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.
I can’t say I’m too interested in what the surfwear industry has been up to lately. This is a far cry from my grommethood, when I once made my dad drive forty five minutes so I could get a specific Hurley backpack I had spotted in Surfer Magazine (thanks Pops!). There is perhaps no surer sign of the surf industry’s decline than Billabong and Quiksilver’s muted merger into a single entity owned by a private equity fund. I can’t be sure, but something tells me that Oaktree Capital Management isn’t jumping into the surf business to make sure the rest of us stay stoked.
One recent project did catch my eye, though, and that was Jeff Ho’s recently announced capsule collection for Vissla. Jeff Ho is the legendary shaper behind cult Los Angeles surf and skate label Zephyr. Born in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, Zephyr helped usher in the sport of skateboarding and it also introduced the world to figures like CR Stecyk III.
To commemorate the launch of Vissla’s Jeff Ho collection, Surfline launched a feature on the Pacific Ocean Park Pier. POP Pier was a wave that broke in the shadows of an abandoned amusement park located directly on the beach in Santa Monica. I highly recommend checking out Surfline’s post, which features some amazing photos of POP Pier in all its dystopian glory. The shots of POP Pier make me think of the movie “Escape From LA” should have been.
It feels a little strange to write an ode to a spot that I, as an outsider with very limited surfing ability, would never have been allowed to surf in a million years. But what can I say? Zephyr, like its hometown of Los Angeles, combines grittiness and beauty into something undeniably compelling.
You can check out the Surfline feature on POP Pier here, and you can check out Jeff Ho’s Vissla collection here.