Tag Archives: history

Great night at Surfindian

Had a wonderful night at the Surfindian grand opening. Check out a good article here

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kookbox nerd fodder

Okay, I’m a nerd, so here goes. One of the factories that produced Blake paddle boards (some have claimed the nicest examples) was Robert Mitchell Manufacturing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were an extremely large furniture manufacturer. Apparently Tom met one of the family in Florida and it went from there. These boards were furniture quality and I’ve read mostly went to the East coast and Hawaii.

I found this article while researching the boards made here in Cincinnati.

Mahalo Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre

Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre Christmas Party

I would like to extend my gratitude to my friend Kai for his invitation to join the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre for their Christmas party. The event was held at the Surfing Heritage Foundation and was a nice family style get together. Great company, good food and music and a warm holiday vibe.

with Paul Strauch Jr.

I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Paul Strauch Jr. there. Surrounded by all of the historic boards there and then talking to Paul about them, I could not help feeling the flow of surf history, past to present. Quite a treat.

Mitch’s is the sh*#

A blank from Mitch's North and USBlanks
A blank from Mitch's North and USBlanks

Ordered blanks from Mitch’s North today. Just wanted to thank Mitch, Loraine and all the boys there for supporting all the small time shapers out there. They have, for many years, supplied everything needed for people to remain relatively self sufficient and build boards.

Now think about that for a second. Name another activity that relies on specialized equipment, one that has been commercialized, and then see if you can find a way to create that equipment yourself. Have you ever seen a homemade tennis racket? Homemade golf clubs? Maybe a homemade canoe, but you will pay several times as much. Now here is Mitch and a few other suppliers that enable individuals to create their own boards at comparable prices.

I’d like to thank Mitch’s, Mitch’s North, and all of the other suppliers that make this possible.

Channin’s

shaped another board today. It’s quite an honor to be associated with Channin’s up here on the hill in Encinitas. The list of people who have inhabited this shaping room is a bit daunting. Of course Mike Diffenderfer, Renny Yater, Pat Curren?, Rich Pavel and others I can’t remember or don’t know about. I fell very fortunate to have the opportunity to have glassing of this quality available to me. Thanks to Randy and Kevin.