Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wrapped Frame

I was hanging down at rvca the other day and vibing off all the bike collabs and art...not sure who did this yarn wrapped frame, but it was pretty much one of those hand-crafted things that blow my mind!

Blown out Goodies

Cleanin' out the closets...getting rid of some old legends, musicals friends and inspiring colors...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sea Movies- Stranger than Friction

Sea Movies- Stranger than Friction from on Vimeo.

Filmed on one winter day, Ryan Burch lays into his 4'10" block of styrofoam. He took a saw to a soft top surfboard blank and voila- no fins, no resin or fiberglass, no stringer, no leash... just a square chunk of foam. More shenanigans coming soon via the new surf film "stoked and broke" a surfari epic on zero dollars.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Then and Now or Now and Then...

For radical surfing, click on Marine Layer to your right. For everything else, stay here...Wiesy was having fun on New Years with his new Christmas present, a video camera...I borrowed a 6ft+ mutant displacement hull type disco board with a Greenough fin shoved all the way up the had absolutely zero bite so I just went along for the ride as best as I could and Mark immortalized it and put it to some music that the kids are listening to...and then I found this footage from 1972. Same place, same slide, different music...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nat Geo: Photo of the Day

Cuban Tree Frog, Florida

Photograph by James Snyder

In August 2009, Photo of the Day featured photographs of animals.

This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead, having cooked himself from the inside. I'm happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don't think he was very happy when I took his light away.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Please make Three simple texts for Haiti - Total $25

Donate using your cell phone - You can help make a difference by sending three texts, it will take you less than a minute...

Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts

Text "YELE" to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti's Earthquake Relief efforts

Text "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 to U.N. relief efforts

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Love in the Details...

Honestly, I'm not sure if I would look better pressed. I feel quite comfortable looking like a mess, but I do appreciate the fine details when I check into the Ace Hotel in NY...guitar and all!

Hannah & Haines (H&H Sunset)

This is the Venice Version of wintertime. What you can't see are the sand sleds in the foreground and the kids covered in sand from head to get a hint of the minimal layering of clothing (the slim silhouettes might give it away?)...What you can see is the January sun dipping into end of the pier, creating a stunning horizon, the ninth one in as many days, and note the walls of water marching in (the same swell that kept us occupied for four days last weekend, and the third swell in as many weeks). I am in NY at the moment and the set-up is slightly different, although the optimism is inspiring. LA and NY seem to both be off to a good start this year...

(Sunsets have to be the number one photographed image globally, right? These are just blurry iphone pics, but every time I shoot a sunset, I feel a bit cheesy...)

Friday, January 8, 2010

How to Get Respect on the Beaches of Malibu by Baretta

Have a cool name.

Live there a long time, even though locals hate you at first.

Be an "insta-bro" – someone who comes out of nowhere and is a heavy local instantly by trying to be friends with everyone at all times.

Be friends with a large number of lifeguards.

Have old pictures of yourself in amazing situations on front-page news stories.

Limit greetings to a nod and a fist pound so you don't give away your domination factor.

Don't show up with a quiver of boards shaped by SpongeBob.

Don't use the phrase "talk story" to impress people.

Don't talk about how you just got back from Indo. No one likes to hear a rich boy brag.

Don't talk to Snowman (or anyone sitting in front of a surf shop in Santa Monica Canyon).

Say you're friends with Shaka.

Throw the locals' henchman on the rocks at low tide.

Surf year-round without a wetsuit.

Surf at least two sessions a day, or two to four hours at a time.

If you find yourself at the World Surfing Championships in 1966, don't forget to shake Duke Kahanamoku's hand, because you'll never get another opportunity.

Don't smoke. No one respects a slave to addiction.

Don't rely on being a drug lord, even though you try it. Drug lords don't live long or prosper.

Pick up trash, even if no one's watching.

Write some chapbooks (that are good, not BS!)

Make sure all of your clothing isn't sponsored bitchin' wear. Have a few accessories from the 99 Cent Store.

Pablo, great to meet you the other day and thanks for the history lesson on the Snake Pit. I learn something new every day, even about my back yard...

Check out more of Pablo's pressings at Brass Tacks Press.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Derek Albeck

Mr. Pettibon...anyone? Anyone? See more rainbows here...

Lauren's Lavender Sunset below reminded me of Kyle's 6’0” Stubbie Concavo...

6’0” Stubbie Concavo

Inspired by the Bullet, a Marc Andreini variation on the displacement hull. Single-concave into double-concave vee through a tri-plane hull.

“The Greenough Stage IVA flex fin coupled with the spiral V make for some of the best feeling cutbacks I’ve ever felt in a surfboard – Manuel C. Caro”

17” x 21” x 15” x 2.5” | Tapered red cedar stringer.

Drawn by Kyle Field
Shaped by Manuel C. Caro
Glassed by Doug Fletcher
Fin by Marlin Bacon
Blank by Biofoam

You can buy it here...

Lauren Ross, El Capitan

If we're friends on Facebook, then you've already heard me gushing about Lauren's photographic skills, but in case we're not, I can't resist posting these images and I'll probably post more next week. This second shot is truly as happy as I could, friends, perfect surf at El Capitan and the second stunning sunset of the new decade - PURE BLISS! Lauren thank you so much for the amazing images that captured this magical evening so well. That set up would be hard to recreate and we have these images to remember it forever. As I said on facebook, I feel very lucky to have such creative friends around us all the time.

Check out Lauren's site!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Serena Mitnik-Miller

Serena is...
a great inspiration.
Proprietor of the General Store, a retail concept that blows my mind!
And one half of Two Birds Fly...
Need I say more?

A Holiday Full of "Els"

El Pescadore
El Porto
El Capitan

The most amazing holiday of waves in memory. Not a drop of water out of place...the blury iphone pic of El Porto is all I have to show for this session on the 23rd of December. Just use the lifeguard truck in the foreground for scale and realize that left out back is probably two hundred yards beyond it...note the offshore winds as well.
(Thanks Lauren for the amazing pic of El Capitan at the Bottom - that was a Magical Evening!)

A Nice Thought for the New Year....

032c's Founder, Editor & Creative Director Joerg Koch doesn’t believe economic insecurity is a reason to scale down ambition, if anything you need to be bolder: “The best advice never given to us personally was Warren Buffet’s, who said ‘Be greedy when everyone is fearful, and be fearful when everyone is greedy.’ You can replace that with ‘Be loud when everyone is quiet and be quiet when everybody is loud.’

This was passed to me from Kateigh (from an BOF piece)and I think they are confidence building words for a fresh start this year!


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