A Day in the Shaping Bay With Gerry Lopez

From our friend Doug Walker at The Lost and Found Collection.

Holiday Art Sale Dec 10th and 11th


Holiday Greetings from John Culqui

Welcome to Beacon's

This showed up at Beacon's today. Pretty classic.

Darby by Doug Walker

"Darby is someone who was in the daily hustle & bustle who gave it up to raise her son. In that time she has found a new passion for designing jewelry and making things with her hands. She is an artist who is inspiring others as well as creating organic designs that make you feel good when wearing them. Her design sense is pure, simple & unique."

This is D A R B Y. Los Angeles, Ca.


I met Darby in NY this summer for the New York Surf Film Festival. She and her brother, filmmaker Doug Walker of Lost and Found, were there showing his film. The Manufacturing Stoke crew and I hit it off with them instantly. Lots of talent this family has!  enjoy

Coolest Packaging Ever

Petra Kavanagh is the genus behind the Manufacturing Stoke DVD packaging. Made from pages of post read surf mags and sealed with post consumer paper labels. It is eco for sure but what I like is that it is so damn cool. Each one is a piece of art. Good job Petra

Get you're copy at www.manufacturingstoke.com

Soldier Surfer

I've used surfing in my life to heal and I've seen it work magic for others as well. This new film project by up and coming surf filmmaker Doug Walker explores the role surfing has on healing our warriors as they come home from battle.

Vote for Joe's XGAMES Medal

Our friend Joe Hodnicki made the top 3 for this years winter XGAMES medal.. click in the link, share to your facebook, twitter and all your friends.  Help him win this thing!


Support Local Musicians!

I'm always blown away by the talent of others. My friend John Terbeville is one that inspires me. He lived down the street from me for years and was known to myself and my neighbors as our local shaper. We would order all our boards from him and I still ride one of his magic boards to this day. After shaping for so many years he has now turned his attention to music and has been playing his heart out to anyone that will listen.  I love it. Go after your passion John!

If you want to check out John's skills in person he and his friends are playing over the next few days. Go check him out and support your local musicians!

Crossroads playing at Monterey Bay Canner Oceanside Harbor 11/27 from 1-5 pm on the outdoor patio right on the harbor!

Gary Wright (Killer Dana Surf Shop) and Shafi Rajput Vocals Guitar
John Turbeville Pedal Steel, Leads Guitars, Mandolin
Fingerprint playing at Le Papagayo in Leucadia.11/26 from 630 pm great food and atmosphere.
Boo Stubs (Future Fins) Vocals Guitar
John Turbeville Pedal Steel, Leads Guitars

Lighting Bolt by Rory Russell for Sale

From the Lost and Found Collection

"Rory Russell is a legendary surfer from the 1970's who grew up on the North Shore. As a kid growing up all I saw was boards with large lightning bolts on them on these amazing waves and thats when I knew I wanted to surf. Today Rory lives in Kona and has a surfing school and has started shaping these classic boards again. I spoke with him today to let him know I was coming out to show the film and he said he has 2 boards he is shaping that are not glassed yet and that the buyers will have an opportunity to choose there own colors.

If interested give Rory a call. He's a great guy and you will not regret purchasing an amazing piece of art.808.333.2210"

Doug Walker


Manufacturing Stoke World Wide (Web/Phone/TV) Debut on The Surf Network! Now you can watch it from your computer, iphone, ipad, ipod, android, roku player, playstation 3, sony TV, microwave oven and now your espresso machine! It's amazing. 

I have seen this movie no less then 12 times with all the touring we did with it and it never gets old. In fact I love it more every time. It is that good. If you haven't seen it I urge you to watch the movie THE BIG COMPANIES DO NOT WANT YOU TO SEE. Watch this film and you wont think the same way about what you ride, what you wear and what you BUY.  Join the revaluation to take back our surf industry.

I'm proud of you Pierce and Petra. You guys did it right and did it from your heart. Here is to you my friends.

Help Kick Start The Encyclopedia of Surfing Online

 Want the history of surfing to be free and online for ever and ever? Want your name to be associated with that? Help make it happen by going to the kickstarter.com page for the Encyclopedia of Surfing. You can donate as little as a dollar but $10 to $1000 get you some pretty cool stuff. 

I think it is great what Matt Warshaw, former editor of SURFER Magazine is doing. His books include the Encyclopedia of Surfing, the History of Surfing, and Maverick's: the Story of Big-Wave Surfing. He has an idea and is going for it. I wish Matt and the crew a heap of luck in this endeavor. 

The Faces of Trash

While waiting patiently for enjoy handplane leftovers Rodrigo continues the trash dance and shares some of his newest mugs.

This is what we should do with our trash. Great job Rodrigo!

