of judges, which translates into numbers from zero to ten, his personal views on a performance presented by using a subjective criterion as a basis for benchmarking.

We can argue for hours about judging criteria, competition formats, scoring systems, cuts, rankings, etc. But nothing makes sense because everything depends on a phenomenon uncontrollable, unpredictable and unique: the waves. And even in the most perfect point-break waves there are two perfectly equal. Who will say the breaks that appear in the ASP calendar. And do not give me that bullshit, I'm 24 years old and competed for the first time at  the age ten, I can say from experience that even a battery with one hour, two surfers have the same presentation conditions. Not in the Mentawai.

Well, surfing is not "sport" or "presentation". But it can be any one of the two when it suits the boss at the circus. Who just falls in doping is chosen, a world champion can sniff cocaine provided you have the right and get sponsorship speech on receiving the trophy. And who surfs well, and even wins seat on a more restricted if it is famous enough.

And the truth we only hear once in a while rather hoarse, almost voiceless. Smothered by the media hostage to merchants selling a dream transvestite makeup and for those who can provide a small fortune in exchange for a piece of clothing with a compelling slogan. In our "sport" there is no journalism, news, champion athlete and not justice. There is only what is needed to show that you believe that the dream is, and can be parceled up to 3 months interest free card.
in, Siebert Surfboards                                                                                             by, Junior Faria

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Alex Knost 1st place in MALIBU | Duct Tape Invitational

Alex Knost won the duct tape in Malibu and in addition to the prize takes home Gato Hero Space Pig shaped for the event by Robin Kegel.
in, Beach Bum Lovers

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bennett Surfboards | Vintage Quiver Find

Barry Bennett is one of the most renowned shapers of the 1960's. His son Greg showed us some of Bennett's collection, and man did Ellis and I lose our mind. Quivers to die for...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hips and Dips

A little VeloSim action from my adventure, shaped for Magic Quiver surf shop in Portugal

Nice and hippy, with thin foils and flowin' triplane/concave bottom work...yes please.

I'll be hangin' out at the Duct Tape Invitational down in Malibu on saturday...hope to see some friendly faces around!

The End Of The Summer