Friday, August 29, 2008

Surf Fridays!

Classic surfboard ads from the 60's and 70's...

Concaves and Nose Riding Concaves At No Additional Cost

Four Famous Shapes

There are two types of materials that all modern surfboards are being made from. The first is a lightweight imported balsa wood and the other is a new scientific discovery called "polyurethane foam"; a lightweight, waterproof plastic foam substance.

The shape was originally designed by Dewey for his own personal board. He wanted a surfboard to ride in surfing contests on the coast during the 1965 contest year. Since the wave conditions vary with each individual contest, the board had to respond equally well in small or large surf, point surf or beach surf, and had to hold up under any type of conditions. Because the Performer has parallel rails it rides well in surf 1' to 8' and will not bounce or spin-out in the larger surf.

East Coast dealer: Sunshine Surf & Sea, Islip, Long Island

Freedom is Surfboards Hawaii's Freedom
Created by artisans who give their total effort to produce their finest handwork possible. Handwork they pride themselves as having done. And why? To let serious surfers surf seriously.

When banking into a turn, the curved rail is the best possible shape for tight acceleration. No matter where you find yourself on the wave, the P.F.IV presents the best possible surface for the extraction of the wave energy. This is flexibility.

Come on and take a free ride! For more vintage 60's & 70's footage from the same upcoming movie, go here. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts

From Walden, 1854

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace. The town's poor seem to me often to live the most independent lives of any. Maybe they are simply great enough to receive without misgiving. Most think that they are above being supported by the town; but it oftener happens that they are not above supporting themselves by dishonest means, which should be more disreputable.

Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old; return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society. If I were confined to a corner of a garret all my days, like a spider, the world would be just as large to me while I had my thoughts about me.

The philosopher said: "From an army of three divisions one can take away its general, and put it in disorder; from the man the most abject and vulgar one cannot take away his thought." Do not seek so anxiously to be developed, to subject yourself to many influences to be played on; it is all dissipation.

Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights. The shadows of poverty and meanness gather around us, "and lo! creation widens to our view." We are often reminded that if there were bestowed on us the wealth of Croesus, our aims must still be the same, and our means essentially the same. Moreover, if you are restricted in your range by poverty, if you cannot buy books and newspapers, for instance, you are but confined to the most significant and vital experiences; you are compelled to deal with the material which yields the most sugar and the most starch. It is life near the bone where it is sweetest.

-Henry David Thoreau


I parked too close to a dumpster today and scraped and dented my car while backing out - ouch. Reading this comforted me.


check out Johnny Flynn - The Box

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Memorable Foam

Do you remember what a smurf looks like? How about Garfield?

This is a really cool participation project by the very talented artist, Nathaniel Russell of Crooked Arm.

Go to Memorable Foam for details on how to participate.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I did it!

I've always wanted a shop. A lot of new prints will be added in the Fall. Working on a lot of surf stuff right now. goes nothing.

Update: A huge thank you to everyone, I am really grateful for your support. It's just the beginning and I look forward to evolving. Kind of like the first pancakes you make in the batch. Thanks, Ana.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Surf Fridays!

Ready, said are you ready to go,
Said are you ready, are you ready to go,
Full Stop, Ranking Full Stop!
Are you ready, said are you ready to stop,
Said are you ready, said are you ready to stop...

Yeah we have winners! (You know you're all winners in my book).

Devo's first drawing was for Grand Prize Winner #1 - and it was...SurfSister!!! Yay SurfSister - you've got the Beach Blanket Burnout film, booklet and Lg T for the hubby. Check out her fun new blog feature, Dance Party Mondays, along with other thoughtful musings about surfing and life in L.A....

Grand Prize Winner #2 - the one and only...DANIMAL. You probably all know this cool dude, one of the creative collaborators over at Svrf & Destroy, a site that provides many of us with endless entertainment. Congrats D - you also get the film, booklet and a Lg T. Hope your home brewing is going well.

