An interview with Eddie and Tim of MeWater foundation.
Happiness! Whether you volunteer with MeWater foundation (which by the way please do), or merely just glance at the pictures and video of the people involved below, you can't help but take in the pure happiness that transpires at MeWater events!
This smile says it all. Junior legend Anthony. Miramar Beach, 7/2016
No matter what is going on in our lives or in the world, when we are in the ocean we are suddenly free from all that worries us on land. This is because as land-based creatures, being out of our element kicks in a deep instinctual response that makes us focus on immediate well-being as a primitive survival instinct. We can use this powerful state to give us momentary freedom from trauma, heartbreak, abuse, stress, all the things that hold us back in life. Being in the ocean gives us a chance to revel in the moment- to drop all the negatives and worries of life, cultural constructs and constraints that burden us- which allows us to connect easily with other humans from all walks of life. We may not be fearing for our immediate survival in a real sense, but our focus on the "now" is just as intense as if we were, and sharing that intensity with others is a powerful connection that the ocean can provide.
This is such a beautiful and powerful place of existence, accessible to all for almost nothing, but entirely too rare for most people or children who could benefit most from it. MeWater is focusing on tapping that power by making it accessible.
First time surfers from Malcom X Academy feeling the stoke!!! MeWater Foundation and BigDog Surf Camp collaborated for a day that took nearly their entire school for a surf day at Muir Beach. 5/2016
A long time ago, I gave surf lessons to help pay my bills. Out in the water I was constantly amazed at how people so easily opened up about their private lives to me. I have never been in an environment where people revealed their innermost thoughts so freely. The sea quickly allows us to feel our own mortality. I have had a great white shark swim directly under me- a total dinosaur moment! Then there is the power of the waves and currents to navigate. In the wildness of the sea, we are quick to note where we are holding back, hurt, or on the wrong path, and we desire to reconcile, and do better! To be in such as space where you feel truly alive is addictive, Eddie and Tim whom I will introduce shortly are doing the right thing by sharing this. They are sharing this with people that do not get the opportunity to step in the sea so easily due to all kinds of challenges.
*Why The ocean is wilderness! Liquid wild that borders the city. You simply put your foot in and realize you are in a completely different world, and your mindset corresponds with that realization. The ocean demands your attention. Breathe and notice how the minerals in salt water and oxygen combine, churned by waves all together in the purest air your lungs have ever experienced. With the children coming out to participate in surf lessons, momentarily they get the space to simply celebrate life; to get a break from severe trauma of their home life and environments. To participate and connect with others on an equal and positive level. This is the why!
Jaylin and Micah, both youth from Edgewood Center for Children and Families, and regular MeWater participants since day one, take off on a “party wave” during a recent event at Muir Beach, 9/2016
*Who: Eddie Donnellan and Tim Gras are awesome people from our Sunset SF community. Both are very experienced, talented surfers who I see out at Ocean Beach in all kinds of conditions, from those rare fun rippable head high days we occasionally get in the Fall, to the massive North West swell days in December, where my heart is in my throat and I am wondering why I am even out. More importantly, how the hell am I going to get back to shore? On these big days, I’ll often see Tim and Eddie paddle by me hooting and smiling reminding me exactly why I am out there when it's a bit scary. Tim also happens to be a very talented surfboard shaper making performance boards for the local crew of rippers. So the first part of the who question is that Eddie and Tim are both surfers, the second integral part is that both have worked with children that are suffering through severe behavioral issues. Eddie and Tim have worked at Edgewood Center for children and families for decades. Edgewood is a local facility on Vicente street, founded in 1851 as an orphanage that helped provide for children that were abandoned due to the gold rush fever. Edgewood is the oldest children care charity in the West. Their current mission is to help promote positive behavior and health with children that have suffered severe mental, physical, and environmental trauma, and to try and help them have the best chance at a positive transition to adulthood. From these work experiences Eddie and Tim have wanted to go beyond, and on their own time have been taking kids all through the Bay Area that are in need of some happiness, surfing! With the goals being simply to give them a moment of peace and clarity, and hopefully the image that their life ahead could be different, that good things are possible!
I had the nice time of sitting down with Eddie and Tim, in my living room and listening to them discuss their current project The MeWater foundation.
Eddie: The idea for MeWater originally came out of the Summer camps we used to run through Edgewood up in Marin. Where we ran these camps was originally the territory of the Miwok indians, and we set up these camps with teachings inspired by them and other Native American traditions. The goal was to give these inner city kids a connection to nature. It was bare bones, but very effective activities aiming to get the kids to connect with the earth.
