Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Orange Lines and Black Spines

7' and purpose built as always...

...Boards and particular designs come and go but I never get tired of this one.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011


The amount of dust created in a day is pretty impressive...

photo: Rodrigo Cardoso

Friday, May 27, 2011



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hit You With Some

Travers Adler.

I did a search on my computer for 'Travers' and this is what I came up with...

5'6 thruster nug

7' Hullibut

6'1 Pinky

and don't forget this...

Speak softly and do really. cool. things.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

b.Day Badassery

photo n.Fletcher

Most radical birthday ever; we most definitely have a special group of people around here and I couldn't be any more proud to know everyone that I do. You made my 25th a very, very happy occasion and I wanted to send out a huge thank you to my universe of friends, family, and extended surf bro's and broettes.
You guys are the best and most influential people in my life, thank you for the energy and support you send my way daily, so much love to all of you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wouldn't You Love to Love Her

Gullets, OGs, a Velosim, and two sweet Fush(s?):
Glassed by Jeff Hull with Entropy Resins Super-Sapp [a sap based, eco resin], and shaped from recyclable EPS foam...progress, indeed!

I'm really impressed with the resin especially, it has a nice twang to it that feels like a middle ground between poly and epoxy. PLUS it's a true 'eco-resin' from a company that seems to really get what we're all after, which makes me all giddy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Used Ones!

Brandon DiPierri is selling a couple sweet sticks to fund a little excursion,

He's got up for grabs:

9' d.Bowls for $550 w/a velzy flex fin or $650 w/the velzy as well as sweet d.fin and travel bag.

6'3 Fish Hull (single fin shred sled) up for $250 w/bag

These are screamin' deals! email Brandon at bdipierri@gmail.com

Connor on the d.Bowls in question:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Clearly Winding Path

8' x 22" x X"

The composition of a surfboard is a pretty special thing to me. The minute details that create the whole feel of the board in the water, in your hands, in your eyes, all of it. It gets me every time, when everything converges.

The most satisfying part for me is not planning too much...let it flow and when all of the elements come together organically, then you have a truly special board. This is unquestionably one of those boards.

Every year around my birthday I take some time to build myself a board to pay a little homage to why and when I started shaping (my 19th birthday)...I turn 25 here in a week or so and this board's evolution has been rattling around and consequently morphing over and over in my brain since late January.

I used to jump at the chance to build a new board for myself but I'm finding a lot of peace and satisfaction in letting something marinate in my head for a while before I even draw on the blank.

The inlayed pages are of a favorite book of mine, Siddartha. It holds a pretty special place in my heart that marks the time where I feel I truly started to find myself and my own path; My early twenties have been anything but a normal experience and I'm appreciating that fact exponentially more every day.

While in australia, a board that mr.Jordan Nobel had in his quiver sparked a little fire in my mind; it was a 7'6 torn out of an older longboard, inspired by Wayne Lynch and the Evolution time-period.
Widepoint back, thin, flat foil, light (extremely.) belly; and thin, down, refined rails. The thing was so much fun, even in the crap waves we got. Trimmy, with a little flick in it's step, it felt more than confidence inspiring with my recently un-casted broken ankle. You could feel it's potential when the wave picked up off the bottom of the ocean and gave you a nice little pocket to work with.

After spending time on Jordan's board and a few other mid-lengths that I shaped pre-australia, I knew the direction I wanted to take this one and began thinking the finer points of it's shape over; the rocker curve, template and foil being that major deviations to what I 'normally' shape. A common theme while this one was on the racks was to shape until I felt uncomfortable and thought it ugly, then go farther.

Instead of writing the extremely-fine details of the board and it's purpose, I first wanted to write about the motivation and reason, and provide the details in a more natural form...The pages of my journal. I guess it's a clear and transparent view into how I build a board and the things I tend to pay attention to while shaping it:

Monday, May 16, 2011


Chuck Ames working his way through his limitless-fin-template files, in search of something perfect for my new board...more on that one tomorrow.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Connection

Shine on, you crazy diamond.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Big

One. Eight.

The one and only CJsolo.

Connor is the f*ing man and that's all I have to say about that right now.
Happy birthday mah bruvva.

Silky L_v_

A 9' Pointer...Pointing.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Spoils


Paying for food sucks.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sh!t We Love (+)

scope the 6'4" winged round-pin in the new issue of Surfer Magazine in the Sh!t We Love feature. That makes two months of pelican appearances in a row. Heavy!

It's pretty humbling, honestly. It's one thing to have a photo of someone shredding on one of your boards show up in print (amazing); But to whittle it down to JUST the shape, the lines and composition of the board (especially a clear sanded finish one), is a compliment that's reading off my normal meter. I can't tell you how many times I've found bits and pieces of my work through the pages of surf mags, to be a shot of the back of my head, or hands, or silhouette, anything that doesn't spell out anything about my work without being an article; but this. THIS one does it clearly and plainly.

I guess I'm trying to wrap words around something I have no words for, so I'll stop here.

Humbled and flattered.

Unless the editors were REALLY into the texture of that wall.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thinking Of

A little paper/cloth inlay combo...
Took a bit to get it all finished up but it was well worth the work involved!

Monday, May 9, 2011


A little ditty from me, to you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


from the nug files...a few to feast upon.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Primal Yells

Connor Lyon

11' Glider

High, tight and into the night.

Shot mid-week on a more than pleasant evening, somewhere.

photos: r.Lovelace

As j.Hedrick so eloquently put it:

This particular glider is good therapy for those with commitment issues.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oh Babies

Half of a batch headed to the soon-to-be-open Glide Surf Co. in Normandy Beach, NJ.

6' [singlefin] Pinky, 7' vampire/hullibut egg mashup

shaped for optimal speed and flow, with a touch of shred and seasoned for power gaffs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Salt Water

Plans, current events, past experiences.

All fade.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


On this exact date in 2009.
T.Gordon | Hullibut | p:KyleLightner