Now we're on to our 3 remaining winners, who won a T-shirt and a Beach Blanket Burnout booklet.

And Devo picked...Jair! Jair is a photographer from Brazil and his blog is Pureness in the Imperfection. He is the one putting together the über amazing event, II Santos SurfArt. You may have read about it on Ryan's blog earlier this week. Keep your eye out for an interview with Jair on an upcoming Interview Wednesdays...

The 2nd winner of the T-shirt and booklet goes to...Lesley Bruening from Lake Tahoe! Yeah! Les is a gorgeous young woman who makes everybody feel at ease and loves to laugh. She won the shirt for her husband-to-be Kris, soon to be married in Maui next month! Hope you catch some good waves on your honeymoon, cuz.

Our final winner of the day is quitecontrary1977! She has a blog called Now Entering Momville. Devo really liked your entry as you can see, he is licking it. From your blog it looks like you share giveaways with others, so I am glad you are on the receiving end!

Winners please send your mailing address to me at pineappleluv @ gmail dot com.

Thanks for playing you guys, I am thankful and have some cool new blogs to check out as a result. Hope everybody has a rockin' weekend and to end today's Surf Fridays...let's watch a video of Curren vs Occy from 1986. Nice neon!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Treasure In A Syrup Can

Welcome back home, Tim. We missed you.

A, B, C, D - looks pretty easy.

Spencer & Heidi, is that you?

I dare someone to call that phone number and report back on who answered.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Surf Fridays!

At Jeff Clark's Mavericks Surf Shop

Just over that hill is the half-mile paddle out to Mavericks

The surf statue near the Santa Cruz Surf Museum

One heading to Steamers, one leaving

Steamer Lane on a small summer day

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beach Blanket Giveaway!

Well hello and whattya know? This is PineappleLuv's 300th post, so it seems to me to be perfect timing for a Beach Blanket Giveaway!

A group of us went to San Francisco on Sunday, and saw the Alex Knost/Tyler Manson film, Beach Blanket Burnout. We also saw the trailer for Alex Kopps' film-in-the-making, Displacement. The showing was at RVCA on Haight at Ashbury, and they had free Coors and Coors Lite. Hadn't drank that in a long time.

Both Mr. Knost and Mr. Kopps were there, each with a somewhat quiet presence. No big introductions or discussions on the film took place, although that would have been neat. I was pretty surprised at how 'arty' Knost's film was and parts of it reminded me of David Lynch. Except for the surfing. And when you see him on his board, man does he move fast. Reminded me of Buster Keaton in some way.

We collected some T-shirts, a couple of films and booklets for you, so all you need to do is leave a comment and mention if you want a large or a medium t-shirt. There will be 2 grand prizes containing the T-shirt, film and booklet. 3 more lucky winners will receive a t-shirt and booklet!

We'll get Devo to announce the winners next Friday, August 22 (needs to pay his rent somehow, he can't just go around looking cute all the time...or can he...).

Friends, may the strength of the ancient surf gods be with you! Good day.

Update: I will gladly send the giveaways to Brazil, UK, Australia, Spain...who ever wins and has an address is getting one!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Surf Fridays!

Mark Richards
photo by Dan Merkel

Shaun Thomson with Mark Richards and crew
Photo by Dan Merkel

Bustin' Down The Door is a new surf documentary directed by Jeremy Gosch, that takes its name from an article written for Surfer mag in 1975 by Rabbit Bartholomew. That article really pissed off the Hawaiians and North Shore locals and started a revolution that forever went down in surfing history.

On the way home from Maui last summer, we stopped at the Honolulu airport for a layover and since we were really sad about leaving, I bought Jay the book, Eddie Would Go. He read it in two days and loved it. One of his favorite parts in the book was about the huge rift back in 1970's, with the Hawaiian surfers and the Aussie surfers, and how Eddie Aikau and his family helped heal that rift. That is just a bit of what this film is about.