Anthony, pictured here, has been charging all summer long. He lives with his grandma in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point district, has a smile that could cut glass, and a stoke about surfing that has him skipping football games to come join our events, A truly amazing story. Miramar Beach, 8/2016
Tim: That is where it all started! Eddie and I working together at these camps. We got the idea that we wanted to take these kids out surfing and shortly thereafter we heard of Ride a Wave, a foundation that takes kids with disabilities out surfing. Forging a relationship with them we were able to ride under their liability insurance and started to take the children out under our care. The effects were really obvious to see, these kids suffering through all manners of behavioral issues were smiling, and genuinely having fun! Having experiences they could take home and share!
Trevon all smiles on Day 1 of a 3 day surf camp where we take the kids to Chrissy Field to practice paddling, test some water safety awareness skills and also test our participant’s comfort in the water. These days we assess comfort levels, and set them free when they are ready!!!
Eddie: The Challenges… liability that is a huge one! Secondly is organizational difficulties, as we are constantly pulling kids from one and another's programs, which is really hard. All these programs have logistical problems of their own, so it is really tough for everything to align! There is constant back and forth. Tim and I simply put it out there, and it happens. Like the other day, we kind of “hodge poged" a bunch of groups together and the day turned out insane, tons of stoked kids!
Tim: We partner with all these folks, all the people we work with in our community, and through our resource centers such as Edgewood and schools. We put everything together. Transport is always the hardest part, well of course also the liability- people are scared of the ocean, we take people to the beach and out into the sea- that is potentially dangerous, people can drown, people are scared of sharks, but in the end it is all ok. Talking groups into saying it is ok to come take their kids and then actually getting them there, that is the challenge! For example it costs $800 to rent a charter bus, and we do that sometimes, we'll get funding and rent two charter buses, but generally we'll just get an agency's help like the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, the Hunter's Point Foundation, and hopefully they have a bus and get the kids to the beach.
Group photo of a recent event with MeWater Foundation and City Surf Project, supported by Triple Point Expeditions, in honor of Arne Backstrom Foundation. Muir Beach, 9/2016
Eddie: Or they'll fund the transportation- look, I'd like to be doing this much more, but it always boils down to resources and what is available. I think the way things have happened best for us is all organically, all at its own speed! Its been like 10 years coming, in that sense because we don’t have all the money to do what we'd like to do, we just let it come to us! Our whole thing is community, so we collaborate with so many different people and friends, our community comes out to volunteer, and even their kids are coming out and helping.
Tim: Yea, that is the best!
Eddie: Youth helping youth! That is the best connection. For example we have had Lance Harriman’s kids coming out. Sophie, Lance's daughter whom started out a little shy, took another girl out surfing and they had such a good time, such an important connection for both of them- they both were just glowing afterword, it is such a positive thing on so many levels!
Tim: The first time Finn, Sophie's brother came out, we had a group from Sunnyvale. Finn was helping out this boy who two years earlier had watched his father be shot and killed. Finn partnered with this kid and they quickly become close. Finn is already a very talented surfer, and this kid, can't surf yet, but is an extremely talented athlete- so they just get along right away, instant best friends! They are out back going for it, catching waves together the whole time! At the end Finn tells me, “That was so great! My friend was killing it!” Connection, naturally drawn to the same thing and these two just shared a rad, happy moment in an otherwise tough life. It would be so rad if we had vans and could just go into these neighborhoods and just load people up, share the joy of being in the ocean.
Nick, one of MeWater Foundation’s “youth supporting youth” volunteers, and actually our very first youth to participate in this unique program. Nick is a great kid, an avid surfer, with a big heart, from a local Sunset Community family that is very active in trying to make this world a better place. Muir Beach, 9/2016
Eddie: I have been working on applying for grants. That is kind of the next step for us, but then again, the second that I put all this energy into it… I never started a non profit, there was a point where I was under a mountain of stress, but the second I was able to say fuck it, let it come to us, that is when all these things started to happen organically. We are lucky that it worked, eventually it will be bigger. I would one day just love to be doing this, but I have two kids and a family living in SF.
Tim: It is really hard to try and organize this so we can pay our bills solely from it! It started so simple and we are fortunate enough to pull it off! It does not have to be a money maker as no matter what we are going to do it, because we know it is right. We are lucky with surfing our whole life, it helps you understand true priorities, work/money are just one of those. As kids, we are all taught to share- so what happened? We can choose to help, to inspire!
