Monday, December 27, 2010
Hope everyone had a great X-mas holiday weekend and are now ready to get back down to some serious business of building boards.
About two weeks ago the brass over at US Blanks threw us (Foam E-Z) a sample Orange Foam surfboard blank to shape out. This NEW surfboard foam is 6% lighter or 1/2 pound compared to their Red Foam formula. We thought we would enlist pro shaper Tim Stamps as test pilot since he is a stickler when it comes to his foam. We knew we could get an unbiased, honest opinion from Stamps whether it was good or bad. We interviewed Tim at the end of this video for his take on this new foam. We were pleasantly surprised by US Blanks latest creation so look for the Orange Foam at Foam E-Z in 2011.
Friday, December 24, 2010
December is my favorite month of the year because it means one thing; Christmas! To me, it’s all about the decorations, music, presents, oh yeah, family and friends too. Now, that time is finally here, which can be a good thing and a bad thing for some. The folks who have spent the last few months shopping and already getting their presents together are now able to relax and enjoy the holidays. While others (like me) are rushing and using every last minute to buy gifts and wrap them in time.
This past week, we’ve had many people come into Foam E-Z to get Board Kits, DVD’s, and other board building supplies as presents for their loved ones. Though it has been crazy and stressful at times, it has been fun and rewarding as well. We have received so much candy and cookies; I think it’s safe to say that we all might die before the New Year. We definitely want to thank all our customers for their amazing support and all the great holiday swag.
Have a very merry Christmas and be sure to make a toast to anything or anyone!
Enjoy the holidays-
From C-Monkey and the rest of the Foam E-Z Crew
Friday, December 17, 2010
This one goes out to all our procrastinating friends out there!! There are only 8 days until Christmas and since you’ve waited this long to start your shopping we thought we’d help you out by being open on Friday, Christmas Eve from 10a.m.-2p.m. I would recommend trying to get your goods before then but chances are you’ll lag. We will be here providing some holiday cheer!!
For those of you out there in cyberspace you can still place your orders and have them shipped out until the 23rd of December. Check out the shipping calendar above to get a general guide for shipping deadlines so you can make sure your package arrives on time. If you would like exact transit times to your location then just give us a ring and we’ll put one together for you.
Happy shopping and please try to smile when you're sitting in traffic at the mall!!!
Thanks for the support in 2010.
The Crew at Foam E-Z
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Foam E-Z Holiday Party began on a cold, but not so cold Friday night in December. One by one the crew showed up to Brad’s humble abode. Once everyone had arrived, the party began.
We were each greeted by Brad’s daughter Bailey giving us a mini air guitar performance for a very unique welcoming. We then all wandered to the kitchen and were given drinks of choice and snacks to keep our hand’s company. It was hard for me to decide on whether to eat all of the m&m’s or chips. So I ate both. Hugs and stories were swapped and then my favorite time happened; DINNER.
After we had all stuffed our faces with a plate or two of the tasty Thai food, we let our bellies rest by the fire place. With a long couch full of friends and food in my stomach, I was very content.
Once we had digested some and could move again, we got a little mushy and gave some Christmas presents out. It was uncomfortable, hilarious, and sweet all at the same time.
Then we looked through old surf books and heard some stories about the characters that come into the shop all the time. We also got to see what they looked like before they were present day dinosaurs.
All in all I’d say it was a great party. Minus myself getting lost on the way there.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wow the Beach Demo was a blast this past Saturday even though the surf was a meager 1ft!!! Luckily the skies were clear and the air was a brisk 4o degrees to start the morning. Tim Stamps brought down twenty surfboards all shapes and sizes for the kiddies to try out. There were longboards, contemporary shortboards, quad fish, and even some experimental stuff. Future Fins showed up with more fins than you'd see in a fish tank. They had their new killer stuff including the Elevon Quads which some people were lucky enough to try out. Adam from Solspot showed up to do his demo and give his forecasting tips but unfortunately we had some serious technical difficulties with our electrical equipment. Since we didn't have electricity David Scales from One Hour in HB got to surf instead of showing his surf movies. Unexpectedly, Chas's Pit Crew (SB and HB hot groms) showed up and got the opportunity to test ride the stuff and give it a real go. Even a few local pros were there to rip the knee high dribblers.