I love the review of this film written by Bill Sharp, former editor of Surfing Magazine:

There have been thousands of documentaries made around the sport of surfing over the years, but Bustin' Down the Door may contain the best-told story of them all.

The film chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing's mecca - Hawaii's North Shore of Oahu - as a small crew of Australians and South Africans push to invent a "professional sport" based on their audacious wave riding and outsized personalities. How that revolution lead to the birth of professional surfing and ultimately to today's multi-billion dollar surf industry is well known, yet the inside story of the personal struggle, sacrifice and heartbreak which fueled that epoch has remained a quieter, dirtier secret.

Framed around the emerging careers of World Champions-to-be Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Shaun Thomson and Mark Richards and their contemporaries, Bustin' Down the Door covers the wave-riding component beautifully in front-lit, sunny glory. But the film soon takes a turnoff down a very dark backroad, where the success and brash promotions of the newcomers runs face-first into a fist of local Hawaiian pride. Seawater, surfboards and stoke are replaced by blood, shotguns and terror as the conflict comes to a head in Wild West fashion. The depth of their predicament and how they ultimately work their way out of it plays across the screen in far more dramatic fashion than any of the wipeouts at giant Waimea Bay. The emotional interviews as these icons of the sport reveal their personal tragedies and how surfing helped save them may do something unheard of in a surf-film: bring a tear to the eye of the viewer.

With an amazing period soundtrack featuring the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Queen and more, and narration by actor Ed Norton, BDTD has plenty of the sort of Hollywood glitz that has propelled films like Dogtown and Z-Boyz or Riding Giants to popular acclaim. But it also has a much deeper human message than any of those films about what can happen when you chase your dream, both good and bad.

It should be made into law that every spoiled-brat pro surfer being paid a single dollar in sponsorship should be duct-taped to a chair and forced to watch this film until he fully understands the debt he owes to these pioneers who busted down the door on behalf of a future generation.

Anyone else is more than likely to be very happy to wait in line and pay full price for a ticket to Bustin' Down the Door, because they may very well walk away feeling it was the most valuable entertainment by a documentary film in years.

The film opened July 25th. Head over to BDTD's MySpace page to see more trailers and where it's playing. Looks like the folks in Del Mar & Santa Ana, CA get to see it tonight as well as Virginia Beach, Ocean City, MD and Ocean City, NJ! Have a great weekend everyone, and let me know if you see this movie!


Check out Jack Johnson & G. Love doing Madonna's 'Holiday'.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


'Sup my buds? SUP also stands for Stand up Paddleboard and by golly if that wasn't one of the best days of my life. I am not even kidding, that's what I kept thinking later that day. I guess it's just one of the most fun things I've ever done, and to do it with the one you love is sublime. The lake water was so cold that when I fell off trying to gain my balance early on, it took the breath out of me a little. But later you get braver, and that's when you decide to do a back flip off your board. So a little water gets up your nose, you'll live! You're posting a happy picture of you with your bathing suit on which you normally wouldn't do...then you remember a wise German woman named Manuela who told you back in the Dominican Republic when you didn't want to run into the ocean in front of your boss...that life is just too short.

p.s. If you're going to Tahoe, Jerry and Sergio at West Shore Sports in Homewood will hook you up. Thanks guys.

p.s.s. look Danimal, no leashes (wink)!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Rodeo King

Rodeo King is one of my most recent prints. I like it because I don't think I've done such deep and saturated colors before. It's a monotype, using the process of chine-collé with a vintage rodeo postcard. The bottom of the postcard reads, F. STEVENSON LEAVING SURE SHOT.


Funky 16 Corners is one of the coolest blogs I've ever come across. The guy spends tons of time uploading MP3s of rare, old soul songs for our listening pleasure. There are days and nights of learning and grooving on Larry's site ~ Enjoy.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, through the lens of my Holga. It was just the vacation I had hoped for. Nature and the fresh scent of pine; clear, cold blue water; relaxation; dreams...Paddle boarding photos to come...Thank you for the sweet comments. I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you.