Starting a new business can be all consuming, and often times those who do start a business put their heart and soul into it and that means missing out on the better things in life. But for Ryan Mets, one of the founders of Boardcave, he is ready to ride the wave. His company has new patent pending technology that could challenge the factory-made surfboards that are common in the Australian market.
Instead his online business, which recently went live after two years in development, now allows surfers to order custom-made surfboards made by Australian shapers directly from the website. The Boardcave site allows surfers to compare what various surfboard shapers have in mind and thus get a very personalized and customized board to hit the waves.
Boardcave Official Website
[Via The Sydney Morning Herald: Surfboard Maker Catches Wave of Support]
A lot of fitness equipment is something that might perform well, but doesn’t look all that good. The Swami Surfboards are those rare examples where form and function simply come together. These boards feature highly-polished resin finishes that will look good in the water or at your home.
This Friday Starbucks Doubleshot will host a media event to present a mini documentary series on surfboard shapers Josh Oldenburg and Martijn Stiphout. The compelling 3-part surfboard artisan mini documentary series tells an inspiring story about the dedication, influence, and creativity that lies within the art of crafting custom surfboards, documenting the entire process as each craftsman goes from concept to finished product.
This will follow a week long pop-up gallery the works of the shapers. The mini documentary, The Art of the Craft, series will live on the Starbucks YouTube channel—the first chapter will be released on 5/3, the second on 5/10, and the third on 5/17.
[Via Transworld Business: Starbucks Debuts Mini Documentary Series On Surfboard Shapers Josh Oldenburg & Martijn Stiphout]
The surf isn’t the only thing that is up. Apparently so are the tariffs that U.S. surf board makers are now facing when selling American made products aboard. However, the United States allows foreigners to sell in the United States duty-free. The question, as asked on PBS Newshour – which first reported on this story – whether a response could in turn create a trade war.
Surfing was supposed to be about catching waves and good vibrations, but nothing about this story sounds like it.
[Via PBS Newshour: High Foreign Tariffs on US Surfboards: Should We Retaliate?]
To truly experience the endless summer means going to the waves. While it would be nice if the waves could actually get you to the destination, the truth is that chasing the waves around the world requires some air travel. As frequent travelers we worry enough that our suitcase will make it in one piece – and can’t imagine that the good vibrations aren’t enough to protect a surf board.
However, Alliance Air Freight & Logistics, a full-service freight shipping company, has announced its niche surfboard shipping and handling division. This allows for surfers to move fast and catch that wave, and be sure that the board arrives in good form!
[Via Surfer Today: Shipping company promises full surfboard protection]
From Montery County The Herald: Vintage surfboard collection for sale in Carmel
In the rafters of a Carmel office are six examples of what Chris Kneisley calls “living art” — vintage surfboards that represent the bygone days of California’s surfing culture. Read the rest of this entry »
Protecting the environment and finding new uses for old things shouldn’t be rare, it should be commonplace and that’s just what Rareform Surfboard Bags are looking to do. We first heard about this company last fall, and now it has gone from concept to reality. The Los Angeles business is up and running and with surf season’s waves picking up we decided it was time to remind our readers about this company.
Rareform is a company that upcycles used products – in this case vinyl often reclaimed from billboards – and this makes each of its surfboard bags totally unique. These are made of UV-, hat-, water and mildew-resistant tarpaulin along with a quarter inch of foam padding so the board inside will be protected. The bags feature a mesh interior pocket, plus a 600D polyester nose protection, and even come with a removable shoulder strap. We expect these Rareform bags to be commonplace very soon.
Rareform Surfboard Bags Official Website
From Cycling News:Arise Sir Wiggins: Tour winner set to receive knighthood
Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford are expected to be recommended for knighthoods in the New Year Honours list according to a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »
They blend into the landscape and even if we notice them, many think they’re eyesores. We’re talking about billboards. But here is something most of us never think about: what happens to the materials after the ad campaign is over? What becomes of the billboard?
Alec Avedissian clearly wondered exactly that, because he and two fellow surfers, Ryan Judy and Sho Rust, got together and formed Rareform, a business venture that takes the vinyl material from old billboards and creats durable, water-proof, mildew proof surfboard cases. Given the number of billboards in his native Los Angeles it isn’t hard to see that Rareform could have an endless supply of material! Read the rest of this entry »
The “classic” movie about surfing easily remains The Endless Summer but what do you do if summer in your part of the world feels like a warm winter day at best? You don the best wetsuit you can and hit the waves anyway.
That’s the ideas that directors Matt Crocker and James Dean had as they traveled through the United Kingdom collecting stories about the British surfers. So instead of The Endless Summer, the pair has fittingly chronicled The Endless Winter. The story actually begins about 100+ years ago when a Hawaiian Princess allegedly hit the waves by Brighton Pier, but really picks up following World War II when American and Australian surf culture made it to England, and so began the quest for surfing in The Endless Winter. For those who want to experience it from the warmth of their couch, the DVD will arrive later this month.
[Via Sabotage Times: Endless Winter: The History Of The British Surfing Scene]
The Run Won’t Go On
From CNN: Sunday’s New York City Marathon canceled due to Sandy
The New York City Marathon – scheduled for Sunday – was canceled Friday due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy, the city’s mayor said. Read the rest of this entry »
The problem with many fitness and athletic products is that there is little that can be done with the material once it breaks. Some products can be recycled – such as metal bicycle frames – but all too often the broken parts and equipment is simply abandoned or tossed in the trash. For surfers this is a problem because even when thrown in the trash broken boards can end up as floating garbage.
But Southern California residents Ed Lewis and Kipp Denslow came up with another solution. They’re taking old and broken surfboards to create handplanes, essentially miniature boards that bodysurfers can strap onto their hands while catching waves. They’ve created a new company, dubbed Enjoy Handplanes, as well to sell their upcycled products and as a way to spread the word that a broken board shouldn’t mean the end of the materials usefulness.
Enjoy Handplanes Official Website