A special thanks goes out to Stamps Surfboards, Future Fins, Solspot, One Hour in HB, and all the people that came to show their support. Look for a detailed report in our upcoming newsletter with feedback from the test riders themselves!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Black Friday is near and we will be here so don’t fret!! Yes we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th but we'll be open on Black Friday November 26th, from 10-3pm. The shop will be stocked and ready to accommodate your surfboard building needs.
Word on the street is that there are going to be some in store specials on some luxurious items such as the E-Z Finish Shaping Pad regularly $8.95 will be on sale for only $5.00! All Resin Research Epoxy and Fiberglass Cloth (including Ribz) will be 10% off. We also have the world famous E-Z Square on sale right now for only $24.95 marked down from $33.95 as well as the E-Z Calipers with Gauge marked down to $74.95. In addition, the CF Planer is on sale for $379.95 ($20 off). So cruise on by, take advantage of the savings, and stock up on goodies for yourself or for the board builder in the family.
Look forward to spending Black Friday with you!!!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Stamps Surfboard and Futures Fins Demo Presented by Foam E-Z
We’re moving!!...the beach demo to Saturday, November 27th. The demo was originally planned for this Saturday, November 20th but it looks like the weather isn’t going to cooperate with us. We’ve decided to push it back one week to Saturday, November 27th. The weather is looking clear and crisp and we’d rather hang out in the sunshine than tough it out in the rain. This should give everyone enough time to recover from Thanksgiving and a chance to work off a few pounds. Tim Stamps of Stamps Surfboards will be providing all of the boards and Future Fins will be providing all of the fins so you don’t need anything….except a wetsuit. If you want you can even bring your own board down and try out some of the fins too, but why not thrash around on someone else’s board for a while.
Besides the boards and fins we’ll also have some super rad surf videos playing on a flat screen courtesy of 1HRinHB as well as some jams. The guys from SolSpot will be there to show a bitchen demo of how there new site works and some forecasting tips. Of course there’s more, we’ll also be giving away some freebies and have some refreshments so make sure you get there early to get your pick of boards and fins.
Just to re-cap, the demo is still on and it is still on the South Side of the Huntington Beach Pier, we’ve just moved the date to November 27th. So cruise by and check out the latest shapes/designs from Tim Stamps and Futures Fins. See you at the beach!!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
So the party went off without a hitch thanks to all the people involved. The raffle absolutely blew up with so much stuff being given away pretty much everyone left with something! Congratulations to the winners of the unbelievable surfboards that were given away. A special thanks goes out to Todd for manning the bbq under the stress of the many hungry guests. We raised over $2500 for Mark which will certainly help with his bills. If you didn't make it to the party and would still like to donate you can make checks payable to Mark Bouvier Irrevocable S.N.T. (special needs trust) and either drop them at the shop or mail to: 18685 Main St. Suite 101-465 Huntington Beach Ca 92648; If you'd like to donate online you can do it here
Here's what Mark sent to us after the event:
I am absolutely overwhelmed by all of the love and support I was shown by my friends in the surf community this Sunday at the fundraiser hosted by Foam E-Z, Aloha Glassing, and Shelter Surf. I can't even begin to express my appreciation of all of my friends who pulled together to raise money so that i could continue my recovery. It has proven much more expensive than even my insurance was willing to afford but thanks to the efforts of some really awesome people: Brad Nadell,and the crew of Foam E-Z, Steve Albin, (and Kim Albin for the awesome cupcakes and root-beer floats) and Matt Bettis and the crew of Aloha Glassing, Jack Sykes of Line Up Surfboards , Tim Stamps of Stamps Surfboards, Graham Day of Shelter Surfshop as well as some of the great vendors of surf supplies such as Futures Fins, US Blanks, Quiksilver and local shops like Harbour Surfboards. Thanks again to these great people and many more. We were able to raise enough money to keep me going on my way to a full recovery (HOPEFULLY I DIDN'T FORGET ANYBODY!), so hopefully someday I can get back to my life as I'd like it to be. A huuuge thank you to everyone who turned out to show me all of your love and support, there were so many familiar faces. Friends from the water, friends from the shop, and some new friends I hope to paddle out with someday in the not too distant future. So in conclusion, the fundraiser was a great success.