Hey Ho Let's Go Surfing!

Our good friend Nathan Oldfield has been at it again. Check out his latest short. 

Little Black Wheels playing Nov 12th. in Wilmington

One of my favorite movies 'LITTLE BLACK WHEELS' has been selected to be a part of the 
17th annual  'CUCALORUS' film festival. 




For Auction Today

What: *enjoy Handplane for silent auction.
When: 11:30am to 2:20 TODAY Sunday Nov 6th.
Where: Bali Hai Restaurant
Why: To rase money for a scholarship in the name of Skip and Donna Frye that goes to help good kids that ended up in continuation high school go to college.
Who: The Jonathan Tarr Foundation + Skip and Donna Frye

The Jonathan Tarr Foundation is an amazing organization. It is based in Encinitas and every year helps about 30 kids that want to go to collage with small starter scholarships to get their foot in the door. The kids that get these scholarships all went to continuation high school and all where recommended by their counselors to get the awards. These are bright kids that make a wrong turn at some point.

This organization recognizes that although you may make some bad choices along the way, you are not bad at heart and deserve to be given a second chance. Many of these kids start off to go to a JC and end up at 4 year prestigious colleges, graduating and going on to have very successful lives.

If it wasn't for the JTF no one would have helped them.

Todays auction is in conjunction with a humanitarian award being given to Skip and Donna Frye. Tickets for lunch and the ceremony are $55. All the proceeds go to the scholarships. If you want to attend. Call Sherry Yardley at 760-818-0462

This is the 1%.

I couldn't resist. The best thing I've seen in a long time. The 1% know how to light a house. Bravo.

Happy Halloween Leucadia

Enjoy Handplane art by Erik Baldwin.

Susan Wickstrand - Roche featured in Slide Magazine

The lovely and extremely talented Susan Wickstrand - Roche gets one heck of a spread in the latest Slide Magazine. Slide is quickly becoming one of my favorite mags out there. Congratulations Susan!!! Stop by Mitch's or Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy.







SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH    3:00 - 5:00PM

NEED A VOLUNTEER TO VIDEO (as a gift for the family)

       Questions? contact Malka 760.717.2652

Last Saturday morning at 3:30 am we lost a friend, musician and waterman. Leucadia local Paulo Mattioli bravely battled an aggressive brain tumor. Paulo was an amazing soul. He fought the tumor with the hopes that he could one day help others in his situation. I am grateful for knowing Paulo. He taught me that in the face of extreme challenges in one's life you can still choose joy and love. You can still choose to look at every day as a gift and do what brings you happiness. Even when his doctors told him not to he was in the water catching waves and sharing the stoke of his beloved break knowing that what matters is the moment. Here is to you Paulo. You'll be remembered.

Photos courtesy by David Gray

See this one?

“See this one?” was the title of the email this came in. I hadn’t. It looks pretty cool to me. Hope you like it.

Photo by David Gray

Damian Fulton

For those of you who have seen Manufacturing Stoke you are familiar with the work of Damian Fulton, the LA based artist more recently known for his “Urban Surf” vision. Damian's work in the movie always gets the attention of the audience. There isn't a screening I've gone to that his scene doesn't get a rise out of the viewers.

What I find amazing about Damian is that he is not just an extremely talented artist but he is truly generous as well. Supporting independent filmmaker's like Pierce and Petra Kavanagh with their project, living painting at Sacred Craft to raise money or just recently supporting the Surfing Heritage Foundation for the *Enjoy Handplanes art show where he painted one as a space ship complete with a pin up girl.

Damian truly inspires me and his work makes me think.  Thank you Damian for your generosity and your imagination. Both are needed in this world!


Fascinated with the relentless love/hate experience comes with living with one foot in the city and one foot in the sea, Los Angeles-based artist Damian Fulton creates a uniquely original “Urban Surf” vision instantly relatable to those persevering in today’s over stimulated, pop-industrialized world. Influenced by Norman Rockwell and Rick Griffin among others, Fulton’s imaginative blend of storytelling, scrambled pop imagery, and painterly technique belie a respect for traditions of the past. Fulton launched his art career as a cartoonist and illustrator for Surfer Publications and painted surf posters for Ocean Pacific. After doing time at Ogilvy and Mather Advertising in Los Angeles as Senior Partner Creative Director, and Marvel Productions as VP Head of Creative Development, he’s returned to his first love with a vengeance.

These prints available at: www.waveridersgallery.net

REMINDER- TONIGHT: Movie Screening and Handplane Art Exhibit Oct 22nd

*Up to 20 hand painted, original artworks on Enjoy handplanes by some of surfing's best artists. 
Limited, intimate screening of Come Hell or High Water with Kieth Malloy. 

