Friday, December 25, 2009

Widow Maker Pt.3

Painted widows for Franco and Clams

All photos by Andrew Kidman as well as the Purple/Pink paint job.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Widow Maker Pt.2

6'2 / 19.75 / 2 3.8 For Trevor Haseltine

Photos of Clams by Andrew Kidman
Photos of Kidman by Clams

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Widow Maker Pt.1

Photos by Andrew Kidman

Theres a feeling I get when I look to the west

During his 3 month stay in New York, Andrew Kidman found some time to come over to the "clam shack" aka "the casino" (my shaping room) to work with me on some boards. Andrew Kidman is more than just a talented film maker he's an amazing shaper, surfer, musician, photographer, writer and philosopher. In between playing music, surfing, making artwork, writing and eating lox bagels we had a lot of time to work on boards and talk about design. AK's ethos, design theory, shaping techniques, and fine eye for detail is derived from his mentors, Simon Anderson, Dave Parmenter and Pat Curren. Its been fascinating to hear and watch his approach to everything from doing a cutback to turning a rail and doing channels. The first two boards we made together were two Widow Makers with channel bottoms. One for me. The other for my mate Franco who was also there helping every step of the way. Before we started these boards AK called Parmenter to let him know what we were doing and he was not only stoked that we were making Widow Makers but he even gave us specific details to run by. Things like this always amaze me and excite me. Here you have Dave Parmenter (the guy who designed and invented the Widow Maker) helping AK help me, giving us details and guidelines in order to recreate his design and he's stoked!! I guess being from New York you always expect someone NOT to help you and when two people who I hold in such high regard are here helping facilitate my techniques and enhance my experience is truly a sign of how humble they both are. The following has been a product of our work together.
(The posts will be titles Widow Maker)

Much respect to Dave Parmenter and Andrew Kidman for the guidance, respect and knowledge the has been passed down.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Maggie and Morning

This is my buddy Peter's dog Maggie. He said when he turns on Morning of the Earth she becomes entranced. It was hard for me to believe at first but he had a picture of it on his phone to prove it! HA! I guess Maggie is a goofy footer! Left barrels hypnotize her!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Feel the Pain!

""Well, that just goes to show how important shapers are. And how important a relationship with a shaper can be. I've only ever done whatever I've done in surfing because I want to go surfing - not because I want to dictate where surfing goes, or I want to lead surfing off into a certain area. I've just done it because I want to change what I'm doing and I want to move forward on what I'm doing. It's even going on today, as I deteriorate physically, as I get older. I want to make boards that I get a good feeling from, and that's going to help certain people and be detrimental to others.

If you want to stay back on a single fin, foster a relationship with someone. Develop a programme; come up with some money to pay someone to go through that painful experience of working with you, personally. Because it is a super painful experience, and we don't get paid for our pain. That's why we're not interested in your pain and your aspirations and your disappointments. We're interested in what we're doing and, if that then offers something to someone, well, it's a benefit for surfing."

Simon Anderson - From the Ether Interview" - Ether Blog

Big ups to Ank Manchild for the knowledge dropped, and Simon Anderson for keeping it realer than real. Truth be told and I couldn't have said it better.