MeWater Foundation volunteer Jamie Williams helps guide a student from Malcom X Academy into a wave on her very first day ever stepping foot into the ocean. Muir Beach, 2016
Eddie: I tried to get the funding we would need to run this program full time. I’m just gonna go out there and talk to Levi Strauss, and you know- I've tried! I used network connections to get to highest positions within Gap, and there are a million people trying to get at this type of money! You have to be extremely organized, highly experienced in the grant writing processes- there are millions of dollars that have to be given by the city/state, but it is really hard to access! They don't make it easy, which overall I think is good. So we will continue to hone our skills in that aspect. In the meantime we are going to continue growing the foundation by taking these kids out for these positive experiences just as we have been doing.
Tim: It is going to keep growing, it does not have to be a money maker- it is not about that. It can be frustrating, you see other foundations getting funding and nothing happens with it, we’ll do more in one day than another agency might do in a month.
Eddie: We are a non profit, we accept donations, but at this small scale what I do with each donation is try to tell people exactly where it goes. You have paid for these days out with the kids. The money is going directly into programming.
Tim: We have not received that much in donations. Marty Murphy likes to donate a sum every year from the Murphy family trust, we will use that amount to go to Johnny of City Surf Project, whom is always helping us by providing equipment, insurance, and he is such a big help. I mean without insurance we could not even do it with the support of Johnny or Ian of Big Dog Surf Camp.
MeWater Foundation volunteer and Aqua Team Rider Peter Campbell stokes out a young first time surfer from Malcom X Academy. Muir Beach, 5/2016
Eddie: I am working on the insurance part right now, I just submitted two applications for non profit insurance. If something is to really go wrong in any of these camps even with the best insurance, it would be a total shutdown! I cannot worry about that, compared to the positives it brings- regardless this is happening! Again, sure we would like to be doing this 10 times more than we already are, but the cool thing is we are going out every chance we currently have, and having a great time. NOTE: Since the interview MeWater is now insured.
Tim: WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THESE KIDS SURFING! Bottom line! We are doing these days, and taking the kids that we know need this out. On another funny note, people often ask me, “are you trying to create more surfers?” But it’s not about surfing really-
Eddie: It’s about human connection and expansion, getting outside of your own world. Who doesn’t need to step out of their their box once in awhile! It allows inner city kids to get a glimpse of new perspectives, new opportunities.
Tim: There is also the therapeutic piece. These kids have been really challenged, they have been through some really hard things in their life. From our background we just naturally gravitated to utilizing the things that make us happy- surfing! If it makes me smile and it makes that child smile, they are not feeling that pain for that moment, and my heart is glowing.
MeWater Foundation legend Anthony snags another one. Miramar Beach, 7/2016
Eddie: Yeah, if you look at the therapeutical data, this ocean experience is all evidence based. I am working on building a little bit of a clinical team within our organization, our friend Brad Smallwood whom has a lot of experience with this, is going to step in as our clinical volunteer director. Brad will work to provide research based data- it’s a trauma based practice. Our work aims to create a calm space, to chips away at the scars of trauma- to create a moment of happiness. A.C.E.S are Adverse Childhood Experiences, big traumatic events,and that is what a lifetime of therapy is for. Our aim is to create a moment of relief, to chip away at the scars of trauma. So maybe the kids can get the idea that their life can be different!
Tim: These days for us to find an exciting experience in surfing, it takes a lot of things to line up (laughter), the waves have been sucking. I think most committed surfers came to it as some sort of a coping mechanism. Surfing is so special, so naturally we need to share it! It is temporally unplugging these kids from the concrete of the sidewalk and connecting them to nature, getting them away from the stress in their life. When you are in the water, hopefully you are not thinking of anything else- you are in a zen moment.
No caption needed!! A youth from Sunnydale Park and Rec having the time of his life. Miramar Beach, 7/2016
Eddie: You have to put that famous Miki Dora quote right here: "My whole life is this escape; my whole life is this wave I drop into, set the whole thing up, pull off a bottom turn, pull up into it, and shoot for my life, going for broke man. And behind me all this shit goes over my back: the screaming parents, teachers, the police, priests, politicians, kneeboarders, windsurfers. They're all going over the falls into the reef; headfirst into the motherfucking reef, and 'bwah'! And I'm shooting for my life. And when it starts to close out I pull out and go down the back, and catch another wave, and do the same goddamned thing again."