Benefits Surfing Heritage Foundation

Presented by Wellen

Movie Screening and Handplane Art Exhibit
Presented by Wellen, on Saturday night Oct. 22, 7-10PM 
we're screening Keith Malloy's new film, 
Come Hell or High Water. 

Raffle items include an Enjoy Handplane, a Patagonia Wetsuit, Nixon Watches and Headphones, Hobie Polarized Sunglasses and Products from Wellen! 

We will also be exhibiting and selling a series of Enjoy Handplanes, customized by Matt Beard, Aaron Bravo "Chivo", John Culqui, Kipp Denslow, Damian Fulton, Robb Havassy, Joe Hodnicki, Wade Koniakowsky, Ed Lewis, Rodney "Rodrigo" McCoubrey, Cher Pendarvis, J.P. St. Pierre, Peter St. Pierre, Rick Rietveld, Heather Ritts, Phil Roberts, Tak Aoyama, Skye Walker, Tyler Warren, Alex Weinstein, and Susan Wickstrand (bring your checkbooks, these unique handplanes will be available for sale on a "first-come, first purchase" basis).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 949.388.0313 x0.

Surfing Heritage Foundation
110 Calle Iglesia · San Clemente · CA · 92672

Behind the Lens with Dan Merkel by Doug Walker

"Dan Merkel is the legendary photographer who captured surfings most memorable images throughout the 1970's. Dan then went on in his career winning an EMMY as well as shooting on such classic movies as "Big Wednesday". I had a chance to follow Dan in NYC after Premiering the film "Lost & Found" with his camera while he photographed shooting his new love of panoramic images.

Dan Merkel is a PHOTOGRAPHER."- Doug Walker

My friend Doug is the up and coming filmmaker who did "Lost and Found" a new movie about 30,000 lost slides from Surfing Magazine he found at the Pasadena Flea-market. I just saw the film last weekend and was blown away by the stories. If you are into the history of surfing and the legends of the 70's (Aaron Chang, Dan Merkel, Bob Barbour, Bernie Baker, Buttons, Greg Weaver, Jock Sutherland, Rory Russell, Larry Bertlemann, Bobby Owens, Duncan Campbell & Gerry Lopez.) go see it. Even if you think you aren't into the 70's go see it. That era is a time that should not be forgotten as it led to everything today. 

Grain in Analog by Max Schmige

When I went to Grain for the Re-Evolution event, one of the people I traveled with was Max Schmige, Director of Photography for Manufacturing Stoke.

Max is originally from Berlin but studied cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Max is pretty fresh out of school but has already done some amazing work. He is one talented lens-smith and did an unreal job with Manufacturing Stoke.

When I heard Max was coming I was excited as I thought he would bring some goodies on the trip to get some great images. I pictured him showing up with all kinds of digital cameras for us to play with.

When we got on the trip I found out he left all his digital equipment at home and brought a bag of film cameras instead. Since I have come into this photography world in the digital age I really hadn't had much experience with a real photographer and the process by which they shoot film. Hanging with Max was an education.

Now that 99.99% of us have switched to digital we take for granted the virtually unlimited pics we can take in one day without the need to reload or spend money and all the built in light meters, auto-focus, auto everything.

To say the least shooting with analog is a completely different experience. For example while I walk through a room taking frame after frame, shooting as I please without a worry of running out of shots, Max would set up and literately take 20 minutes a single shot. Finding the joy in every aspect of the process as he would test his light, set his camera and agonize over the perfect composition. All while  knowing he had limited film to get his best work.

During the trip the ongoing question was "Where's Max?". That was because as we went through our day Max would slip away and get caught up in a moment in light and space and have a blast shooting that one perfect shot.

As the trip progressed we all would check out shots on our laptops and get our accustomed instant gratification. It sort of felt like Max was missing out a bit at the time as we could all see our work and feed off it.  But when I looked at Max while were were doing this he wasn't concerned at all. He was like a kid waiting for Christmas knowing that the best part of the gift was the anticipation. The knowing you did your best and the excitement of opening that package from the film processor to see if you really do know your stuff.

At the end of the trip we all went our separate ways and frankly I forgot all about Max's photos. Like the rest of us my mind went on to the next thing and then next thing grinding through this world of next things.

That was until I got an email from Max from a file sharing site that had no text just a download. When I opened the folder of images I was pleasantly surprised to see Max's work and the reminder that paying attention and waiting for the outcome is fun and does pay off.

Thanks Max for that lesson.

The above images where all shot at Grain by Max on a old Canon with God knows what settings. Maybe he'll fill us in. The rest of the trip is waiting to be scanned and I can't wait (as usual) to see them all. Will I ever learn.

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