Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Big Wave Longboarding

I used to watch Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and friends take Hookipa apart on big longboards long before the stand up paddle craze. Lots of broken boards and leashes. Here is a ten footer for California Winter Surf.

Dick Brewer

Dick Brewer gave me some pointers while shaping balsa tow boards for Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan to ride on the North Shore this winter.

Larry Fuller

A few weeks back Larry Fuller and I loaded our vans with his redwood blanks. These particular boards were going to be shaped by Phil Edwards, Yater, Al Merrick and Donald Takayama. The wood is salvaged from old growth redwood that was used in giant wine barrels up in Northern California. Each Blank weighs several hundred pounds but the smell of the wood is beautiful.