Monday, October 31, 2011
The footage was shot by Michael Kew on a recent weekday, the boys putting it down and having a ball in the early-season that we wait months for every year.
I'm truly blessed to be able to provide my best friends with the equipment necessary to have a really. good. time. in the water; this video is fun stuff and is what I love so much about the small community that we've built around friendship and surfing.
Contained is about 70% v.Bowls, 5% Silky Love, 10% Triplane Single and 15% Squashed t.Rev.
The song is Bouree by Jethro Tull, and if you really wanna see them get into it, check out this gem:
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Trevor and I tackled my new shaping diggs yesterday, I couldn't be much happier with its 'ness'...it feels like a larger boatyard, which as some of you know was very special to me over the past few years.
For the past few months as I sort out my life it's been a storage space for my shop and life supplies as well as a few of the property owner's boxes...we found some pretty interesting stuff:
I made a model B-17 with my brother and my dad when I was super young, it was the first group project that I truly remember and the airplane hung in my brother and my bedroom well into high school. One of the few remaining bombers left in operation flew over our house here and there as it left from Boeing Field up and over the city and eventually right over our house, it was always a neck-craned and silence-stricken moment when it would buzz the house...finding this was a kick:
Trevor dug this one out of a box a few minutes later:
By the end of the day we organized everything and packed it back into the room ready for building day today...
Friday, October 28, 2011
...You take a v.Bowls and chop it to 7'4" x 21" x 2 7/8", pull the tail in close to 2" and put the most cosmic wide-point-back curves you can muster into the deck?
Something like an ultra-shreddy spaceship of a surfboard:
Then what if Gregg Tally taught you how to do the REAL old-school acid-abstracts?
I'm beyond myself with this style of abstract, the limits of it are so intriguing and unfathomable to me right now. A whole new can of worms has been opened for me and my obsession with colors and textures.
Trip out. This board lives at Wetsand Surfshop for now, I'm sure it won't sit for long so if you're curious to lose yourself into the depth of this board's deck, go check it out:
Seriously...zoom in, the details are a total mindf*ck.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
So stoked....10 whole pages of photos and a big fat (uncensored...heh...) interview about the state of 'things'. Snag one when you see one, film-maker Steve Cleveland also has a sweet interview in there that I had a good time reading, worth the search.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Okay kiddos and kidettes, I've got a couple of boards I wouldn't mind parting ways with and all of 'em are in reeeeeeal nice condition...cool, huh?
The list is as such:
6'7 triplane singlefin (70's style narrow tail). Full blue tint with cutlaps, she's a real perdy one that lends a lot of confidence in larger surf. Asking $450 obo
6'5 ghulliah, a more pulled in hull template that shines at reefbreaks and beachies, 2+1 fin setup (all box fins, no glassons), with a cosmic paper inlay on the deck. $450 obo:
and a 9'2 k&k professional, this is my personal board at the moment and I'm not DIEING to sell it.. but if someone wants to take ownership I'm not opposed, as it would shed light in my quiver corner for a few projects I have in mind. No pressure dents, looks and feels brand new, $700 obo:
email ryankentlovelace @ gmail .com
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Halona Coleman doin' it way up in Oregon on the modified 5'5 t.Rev. I thinned out the overall foil and added a little more rocker at both ends on this one. Halona is the man, and I can't believe he surfs a foiled out 5'5". If I hadn't been shaping him boards for years now I wouldn't believe he could shred something that size. 5'10 and 185 lbs + a 5mm wetsuit that's 15 lbs wet...Halona is keeping it real. We miss ya buddy!!!!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Kew has been sending me LOADS of video so far this fall, he's gone bananas filming lately so frame-grabs are plentiful, above is Trevor accelerating back into the pocket on the througHull, I had to chose from 6 different grabs of the same textbook turn; Trevor has got this board DOWN and rides it like an extension of his superhuman feet. Call me stoked.
