Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coastal Commuting

Cam and Taylor working on a new skateboard clip.

Photos: Tom Green

Monday, May 30, 2011

Almond Surfboards | Muskaria Surf, Spain

A couple of the boards that just arrived at Muskria Surf Shop in Zarautz, Spain last week.

I like how the colors on the Cy model turned out.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Oden // Griffin

Here are a couple of hyper-talented dudes that I'm honored to work with; and have as friends.

Cameron Oden // Griffin Neumann-Kyle

Friday, May 27, 2011

Aaron Cervantes

Aaron Cervantes aka King Rat.

Photo: Cameron Oden

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Keith Novosel | Liquid Salt

Check out the feature on our good friend, Keith Novosel on Liquid Salt.

(Keith riding his Almond at Malibu, photo Lightner)

Monday, May 23, 2011

NEW WEBSITE

// www.lifeisjustswell.com //

Big thanks to Derek Makekau for helping us build the new site.

And of course, a huge thank you to Cameron Oden for shooting and designing pretty much everything we do. He put a lot of hours into this project.

Andy Nieblas | Salute

Andy, surveying the inside section...

Photo: Nick Marley

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jake Zylstra | Spain Travels

Jake Zylstra exploring Spain on his Almond Coffee-Break Cruiser.

Video by Mikel Yerobi

Fineline Noserider
























Used Fineline Corsair

9'2 x 22 3/8"

Volan Glass with Pinline on Deck

$600

Friday, May 20, 2011

Taylor's 9'4 Surfthump

Taylor is trading in his Surf Thump.

It stands 9'4byx 22.5 wide with a beautiful Dee Fin by Gully.

Has weathered big Newport swells as well as countless Doheny afternoons.

$675




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Matt Cuddihy | Lumberjacked

New, slightly-modified Lumberjack for our friend and Australian super-surfer Matt Cuddihy.

Almonds available in Oz via CSI.

Used 5'6 Quadkumber

Taylor is trading back for the singlefin version...

5'6 x 20"

Green Reverse Wrap with Birdseye Maple Quad Fins by Gully

$475



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mr. Blue Sky

A new "Almond" Dee Fin Template for Experimentation.

Hand foiled by Mark Stavron.

Just looking around for a longboard without a wooden fin
so we can give it a try...

Used Bertlemann Surfboard

Larry Bertlemann twin fin.

5'8 x 19.5"

$175.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Art Show | Sandpoint

My Grandma participated in an art show in her hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho.

She got contributions from everyone in the family as a part of her display.

I sent her a hollow wooden sandia fish, something a bit different for a mountain/lake town.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

On The Board Japan

Griffin and I hanging out with the Tomitas, chatting for a recent article they wrote about Almond in On The Board.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quad 4 Toshi

Here's a custom quad fish we did for Toshi Fujita of Ron Herman Japan.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

9'4 Pinwheel

9'4 Pinwheel. A bit narrower and more foiled than a lot of our longboards. Slightly more of a down-rail too.

Shape: McGriff

Monday, May 9, 2011

Nathan and the Sky

A photo I shot of Nate a long time ago. Always liked this one.

Naters surfs slow but goes fast.

Monday Inspiration

Scott Andrews, from Generic Youth, put this together using a quote from Mark Twain and a photo from Catalina.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cherry Inlay Kookumber

We recently did a 5'8 Kookumber with a Cherry wood inlay deck patch, and matching cherry fin.

Our friend, Arnaud, helped us out with the inlay part.

Currently on display here at the shop.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Free Sunglasses // MAY

MAY your eyes stay protected from the sun...

This month, get a free pair of Almond shades with any purchase of $25 or more.

In store, or online.

Offshore Tuesdays // Paipo Party

Monday, May 2, 2011

Offshore Tuesdays // Paipo Preview

Some days when it's small and blowing super hard off-shore, it's nearly-impossible to get into waves on a surfboard. With the Santa Ana winds in mind, as well as the coming close-out South swells in the summertime, Cameron and I decided to make ourselves a pair of paipos.

I hadn't ridden a body board since elementary school, but it seemed like a reasonable enough experiment; and a perfect option for windy offshore days with nobody out. We've dubbed days like this Offshore Tuesdays, regardless of which day of the week it actually is. Tuesdays seemed to embody the most exciting day for the surf to be perfect, because people are at work, and there's still nearly a whole work week ahead to enjoy offshore conditions.

Oden put together a little clip of the paipo creating and riding we did this weekend.

Not ready to make a full-time switch from logging to paipo-ing, but definitely a good option to keep handy. I still need to try this matting thing I keep seeing and hearing about.

Look for the paipo video tomorrow morning...


Saturdays Surf NYC x No.3

My friend in New York City sent me this magazine called No.3 with a nice piece on Saturdays.

A couple Pogie fishes hanging out in their board rack.

Dave Allee by Simon Perini

This is a photo Simon took during our mini-mal reshaping project. We cut an 8'2 down to a 6'2 and bladed it out a bit. It was a fun project to work on together, one that I hope we can make into an annual tradition.

Thirroul Backyard Shaping Session #1

Photo: Simon Perini

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cam Oden's Piglength Midlength

Cam's midlength is up for sale, so that he can continue to come up with new oddities.

Available at 367 Old Newport Blvd.