Saturday, January 31, 2009

KOCI 101.5

The Japanese Motors were on 101.5 KOCI today at noon doing an interview and playing some live songs.  AND... I just found out Gantez Warrior will be doing the same on Thursday night between 7 and 9 p.m.

Don't miss it... it will be a trip to hear Levi, Dylan and Ronnie on the radio.

Cheers dudes.

Here's the Motors' video, Singlefins & Safety Pins.  Be sure to check Levi's cameo appearance in the video at 1:49.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Water Shot

Here's another water shot of Levi...


I don't get it... every one of these guys, with the exception of the "artist" on the right, is like the quintessential ...LOST customer.  Read.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Icy Offshores

Here are a few pictures of T. AL on his trusty Lumberjack, taken today by Jeff Aschieris.


Offshore Trim


Offshore assisted kick-out

Blackies Footage

Here's some footage from Blackies last June.  Fast Forward to 7:55, you'll see Al Knost drop in on Ludwig.  Haha, it's funny...

Other than that, it's just a bunch of good surfing.  I think King Rat even made an appearance.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Random Photos

I really like fades.

Gully really likes seagulls.

Tyler Warren

How smooth is this....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lightner Photo

Check out this astounding photo of Dan Malloy from the lens of Kyle Lightner.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Picaresque Trailer

Judging by this trailer, I think Picaresque is going to be a must-see film.

Beacon Article

Brooks Clark wrote an article about Almond Surfboards for the Beacon Newspaper. Take a look...

Thanks Brooks.

T. Jones and his Kookumber

Caught up with Trevor yesterday morning at Blackies.  Sounds like he's been digging his kookumber.  He said he got Northside of the HB Pier good last week.

Worth the Wait...

I've been surfing the cordless log all week, and having a blast.  It's much more lively than the 10 footer I've been surfing for the last couple years.

I was so excited to surf it the first day, that I picked up Levi and bolted to the beach... forgetting to get my wetsuit.  The sun was just setting, so it was a do-or-die decision.  Needless to say I paddled out at Blackies in trunks on Monday evening.

The water wasn't as cold as I had anticipated.  I surfed for 30 or 40 minutes until it was too dark.  I was so excited about the new log, that I don't even think I touched the water.  I was skipping across the surface while I paddled out.  Big thanks to Ronnie for letting me steal his wave to get my first solid noseride on it. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Candy Coated Cordless

Finally got my cordless board back from the glass shop... and I couldn't be happier with it...

3 other logs came back today as well.

Gregory Swanson, with his new Lumberjack

Friday, January 16, 2009

Water Photos

I've had an unfinished roll of film on a disposable water camera since our trip to Baja last December (2007)  Having Lightner shoot some water-photography recently reminded me that I needed to finish the roll and get those pics developed.   well, I finally got around to finishing the roll, and was stoked at the results.

Here are some of the stand-out shots.


Taylor Patton

Taylor Allee

Daniel O'Keefe in Baja

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Grass is Greener "She-Hull"

Here is an amazing collaboration that Lightner and Lovelace put together for the Grass is Greener Project.

She is a 7' x 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" Diamond tail hull that will blow your mind.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Almond Fins via "The Gull"

My new, personal longboard fin model, the {Huck Finn}
(foiled by the incredible gull, Gully Allee)
10" tall x 7 1/4" base

A rad keel fin design by Gully and T. AL {single foil}.  4 1/2" tall x 7 1/4" base

Can't wait to see how these badboys look on a future fish. Possibly our new fish design, the Pogie (coming soon)

Mitch in Todos Santos

Here are a few pictures of our friend Mitch scoring in Todos Santos.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Levi's Feedback

Got a text from Levi the other day...'

"This board is positively magnificent!  I just got barreled so many times!"

- Levi Prairie, on his new kookumber

Stoked for you buddy.... keep stylin'

Friday, January 9, 2009

Levi's Kookumber at Sea

Levi hit the water at blackies this morning on his new 5'10 avocado and brown kookumber model.  It was a little small for shortboarding, but levi was styling as usual.  More pics to come.

Levi's Kookumber

{ kookumber } for our surf-thumping amigo levi prairie, from your friends at almond.

Alaia Inspiration

Here's another shot of Christian Wach on his alaia, from a whole new perspective.

Photo via surfline

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Worm just posted a rad video of blackies on her blog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


2 new kookumber singlefins came back from the glass shop yesterday.

Trevor Jones with his new 5'10 light-green joy. (Action photos coming)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Alaia Influence

Hoping to finish my alaia today.  Not surprisingly, everyone who has stopped by while I was working on it has been perplexed beyond belief.  Here are a few rad images of alaias being surfed the way they should.  Let's just hope I can get into waves on mine...

machado, backlit trim. photo:

Christian Wach, pushing the known capabilities of his self-made alaia.

Cyrus Sutton, surfing an alaia as well as anyone I've seen...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Matt Costa

This is one of my favorite music videos.

Alaia Update

Spent about 4 hours on the Alaia today.  Really pleased with how it's coming together.  It has a pretty defined v-bottom, and a flat deck.  I also eased the entry in the nose, allowing the thickness to carry forward a little more, without inhibiting trimming capabilities.

Look from the nose, at the entry foil.

V-bottom up. 1" thick in the middle, 1/4" at the rails.  I set it upside-down here to show the v of the bottom.   

Friday, January 2, 2009

Surf Photos

A few shots from this morning...





Seaworthy on DVD

Just heard that Seaworthy is out on DVD.  Check out this trailer... looks absolutely incredible.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Congrats Adam!

Big congrats to our dear friend Adam Goodman, for a huge Rose Bowl victory today.  (And a great 8 yard catch.)

Quite possibly the best surfing Division 1 football player in the nation... and one of the finest people you'll ever meet.