Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got a fresh batch of videos for your perusing pleasure. Without any further ado, here are some of my recent favorites:
Joel Tudor and son Tosh Tudor released a clip showcasing a recent Hawaii trip. Wish I knew more about the boards they’re surfing. I’m guessing at least some of the sticks were shaped by Stu Kenson and/or Todd Pinder (Tosh definitely had at least one Pinder-shaped surfboard for Pipe.) Tudor also posted a Stu Kenson-shaped Rick Rasmussen tribute, seen below, which I was hoping to see in the clip. Either way I love seeing these boards in some Hawaiian juice!
Mason Ho’s 2019 highlights are about as fun as you might expect. As an added bonus, Ho’s videos are some of the few surf clips I don’t have to watch on mute. It’s always nice to get some Jimi Hendrix alongside some top notch shredding. If watching Mason Ho surf doesn’t bring a smile to your face then you need to get your pulse checked.
We’ve covered Vissla’s “Start to Finish” series here before, and they’re back with a new episode featuring young surfer / shaper Derrick Disney. Disney walks us through some pretty funky designs. It’s cool and informative to hear Disney’s description of the theory behind the boards. He’s even better at surfing these boards than describing them. Sadly, the same cannot be said of yours truly, and that’s why I write a blog in my free time and Disney gets paid to surf.
Jamie O’Brien is probably best known for charging Pipeline death pits, putting soft tops through their paces, and his very successful vlog. He has also collected a bunch of rad boards, focusing on some awesome Eighties and Nineties pieces. For this entry, which is on Matt Archbold’s new “Archy’s Garage” YouTube channel, O’Brien and Archy link up and surf on some of Archy’s old equipment. Archy shows off a sweet Timmy Patterson-shaped channel bottom thruster from the late Eighties. Check out Patterson’s website for more shots of what he calls the Built for Speed model.
Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite surf and surfboard-related videos in recent memory.
There’s a good chance that some of you will see a Firewire Surfboards video and want to throw up in your mouths a little bit. Sorry but I’m not sorry. It’s particularly hard to feel any remorse when Rob Machado has made such a graceful transition to middle age, partially due to his embrace of alternative designs. I love watching him surf this mid-length fish. I continue to be fascinated by Machado’s insistence on dropping edits with below average waves when every other surfer in the world has to go halfway around the world to find something worthy of an Instagram post. Anyway, Machado’s Seaside and Beyond model looks super fun. I love the relaxed takeoffs, coupled with the ability to fly past flat sections, and finally a shocking amount of maneuverability in the turns. Here’s a different clip of Machado explaining the genesis of the new Seaside and Beyond model.
For more talented San Diego surfer / shapers, here’s Ryan Burch weighing in on a couple of different topics. I can’t believe Slater asked Burch to make him a longboard! I don’t think I’ve ever seen footage of Slater surfing anything other than super high performance equipment, so I hope Burch reconsiders his stance of declining to shape the stick.
If you’d rather watch Ryan Burch surf than talk, then hopefully the above clip scratches that itch for you. Personally I’m a fan of both!
The power balance in the surf media seems to be shifting away from the legacy outlets, which mostly have their roots in print, towards YouTube series from individual surfers. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, but even in this crowded field Mason Ho stands out. Like the other surfers mentioned above, Ho is pretty open-minded when it comes to his equipment. In this day and age when Pipe step up boards are barely over six feet, Mason seems to relish going longer than a lot of his contemporaries. Here he surfs a 6’9″ Matt Biolos board whose length and rocker seem like they’d be a better fit in an early Taylor Steele flick. Also, Mason appears to have more fun than anyone when it comes to actually surfing, and that always makes him a pleasure to watch.
Greetings, Shredderz! It’s a rainy day here in Northern California, so I figured what better way to spend some time than with some quality surfboard related videos. See below for a selection.
I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: Bird’s Surf Shed is the Mecca! If you ever find yourself in San Diego, make sure you pay a visit to witness one of the most epic stashes of vintage surfboards you will ever see in your life. In this latest installment of Surfer’s excellent Shed Sessions series, Bird pulls down some real gems off the shelves, including a rad little Steve Lis twin fin fish. I actually snapped a pic of the same Lis fish when I visited the shed; you can see the pic (alongside a Skip Frye fish) at the top of the page.
Newport Beach’s Daydream Surf Shop has begun to produce a video series and podcast entitled “Case Study”, and their very first episode features none other than the esteemed Marc Andreini. Check out the video above and you can find the podcast here.
I recently wrote a Sagas of Shred post featuring an old Mike Eaton Surfboards brochure featuring his various models. See above for the first part of three of a series of interviews done with Eaton.
Not vintage, just fun: witness Mason Ho putting a series of impossibly small Matt Biolos / …Lost Surfboards Round Nose Fish models through their paces in pumping Hawaiian surf. For all my love of awesome airbrushes and cool laminates, at the end of the day, surfboards are all about function, and this video is a great reminder of that fact.