I often find myself looking at the water trails in pictures and video more than the surfer, it tells me what my boards are doing and how it's interacting with each section of the wave and how it reacts to each surfer's stance/style. Below is Connor on the 7'9 v.Bowls that I lent to Travers, all of the boards that show up are pretty much communal when they hit the sand so everyone usually gets good waves on most every board...Here's CJ Soloman locked in and working on his double arm stall..
Lastly, Kew sent me this one of myself locked into a little pocket, not much for water trails and research but man...that was a fun one :)
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Clovis Donizetti from way over in Biarritz (France) graced Santa Barbara with his presence just after my trip over there not that long ago. We found him a fun left to work with, and I lent him my Siddhartha-covered v.Bowls after watching him shred one to bits in France. Trevor snagged the same board and found some rights the next day...Two really unique styles that are 100% the product of the waves they surf regularly. I really dug watching them back to back on the same board in totally different kinds of waves so I threw together this clip to share!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
9'2 K&K Professional
10" flexer felt gooooood on my sunset session last night.
There's very little that makes me happier than good vibes in the ocean on and around boards that I built specifically for people...
this'd be an 8' v.Bowls for Will who I ran into in the water, on
their maiden voyage together and having a blast.
A fine foil indeed, Will is 16 and has a few of my boards now, I'm guessing this one will
end up being in toe most of the time this winter after their first surf!
8' v.Bowls for Mike...the fabric was found in an antique store and labeled 60's KLM, guessing an airline fabric? All's I know is Mike called me when I got out of the water last night and was raving about his multiple tubes and shred levels being through the roof...I was starting to feel good by the time he started describing his double-arm-stall tuberides over the phone.
7'4 v.Bowls for Jesse who reported a pair of noodle arms after catching so many waves in the late afternoon. Jesse is used to smaller boards and wanted something to battle the crowds with and groove and flow through sections with a bit more ease, her first reports proved quite positive :)
A smooth operator...7'4 is a really clean and round size for this template, I'm finding:
So my evening was pretty flippin great, hearing all my new v.Bowlers ranting and raving after a little swell filled in our favorite waves on the low tide. I can't help but feel pretty proud of my creations today, especially after taking them all the way down to Sacred Craft and making people wait just a liiiiiittle bit longer for 'em.
Thanks for making my week Will, Jesse and Mike!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Gregg Tally [of White Owl Surfboards] asked me to build him an Evening Star while I inhabit his shop/during the sorting of my new space...so I did:
8'6" x 22" x 3"
I've been really into circular deck patches lately, especially on a few boards in particular...This one didn't quite dodge my obsession...
The triple stringer blank is from US Blanks, which came out oh-so-sweet. And I couldn't help but polish her all the way out after getting all burnt-tangerine with the resin...I'm proud to have made this for Gregg. It's been a humbling experience being able to fling my resin and foam dust around his shop and I'm more than happy to have shaped and glassed this board start to finish, so here's to 100% hand built products:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sacred Craft just came and went again. What a weekend!
The roar of conversation in that building every year is close to deafening, and this year was no different; what I'm sure is BILLIONS of people coming in and out all day long, talking story and old times, shapes and design ideas plus art and everything else that shows up. It's truly another universe in there for two very full days.
Saturday morning I shaped a 7'6 v.Bowls variation out of EPS, the toe side is a double ender template (the nose of v.Bowls flipped at center) and foiled down to a decently bladed hull rail/bottom shape (not the normal v.Bowls foil).
The heel side's nose is pulled in about 1" and the widepoint is pushed back to it's normal zone behind center, with a slightly rolled bottom to spiral vee off the rounded-pin tail. The rails are thin and turned down, especially at the tail, which is semi boxy and poised to release like nobodies business...What I'm aiming for is an outrageous projection off the toe side and a high performance v.Bowls heel side to transition that power/speed onto for controlled, heavy cutbacks.
photo | kew
The boards got a really warm reception and the 6'10 finless that I shaped for Pat took the cake for more felt up board in the stack, followed closely by my 9'2 k&k professional. I'll be snagging photos of all the boards shortly as Herbie and I recover from the weekend!
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