Tracking is a new surf flick being produced by Australian filmaker Jimmy James Kinnaird and the guys at Deus Ex Machina. Heavily influenced by the "transitional period" in surfing, specifically 1969-1971, watch as Ellis Ericson and Jason Salisbury hand-shape single fin trackers and surf them at a number of locations throughout Indonesia. Did I mention my two favorite things are motorcycles and surfboards?
Tyler Hatzikian is shaping traditional single fins, "as if the modern shortboard was never invented." He starred in Jason Baffa's film, Singlefin: Yellow and is prominently featured in the current issue of Surfer's Journal. Now watch Tyler ride a balsa board in some proper surf. Less noes, more goes.
The result? One broken arm, one broken nose, a "fat lip" and one fucked up Volvo.
Last weekend the guys from Deus Bali held a longboard competition at Tugu Beach, just down the road from their 'Temple of Enthusiasm' in Canggu. The event was sponsored by Red Bull, Bintang, The Critical Slide Society, Journey, The Yak and Raen Optics, and brought a number of talented noseriders from around the region to the southwestern shores of Bali. Like most of their events, it looks like everyone had one hell of a good time.
This is Tyler Hatzikian of Tyler Surfboards. He was featured in Jason Baffa's film, Singlefin: Yellow, which follows a 9'6" singlefin pintail around the world, from So-Cal to Australia, Japan, Hawaii and finally back to Tyler's shop in El Segundo. He clearly knows how to ride a longboard.
Terry, who worked for a hauling company, lived in a small house on the outer edge of an industrial complex that he was helping to develop. He had access to the entire complex, including the freshly paved roads that ran from building to building. On the weekends, my father and I would ride the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton, drive out to his place near Silverdale, ride our longboards all afternoon, grab dinner and then head back to the city. It was a good time. Albeit short lived. The board I am riding in the photo belongs to my father.
Watched all six parts of Hi Shredability on Netflix the other night. Episode featuring Alex Knost inspired a Google search. Weird kid. Love his style, though. Makes me want to ride my father's 10' Robert August this weekend. Anyhow, check out this trailer for Lines From A Poem, a film by Nathan Oldfield that highlights "classical waveriding using traditional equipment," and features Alex Knost, Tom Wegener, Dane Peterson, Belinda Baggs and Mike De Temple.
Three months, and countless hours later, Tom now has a functional vessel. Powered by a 1958 Evinrude outboard motor (that he rebuilt over the course of last winter) Tom's boat is fully functional, however he plans to add another hull, and maybe even a sail.
Certainly one of the most interesting people I've met.
Late last week, my friend Shawn from Stoke Harvester suggested this album to me via the book of face. What is essentially an acoustic album from Pearl Jam front man, Eddie Vedder, "Ukulele Songs" is Vedder's second (?) solo album and is made up entirely of 16 songs, including five covers and duets with Cat Power and Glen Hansard, all of which showcase the simplicity of his ukulele matched with his voice. Good stuff.
Turns out the board is an 8'6" Channin and the lady wants just $125 for it. Funny thing is, Ms.Wood has been looking for an 8'6" "funboard" for quite some time now (long story). Anyhow, I asked the woman to send me a photo, and this is what she sent. Following the grind, we plan to ride the ferry to Vashon Island, pick up the board and head to Westport. Full report to follow.