These photos are of my buddy Bisse who I made the board for in the post just prior to this one. These photos are from 1982. Pre the birth of yours truly! Another layer in his onion of radness. check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Long Tip Keel. I shaped, painted and made the fins for this board. It was all done for a friend of mine by the name of Bisse. He's a wacky guy from Sweden with and extraordinary personality. I wanted to do something extra special for him so I gave it a little more then usual. I even made the call to do one black future fin box and one white one (the peg leg). I had a lot different feelings and emotions while shaping this board. I feel that this is one of the most honest boards I've ever done. By honest I mean I did exactly what I felt like doing. No holding back. From shape to brush stroke and it was all a surprise. Bisse didn't know what to expect and when he arrived in NY I just put it in his hands. I was relieved when the grin on his face stretched from ear to ear. It was an exciting day for the both of us.
Fine lines drawn in by Mr. Mick Mackie. Lines proply erased by the churning wash that trails. Only a few moments immortalized. Mick is the regular footed chap on the black railed blade surfing the rights. Master craftsman, creative genius and a brilliant surfer. "He's a legend" as Ank would say. If anyone is a legend in his eyes they are a legend in mine. A head nod to a fellow craftsman in a similar pursuit. Respect.
Take a closer look. Keone on the Grey Ghost prototype "808" HP longboard. I never make longboards because I don't really ride them, but my good buddy Keone does and really well i might add (as seen above). So I made him what we called the "808". Its a hard edged, modern box railed, high performance, tri fin long board. Keone is notorious for snapping his boards because no matter the conditions he always rides longboards and always aims straight for the barrel. I've yet to see a barrel that homeboy shied away from either. It seems to me that the more dredging and unwelcoming the barrel is, the more interested Keone is on sitting inside of it! Ha! We glassed this one a bit heavier and cut the laps a bit wider in hopes that it wouldn't break. I'll keep you posted.
Pat "The Rat" Conlon on the Popsicle. Getting barreled the only way he knows how. Which is to get as deep as he possibly can. Hurricane Igor got the best of some, Pat clearly got the best of it!....grey ghost soldiers. Reppin Queens in a similar fashion.
My buddies Johnny Knapp (White), Juan Jose Heredia (Pink) shreaded the Brooklyn team to victory at the 5 boro surf contest this weekend. Juan was riding his trusty little Quevz
Juan as seen above, applying for dual citizenship of Brooklyn and Queens. Those of you who know me know I grew up living between Brooklyn and Queens. The 5 Boro NYC contest puts a bi-boro fellow like myself in a difficult position. With one foot rooted in BK and the other in QB its hard for me to figure out what team to go for in a battle of the boroughs contest, especially when friends are surfing on both teams, head to head, riding my boards. Ha! Even though Juan "Quevz" Heredia and Johnny Knapp took it for Brooklyn and Queens did lose, Chris Caiazzo was shredding hard on the Duster Bouglass. In the end all the matters is "Reppin ya boro!" If theres a bar of wax sold in the park, I want in!
Above. My stunt double (Sal) inspecting his extraordinarily overdue birthday gift. This is one of the Grey Ghost x Ducksworth collaboration pieces. One of more to come. Grey Ghost x Ducksworth will be coming out with a few more collaborative pieces so stay tuned...
It really feels like yesterday. Our hearts are still heavy but our memory is rich. I guess its true. Only the good die young. Madd Love and Respect. I miss you and love you always. Do something in honor of Kess today. Thank you
Ducksworth. Sitting in a rare roped off area of my mind, where only the realest of real remain. The realm where I place few, I've added Ducksworth. The residents of this area get a special kind of nod from me. Those few I speak of have earned massive respect, credit and admiration from me. Luckily, I also consider most of them friends.
Ducksworth started as a label for various quality goods, but once you get into the roots of it, it becomes so much more then that. Aaron Ginsberg, creator and president has used Ducksworth as a venue to display his creative genius. At heart Ducksworth is a designer and fine artist. The most interesting thing to me is that his work says more then just cool colors and attractive designs. The stories embedded in the designs are almost more interesting then the designs themselves. Ducksworth and I have teamed up to collaborate on a few things. Keep a look out for the Ducksworth x Grey Ghost creations.
The fall and winter ended up being pretty generous to us this year. Of coarse Andrew and the rest of the Kidman family were in town long enough to get more than a taste of some of the best surf we've had in a year or two. However with the Kidman clans departure was the departure of a swell streak as well. We had weeks of flatness after that. The ocean felt the same way we did I guess. The photos above are of the notorious Quevz of the flesh and foam kind. Getting it in. Pre winter 2009.