Tim: Now a days, generally I am getting way more stoke taking these kids... pushing kids into waves, then surfing myself, unless of course it is one of those special days!
Eddie: In summary no matter what we are taking these kids surfing! MeWater can go in so may directions, but ultimately it is about taking these kids surfing any chance we can. Like Tim I look more forward to that now than my own surfing. You get to help foster moments of stoke. Last Wednesday I had this kid hanging on to my back while we bodysurfed, and he was just so genuinely happy, he had such a great experience! Seeing him so happy just made my week!
Tim: From all of our experience at Edgewood, this program has naturally grown out of it. We are trying to reach kids that the system may be failing, that need some additional support. But also MeWater is for those in need within our own community. We all go through struggles, through the ups and downs, we all have all skittered around the depths. So this program is for all of those in need of a little stress relief. Don’t be shy, come on out!
“Next generation” bodysurfer from Sunnydale Park and Rec all geared up and about to have his first ever bodysurf experience. Miramar Beach, 7/2016
Eddie: The results- many of these kids are coming out multiple times, and we never have any behavioral issues with these kids, they are stoked! Their progression is utterly amazing! Look- many cannot even swim at first, they are not comfortable in the water, yet they focus and soon they even start catching waves all on their own. Imagine that! The goal is to allow them to see that they can apply this same energy to their own lives, that they can get past the traumas. That they can learn to swim, learn to surf through the heavy currents of their past and future lives!
Santiago, who has been participating in MeWater surf camp days all summer gets some “open water” training at Chrissy Field, on Day 1 of a 3 day surf camp this summer. Chrissy Field, San Francisco, 6/2016
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Our Surf Swap has gone through many iterations over the last 16 years, currently there will be epic brands such as RVCA, Hippy Tree, Nixon, Brixton, and more bringing da deals while we cook up some food and serve some beer for ya! This Saturday outside da shop from 11 till 5pm.
A family run business out of Oceanside, CA, Stay Covered has been in the business of surf essentials and accessories since their beginning 30 plus years ago, sewing board bags and hand tying leashes. Their leashes being a primary tool of necessity for the modern surfer on any size day, they strive to make a top quality piece of equipment right here in the good old U.S. of A.
Surfboard leashes were first created and received a lukewarm welcome in Santa Cruz by Pat O’Neill, 1971. They were an innovation to extend surf sessions and prevent the long swim to shore chasing down a board that might be getting smashed on the rocks. But with surgical tubing tied to a suction cup they were so stretchy it made the leash recoil dangerous to get used to. Since 1978 and becoming popularized, a urethane rope, nylon and velcro have been the primary materials used for strength, flexibility and a more manageable recoil.
Stay Covered has been hand tying leashes since their beginning. Combining quality materials and craftsmanship has helped solidify their place as the go to for many of the big wave riders in the world, testing their gear in the heaviest conditions possible. And while leashes were born out of a desire to catch more waves whilst not losing your board, they are not an insurance policy and should never replace actual water knowledge and your ability level.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Mark and learn a little of his history and his take on surf accessories, or ‘necessities’ as he calls them. Check out the interview below.
Mr. Mark Cappa loving it!
Paul(P): Hi Mark, thanks for the time, so just a little background on you, I hear you’re a big paddleboard guy.
Mark(M): Prone, prone paddleboarder, but I didn’t start that until later on when I was getting a little older. Started surfing in the Sixties. Late sixties till now.
Aleks: How did you get into paddle boarding?
M: I love paddle boarding!!! It is one of those sports you either love or hate it! I saw some dudes training on prone paddle boards, and I borrowed an 18 footer from one of them. It took off like a rocket ship and I fell in love with the sport. For me the rush was very similar to surfing and it was a connection to meeting the old timers, South Bay legends like Dale Velzy! It is a great sport with such strong camaraderie! This last weekend I raced in the annual Jay Moriarty Paddle Race and had a great time, 12 miles in 2 hours and 31 minutes. Which is pretty good for da old guy, there was some down wind bump on the way back which was fun!
P: Where are you from?
M: I’m from NY originally, I moved to CA in 1972 and fell in love with Southern California, the kelp and glassy waves. It was awesome.
P: Right on, and what got you started with joining the surf community of manufacturers and makers.
