Tuesday, May 30, 2006

neo-post modern(?)

now, i've been a little forward with the whole twinzer thingy on fish, so to be fair to the other 'zers out there check this out:
validating [my own personal favourite] the fish platform for even more possible evolution.
and who says fish are 'retro?'

Gente Boa

If you're ever in floripa, and need a new board, be sure to see this guy...
high performance, fish, bellyboards, what ever.
Shaping since 1982, and he still competes...
oh yeah, and be sure to ask to see his collection of vintage magazines and books.
(he's not as scary as he looks in the picture, i promise...)

happy ending?

on to the UK...
well, i try not to post anything too personal on here, but...
as the departure date for new ventures approaches, i want to thank everyone
here in brazil that taught me, lent a hand, or just went surfing(not to mention all the churrascos). You know who you are, and more importantly, so do I...
Muito Obrigado, e boas ondas pra voces,

Friday, May 26, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006


The man to thank for your fish,
Steve Lis with an original. 1974?

In action, Steve Lis

Original Clyde Beatty Rocket Fish - late 1970s?

Looks pretty modern to me

Check out www.surfresearch.com.au for more history

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Dubbing down Babylon

check out the clash player for live radio, and archived dub mashups

Good reading

"For me, the modern approach[internet and phone reports] to getting waves hinders the ambition to make surfing a part of you, to completely immerse yourself in a unique, ever-changing world. With the growing effort to control surfing, package it, and make it more convenient for the masses, you'll find fewer Tom Blankes, George Greenoughs, fewer Bob Simmos, and fewer Jim Banksout there because surfing will no longer require a unique, creative lifestyle. Besides, from what I've seen, internet forecasting is often inflated. I'll be out on some crappy day and hear a guy whining, "But Collins said..." It's obvious why reperts tend to overhype swells: More hits on their website justify the selling of ad space. By logging on, you've become part of their picture instead of creating your own. You might as well buy your board from Costco too"
- Jeff Johnson, "Lost in the Fun Park," The Surfer's Journal Volume 14, number 2.

Don't let your surfing become mundane, homogeneous, and like so an'd so. Buy your boards locally, from someone who actually knows what the waves are like where you live, and in turn supports your community.

Part of surfing's rich heritage is the local shaper/surfer/builder. It would be a shame to see that disappear, and everyone riding the same white, 3 fin surfboard...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

know your board

David N charging back in the dizay...
a brief critic of modern fish here:

Monday, May 22, 2006

the five fin by greg griffin

i have to admit complete ignorance of this design...sadly.
for more info check out the surfer forum reviews:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

more from england

tankers, sketchy entrance, cold, dirty water...venice gots nothing on this spot.
shall remain a secret, i promise...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Monday, May 15, 2006

feral fish

love your neighbor as yourself

Chris Ballantyne - "neighbors"

david's bus

when hurricane david visited Dominica he had a few things to say about the gov't schools...
they never moved the bus, if they could that is.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

the other side of beign 'green'

how environmentally friendly can your board really be? it's worth some thought, for sure.

"Take balsa: You have this great big tree growing in the Ecuadorian jungle. Somebody cut it down, hauled it out of the jungle, sawed it into chunks, hit it with a fungicide, kiln dried it to get out the tremendous amount of water in green balsawood, wrapped it, put it in a container, trucked it to a harbor, loaded it on a freighter, shipped it, unloaded it, trucked it someplace else, and then someplace else, then someplace else. Then sawed it up further, power tools and more power tools....... Now, none of these are exactly what I'd call environmentally positive. From the chainsaw gas and oil that was used to cut it down to the heavy fuel oil (or high sulfur coal, for instance) that ran the plant that generated the electricity to run the power tools that finally whittled that piece of balsa into shape, you got lots of fuels, emissions, byproducts, waste products, what have you. How the scraps and dust and shavings are dealt with: if there's balsa bits and such discarded in Ecuador it rots and returns to the soil, but sealed in a trash bag in a landfill in the US it's another story. So, how much petrochemicals and emissions went into the 'green' balsa board versus, say, a polyurethane or polystyrene foam board with fiberglass and resin of some sort on it? How much waste and how was it dealt with? And any other resources...... There are quite a few parts of the balsa story that I am sure I'm missing. It's a helluva complex set of steps. As are all ways of making a board. But the materials used themselves are just a small part. The whole thing needs to be considered before you can really call something 'green'. " - comment by doc, on swaylocks.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

smoking crack

sure, we'll watch your car for you...

let your imagination run wild

ok forgive me, i think i picked this off 70%.org, but you should check them out anyway!

who made it? how fun would that be to glass!?

how fun would it be to ride it? boy, i gotta get me one of those!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

good bye green friend

buckled deck(oh so pretty green tint...)

former glory

Saturday, May 06, 2006

somewhere in paradise

boat, balls, and bros required.
rips, sharp coral, and sharks to keep you company. Paradise!

you know you're a redneck when...

scooby who?

hop skip and puddle jump

shhh, its a secret...

bury me in paradise

williamstown, exuma

Friday, May 05, 2006

where you from?

The Bahamas. The Pirate's Paradise...