Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to paddle your SUP through the surf

I've had many new SUP riders ask me how to get out through the waves.  I feel this says it all.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Orbicular Flyer Logo

In 2000 I had an idea for a surfboard that I could not find anywhere. I went to Clyde Beatty Jr., as he was the best at making epoxy surfboards.  I felt that the board design was so different, that it deserved its own logo.  Not wanting to use just my name, I went through countless ideas.  Then it came to me.  I always liked the name Spherical Revolver from Harbour Surfboards.  I hit the old thesaurus and entered the word Spherical.  One of the words that came out was Orbicular, meaning almond shaped.  Perfect, barrels on waves were shaped like an almond.  And knowing this board was going to fly, I added Flyer.

Now that I had the name Orbicular Flyer, I needed a cool logo.  I spent weeks sketching out designs, but nothing was sticking.  One day while driving down the street, I saw a very cool logo on the back windshield of a car driving by.  I tried to catch up and study the design, but the guy turned and could not follow him.  I pulled over and sketched out what I thought I had seen.  Next was taking it to my artist to do the final design.

Quite awhile went by, never knowing what that sticker said, when someone told me it looked a lot like the AOPA logo, but missing the crest.  The next day the guy brought me in a sticker of the logo, yep, that’s the one I saw.  But as you can see, my mind saw an
A-frame wave and the logo has been in use since that day.  Many other Orbicular models have come out including Orbicular Glider, Orbicular Speedster and Orbicular Surfboards.  But the Flyer is still the best selling model of all the boards.
This Year we are adding the Orbicular Flyer SUP and the Orbicular Water Dragon SUP.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Locals Slippers

We are now carring Locals Slipper's.  Come on down and check out da kine slippers.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"The Chaser"

Adam Davenport has delivered our first new board design called "The Chaser" this week. 
It's 9'8" x 23 1/2" x 3" with soft V through the tail, with a very slight Diamond Tail. 

Looking at the details Adam put into this board, I see something very special.  Think about speed carving turns with lot's of tip time.

This model has been tested for the past 6 months with all of the riders giving it high praise.  We have more sizes on order that will be delivered through this month.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dennis Ryder H-2

Dennis Ryder made this 5'2" H-2 model for our former employee Mitch.  Follow the link at the top of the page to Dennis's blog for more pictures.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Orbicular Flyer SUP

The new Orbicular Flyer SUP came in and went straight to team rider Pat for the go ahead into production.  I'm sure you will see him out in the water with this board.  Ask him to let you give it a try.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Robert Heeley ~ Painter

Robert Heeley has been doing paintings and pen & ink drawings for our shop T-Shirts for years.  Rob is currently down in Costa Rica painting the local surf.  Here is Rob wearing the Mondo's T-Shirt he designed, painting for the kids of Costa Rica.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Don't judge a board by its looks

7 years ago when I opened the shop, a guy came in and said he wanted to sell a board.  Bring it on in I told him.  He brought in this old "Ike" which was very well beat to death.  When he told me he wanted $250.00 I had to laugh, but offered him $50.00 just because.  No he said, he was taking his little girl to Magic Mountain, and needed the cash.  Long story short, I paid him the $50.00 and he was on his way.

After looking over the board, I thought it was a bad deal.  Call it buyers remorse or just plain stupid, it was now mine.  What the heck, that afternoon I took it out to C-Street, open gaping dings and all, and had an unreal session.  Had to be just a good day I thought.  Next day I took it up to Rincon on a very bad shoulder high day with lots of wind.  Only 4 of us out, and I caught every wave that came through.  This board was magic, no two ways around it.

The following day I had a friend take it for basic restro, fill the dings, do what you can with the delams, and seal it with a gloss coat.  I got the board a few weeks later all ready to hit the water again.  Off to cove again for yet another great session.  After surfing the magic board for a few days, everyone was giving me crap for surfing such an ugly board.  They said because I owned a surf shop, I should have a sharp looking board.  Give this thing a try I told many of them, and let them catch a few waves.  I kid you not, eveyone of them asked if I wanted to sell it.  Not a chance..........it was a magic board........and I own it to this day.