Well Ive been talking about getting a hull a lot lately. Ever since Keith Novosel mentioned that he was getting one and explained to me how they worked, I have wanted one. So one day while I was hanging out at Surf Culture, Chris, one of the owners, said that he might have one. The very next day he comes walking over and sure enough, he brought the board.
We talked about the history of the board and how it had ended up here. Apparently, one of his friends was driving through Wisconsin and saw a surf board sticking out from under a porch. He stopped and asked to see if he could buy it from the lady and she ended up giving it to him. According to her, her son had wanted to take up surfing, but got drafted for Vietnam. When he returned home, he didnt want to anymore. After a spell with Chris' friend, Chris himself was given the board. There it sat for awhile until now. Chris handed me the board and said, "Take it under two conditions. You dont sell the board, you pass it along. Two, just enjoy it!"
Now I have a board that has been all over...and I cant wait to take it for a spin!Hooray for brown boards!
Here is my small, but very vast quiver of wave sliding planks. I look forward to expanding it here in the near future with some new logs from Kevin over at Black Pearl and a new hull too!
(Left to right: 5'10 JA Quad Fish, 6'11 Bing Lotus Singlefin, 7'0(ish) WRV Bob White #1 from the late 60s (its basically a hull), 9'4 Warrior Singlefin(modeled after an old Al Knost Dan-O, 9'8 Black Pearl ("The Love Train")
Ok, I know it is a little early to be talking about wetsuits here in Florida, but... cooler waters are right around the corner. I know that no one likes wearing wetsuits, but lets face it, we have to if we want to slide. So since we have to, why not make it super comfy and stylish? Ohh and did I mention better for the environment?
Well check out Es-cent-ial wetusits. They have amazing stuff, and are really good people. I know I will be picking up several suits from them shortly. They use the new neoprene made from limestone, and they look rad! Check out their website and blog, and support a great company!
I don't know if anyone else watches this show, but holy cow! Whale Wars documents the goings on of the Japanese whaling fleet in the southern hemisphere. The Steve Irwin, Captain Paul's ship, is part of the non-for-profit organization titled, The Sea Shepard's. They attempt to frustrate the Japanese and get them to stop their so called, "illegal actions." The Sea Shepards state that the law is on their side due to a Whaling Act passed in the late 80's. The Japanese say that the law is on their side, claiming they are doing it for research.
Now Im not an out-and-out green peace type person, but I do believe in respecting what lets us survive (exactly like Patagonia), and I for one love this show. I'm routing for the Sea Shepards, and so should you, WATCH THE SHOW! Its on Animal Planet every Friday at 9.
Its a little old, but here is the season one trailer. I also believe it will be available on DVD shortly. Season two is currently showing.
With all of the hub-bub about Alaia's as of late, a movie was sure to be produced... and well, here it is! Tom's Creation Plantation looks like a killer movie. I for one can't wait to watch it. Check out the trailor.
Here are some photos of Keith's new hull... it is beyond nasty! I WANT ONE!!! Ryan Lovelace of PC Progress shaped it for him. He will be taking it with him on his trip to OZ. Check out Ryan's blog, it is jam packed with rad photos of all kinds of sea sliding craft.