M: I always built boards, I built boards when I was a kid in NY, I started building boards in my garage in the late sixties. I’d buy these beat up old longboards, tear the glass off em and try to figure out how to make a board. Never made any good ones but I always had it in my blood and I told my friends I gotta go to California and learn how to build boards and find a blond southern CA girl and surf the rest of my life. Kinda fell into place too.
P: Ha, nice. When you came out here did you have any mentors?
M: Yea, yea I built boards, I learned how to build surfboards in the mid 70’s, I traveled around a lot went to Central America and stayed down there for long periods and then came back. My friend at PureFun surfboards was building boards. He taught me how to sand and glass, I started being a sander and glasser and then I started working in 1976 with Gary Linden. I worked with him for many many years building. First it was at Brewer, then Gary started Linden Surfboards and I was the first sander at Linden Surfboards. Stayed there for years, I did that for a long time, like ten years I was a production sander, sanded for everybody, Nectar and all these other people, did a lot of glassing and all that. When I started having kids I went to work construction but I didn’t like that and went back into the Surf industry since I knew everybody and grew up with these guys cuz I came out when I was young enough. Then we started Stay Covered, I started making board bags, I did that before and then my wife started making them, and we just built a business around that since she wanted to stay home, sew in the garage and raise the kids. And that’s how the company Stay Covered evolved.
Toresen Durkan @ Peahi
P: Yes! And you now have a solid range of gear and accessories, traction pads, travel board bags, and even a surf wax?
M: Yes, we have a really good wax.
P: I tried it out recently.
M: What’d you think?
P: It’s good, it works really well.
M: Yea, well same guy that makes yours, makes ours, the Famous guys. And he puts really quality ingredients in it I think that makes a big difference. We’re real stoked with it, real excited about it.
P: And then leashes are the mainstay product of yours?
Sewing the ankle collars in house.
M: Yea leashes have always been our bread and butter. Especially now, I started in the late 80s, and all through the 90s. There were quite a few American companies, Dakine was made in Oregon, and a lot of others were made in Southern California. And then as the whole manufacturing industry changed and moved to China, all the leashes moved over to China. They’re all made in China now. So within the last ten years because of the handwork that we do on our leashes, we have a real captivating audience, especially the big wave guys. Like if you go out at Jaws, Waimea or Mavericks. More than half the guys have my hand tied leashes now. We make real thick, handtied, real strong leashes.
Nic Lamb @ peahi
Aleks: Mark how do you source the strongest urethane- Jamie told me the urethane you use comes from a drip irrigation plant- how does this differ from other leash brands?
M: In the beginning I was trying out all kinds of cord and was finding a lot with weak points, caused by bubbles and other inconsistencies. I started asking all around for another extruder with the best product, this was in the 80s when there was still a lot of manufacturing going here in the US. I found the “guy”, a local guy here in Oceanside, the majority of his business was making hollow tubing for irrigation for landscaping, but with his reputation for making the best quality cord he started producing cord for a number of surf brands. Most of those brands have gone overseas to cut costs, so surfing is a small part of his current business. I’m stoked to still be one of the few surfing companies that work with him, his cord is strong and best of all local!
Oodles and oodles of strong colorful urethane cord.
P: And they’ve been hand tied from the beginning?
M: Yes, well in the beginning when we first started making leashes they were all hand tied. Because there were no molded ends yet. It was only single swivel that you tied the swivel on the end. Around 2000 it started evolving into molded ends, since everybody wanted double swivels and you couldn’t do that on the hand tied leashes. I’ve tied so many leashes in my life I can’t tie leashes anymore, my joints start hurting and I want to save that for surfing and paddling.
P: Fair enough and where did the name Stay Covered come from?
M: It evolved, I had a couple other names, and I used to make a lot of board bags and we used to call them Covers by MC, which are my initials, and once it started to evolve into other things, leashes and tractions, and surfing accessories, or ‘necessities’ as I call them. Me and my wife agreed on the name Stay Covered instead of just Covers, cuz you know it’s Covers which we made a lot of but also, Staying Covered with the surfing, as surfers we wanna get in there and stay covered.
P: Absolutely, and is your wife still a big part of the business?
M: Not as much but she is still part of the business, yea we’ve been married for 40 years.
P: Right on, that’s awesome. So a leash is something that’s absolutely necessary to the modern surfer but that wasn’t always the case. It’s also something that we kinda take for granted, what are your thoughts?
