A Couple years back I ask Tom if he wanted to earn some extra $$ while on the road to get some Surfboardline.com Plug-ins with the pro’s during down time. He agreed and here are a couple he delivered to me while traveling in Mexico a few years back. I came across them while organizing my shit recently and I thought I would share them with you. Tom, I still have to pay you for these,
The August family moved to the Southern California coastline from Arizona during the early part of the 20th Century. The youngest of two sons, Orall W. August was a CIF swimming champion at Long Beach High School. Since his school’s athletic facilities included an Olympic style pool, super-star Olympian, Duke Kahanamoku, (the Michael Phelps of that era,) would train there for the upcoming Games. The Duke befriended young O. W. (later to be known as ‘Blackie’) and introduced him to the sport of surfing, bestowing upon him a liberal dose of the Aloha Spirit in the process.
Orall August had to drop out of high school to help his family through the tough economic circumstances of the times. By now an experienced waterman, he would camp out at Palos Verde Cove for days on end, fishing and diving … Read More »
I was privileged to tag along with Morgan Maassen and Noa on a couple of surf sessions in Mexico this last summer. Noa is one of the few up in coming kids that has the complete package of ” what was” and ” is” today in the surf world. What I mean is he gets his hands dirty and get’s himself in the shaping room and not only designs and shapes his own surfboards but also gets involved in the design and making of his fins that go on his boards. Inspired by his old man, Wayne Deane, he has learned the Old School Way. Noa not only is stoked on his personal designs and makings but has such pride of riding what was in simple single concave single fin flyers and the such. You don’t come across to many … Read More »
This last summer I finally persuaded TC to go South with Jalian and I to ride some fun right handers along with his son, Frank. Days before departure, Tyler Warren wanted to jump in and join in on the adventure. And of course, I couldn’t refuse. We ended up scoring some good waves, with good conditions and all had a great time. Plenty of variety of boards were ridden from old school 70′s to the most modern latest and greatest from Tomo. This here is just a rough glimps of what was.
Enjoy – Buggs
During my visit to Jeffrey’s Bay this last summer, I was fortunate to exchange speed runs at Super Tubes and talk story on Surfboards in between set waves with Derek Hynd. DH extended the invite up to the compound on the point to further talk story on surfboards of the past and what is in store for the future. He was intrigued with the Buggs Deep Collection and the provenance it holds and preserves for generations to come. So he decided to pull out something special out of the back and walla appeared the Sonis French Connection. A contemporary surfboard transformed to the finless world of DH. Tune in on the video for the full story and enjoy. A true classic and addition to the Buggs Collection. – B
It has taken me years and many fakes to finally acquire the REAL DEAL!. Someones loss was Buggs gain.
Collecting surfboards for me started as way for me to preserve boards that were dear to me and my youth. When I realized how many I had been collecting at the time, honestly, they were about to be thrown out. I decided to save the best of them and since then collecting boards has turned into an obsession.
My inspiration comes from not just collecting the work of innovative shapers from years past, but also boards that reflect the art and craftsmanship of the different eras. Everything from pigments, airsprays, pin lines, logos and of course the shapes. How could you look at the cut of a 70′s stinger shape and not be interested in its history of design and inspiration! One of the greatest pleasures for me is seeing others get stoked on … Read More »
One of the most famous surf shops in the world is located at the north end of Newport Beach, CA right on Pacific Coast Highway. The Frog House is a surf shop in the purest sense of the word and has been operating at this location since 1963. A short walk across the street is the Beach and the 56th Street and River Jetties surf spots. The keeper of the keys to this retail surfing icon is an energetic man with a quick wit and a gentle soul, one, T K Brimer and has presided over the place for years. ”We still have some of the old surf shop edge going on,” said Brimer from behind the big wood and glass counters. What you will find at the Frog House … Read More »
The name itself fits the man’s personality Rick “Rockin” Fig Fignetti and he is synonymous with Huntington Beach. A ten-time West Coast Surfing Champion, and member of the first NSSA National Team in 1978, ³Rockin Fig² has been and still is the voice of surf announcing for local and legendary surf events including the US Pro Tour, OP Pro, the US Open of Surfing for 16 years and the NSSA Nationals for the past 20 years receiving a lifetime NSSA membership award for his contribution.
Fig has been the KROQ FM ³Surfologist² for the last 26 years doing morning surf reports and for 20 years owned a surf shop on Main Street in HB, a local institution called Rockin’ Fig Surf and in the ³Old School² tradition there are lot’s of surfboards on the floor which he’ll talk to you about … Read More »
The International Surfboard Show in Del Mar, San Diego, Ca Oct 6-7th 2012 was a success. I had a great time, both on the Networking side and down time – got in the water both in the AM and PM sunset sessions and spent some quality time with shaping and surf Legends like Reno Abellira, Mike Hynson, Maurice Cole, Mark Richards and others..