Greetings, Shredderz! For all you Stateside vintage surfboard lovers out there, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend. And if you need some pointers on how to spend your gloriously work free Monday, here are a few recent (and not so recent) surfboard related videos.
I have loved Surfer Magazine since the very first time I picked up an issue, and that has not changed in the decades since. For all the fuss that is made about the headwinds facing traditional media, Surfer still puts out some high quality content. If you like what they do — and I can’t imagine why you’d be here if you didn’t — please consider subscribing to what remains the definitive source for surfing news and culture. Anyway, Surfer’s upcoming issue contains a feature on the current state of hand made surfboards, and they made a cool film to accompany the article. You can actually check out the film in its entirety above. This features rad surfer / shapers like Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, Jared Mell, Andrew Doheny, Derrick Disney and Zack Flores shaping their own craft and then taking them through their paces.
The Burleigh Single Fin festival is known as a cruise-y, laid back even that celebrates vintage surfboards and local Gold Coast rippers during the Aussie summer. Here’s a nice little summary video from Billabong featuring legends like Shane Dorian, Occy, and Joel Parkinson, who immediately went from WCT retirement to winning the event.
Slater has famously spent the majority of his career refining ultra high performance designs, whether it was the extreme rockers of his mid Nineties boards with Channel Islands, or his current high tech Firewire / Slater Designs crafts made in collaboration with modern mad scientists like Daniel Tomson and Dan Mann. It’s fun to see Slater exploring some alternative surf craft for once, although I have to admit that I prefer seeing him pushing the envelope. Still, the video is a cool break from what we usually get from the greatest surfer to ever live.
Photo at the top of the page via the Billabong YouTube Channel for the 2018 Burleigh Single Fin Festival