M: Well it has it’s pros and cons, obviously I like it because I make them and sell them. But on the other hand I think a lot of the people out there don’t have any water knowledge, and I don’t know what would happen if everybody had to swim. You guys up here I’m sure there’d be a lot more drownings without leashes.
P: Yes, it’d be way more dangerous.
M: There’s a lot of current to deal with, and a lot of moving water. But you know I taught my kids how to surf, I always made them surf without a leash to start out so that they did build up some Ocean skills.
P: Great idea.
M: And I think it’s important because people think it’s a safety device and it’s not. Because they can break and they do break, and they get fin cuts you can’t underestimate the power of the Ocean.
(Awkward silence as we let that wizdom settle) P: So, what are most leashes made of, standard materials used?
M: It’s a polyurethane, yea. It’s a molded urethane into the size thickness you order. With molded ends too with your own mold designs and the swivels are stainless steel coated swivels. Most are brass with a stainless coat. Now they’re coming out with a solid stainless swivel which everybody is going to which is a great thing for the strength, the pound ratio pull on them is far stronger than the old ones. Because the brass inside there can be soft and that’s why you see with beginners losing the board a lot and it’s going side to side it wears out where it’s been machined together. I don’t know if you’ve seen that but the swivels will break in certain conditions. But stainless is much stronger.
P: Seems to be evolving.
M: Right, things do evolve it seems like the leash has evolved slowly but it is evolving.
P: Any evolution in the urethane materials used in the rope itself or have you heard of anything being developed with new polymers with a sustainable twist?
M: I’m always interested in that. I do recycle my ends. My ends are made with 40% recycled material. I tried to recycle the cord but you can’t as it gives up the strength.
P: Right and you use a #90 Durometer strength cord which is pretty damn strong (Durometer is a measure of hardness of a material, hardness defined as a material’s resistance to permanent indentation. For reference to a scale out of 100, a Rubber band = 20, Tire tread = 70, Stay Covered Leash cord = 90, just below a Shopping Cart wheel at 95).
P: What do you do to test in house beyond the plastics guy’s strength measurements?
M: You know how we test our leashes? To tell you the truth, we put them between two cars and see how far they’ll stretch, especially when we get new ends and we experiment with that. We took a 6 foot leash, put it between our two trucks, and stretched it to 18 feet before it broke.
P: That. Is. Amazing. And exactly what I was imagining, like an Olympic tug of war situation. And one last one, can you describe any drag differences between the Comp rope and the Big Wave cord?
M: It’s really a weight ratio thing, with the Comp cord being a lot lighter, being why we all like competition cords. You don’t feel anything on your ankle and there’s very little dragging in the water. On the big wave cords those are heavy, I mean, they have some weight to it, but I think the drops and those guys out at Mavericks have bigger things to worry about than the excess weight.
P: Right and after you’re up there’s less drag as it’s mostly skipping along the face.
M: Yea, there’s not a lot in the water and I don’t see that slowing them down at those speeds.
P: Any other industry tales?
M: Stoked to lead this life. Stoked to be in the water every day. Sacrificed money for the lifestyle.
P: And keeping everything in the States has been good?
M: It’s a challenge but yes I pride myself on doing as much manufacturing here as I can, I still have a factory with sewing machines and families that have worked with me for over twenty years. I don’t just support me and my family, I support a lot of families. Stay Covered the brand does, it’s not really me, it’s us, the Stay Covered team. We all do it together.
A: While touring the Stay Covered Factory I got lost in your classic board collection, tell me a little about your collection.
M: I'm a total pack rat with surf stuff. In the early 80s, my wife had an antique business and I would travel with her to all these venues looking for various antiques. I started to see some really cool surfboards and became a little obsessive, I would save up and go hunt for a certain board for my collection. My collection is focused on the design evolution from longboard to shortboard. I collected boards from around 1968 through 1975. Before 68 you rode a long board, so this time of shorter boards, down rails, is filled with so many exciting and experimental templates. I love that era! It is great watching boards evolve, I love watching the current ripper riding 5.5 grovelers doing beautiful S turns down the line.
A: What is your favorite board in your collection?
M:Come on, I love them all, I have too many favorites! One shaped and ridden by Ricky Rasputin is really special to me. Ricky was one of the best surfers out of New York. In Hawaii he learned to shape and he became a fearless and skilled surfer/shaper at Pipeline. It was inspiring to me to see a fellow East Coaster excel in Hawaii!
Jamie standing among some epic boards in the factory.
P: It’s a great thing and thank you so much for your time it’s always good to learn about the necessities.