A million thank you's to everyone who made it possible and to everyone who came out to "give a bro some dough"
all of my aloha, mark bouvier(boonz) and hopefully I'll see you all in the water soon---
Saturday, November 13, 2010
So the benefit party is almost here and we are stoked at how many people and businesses have come together and donated in one way or another. Here's a short list of some of the stuff being raffled off:
Four surfboards: Bettis Longboard and short stubby, Stamps shortboard, and a LineUp Longboard
Future Fins has donated an assortment of beautiful fins, Quiksilver has donated some board bags and other goodies, Harbour Surfboards gave us some bitchen tees/sweatshirts, ProBox Fins dropped off some stuff, and many people have donated money to Mark.
Thanks to everyone for all there generous donations and we're looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. There's gonna be lots of food and fun so bring the whole family. Please spread the word.
Foam E-Z Team
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
On Sunday November 14th from 2-5pm there will be a benefit party for Mark Bouvier. If you don't know or remember Mark he is the former "Saturday Guy" at Foam E-Z. Mark was involved in a horrific auto accident over a year ago. He sustained head trauma that has paralyzed his left side. Mark has been working tirelessly with rehab specialists to gain movement in his arm and leg back. The hard work has paid off and he is starting to see some real gains. The bummer is all this rehab is ringing up a huge bill that his insurance can't pay.
We're hoping to generate a lot of interest in hopes of bringing many people out to contribute to the cause. Many people/businesses are stepping up with generous donations that will be raffled off at the party. Stamps Surfboards, Bettis Surfboards, and Line Up Surfboards have gotten together to donate some beautiful boards that will be going home with some lucky party goers. Future Fins has donated a bunch of goodies for the raffle. There will also be a Hot Dog BBQ, live music, and all around shenanigans going on. Raffle tix (5 for $20) will be pre-sold at Foam E-Z, Aloha Glassing, and Shelter Surf Shop. Of course, tix will also be available at the party.
Come on out and support Mark.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Foam E-Z Team
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Check it out, a free surfboard and fin demo!! We’ve been trying to put one of these together for a while and with the help of Stamps Surfboards and Future Fins we’ve got it bagged. Stamps will be providing a variety of boards to test ride, from shortboards, to retros, and Futures will be bringing a plethora of fancy fins. We’ll be hosting the event on November 20th @ 8:00 a.m. on the South Side of the Huntington Beach Pier. All you have to do is show up, pick a stick, snag some fins and surf. For real, you can test ride any board and any fins, it’s totally up to you. We’re also going to be giving away plenty of goodies as well. So take advantage of this opportunity to ask some questions, try out some boards and ride some fins. Hope to see you there!! Check out our Facebook Page for updates.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In case you haven’t heard the Froghouse Surf Shop in Newport Beach is in jeopardy of having to close their doors due to a zoning issue that has been overlooked since the mid 70’s. This is sucks because The Froghouse has been a staple of the Newport Beach scene for over 40 years and it makes a lot of us wonder why now, all of the sudden, is the city council pursuing this zoning issue? The whole situation is a bummer not only for TK Brimer (owner) but for everyone who has ever stepped foot in the shop. Entering the doors is a nostalgic trip for many who still frequent the shop and a look back into the independent surf shops of the 60’s and 70’s for the younger generations. It’s just sad to see the City Council of Newport Beach trying to hinder a business that has been a positive part of their city for so many years. We say booo to Newport Beach City Council, booo indeed!
Let us know what you think.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Happy Fall to All! The weather has been killer and so has the waves. The kids are back in school and everything is cool. Our shop is mellow, come down and say hello.
As of today October 1st we are officially extending our hours in hopes of better meeting our customers needs. Monday through Friday we will be open at 10am and closing at 5pm. We have added an additional hour to our Saturday's and now we are opening at 10am and closing at 3pm. Longer hours = more fun, Yippee!!!
We have plans to add more hours down the road but could use your feedback as to what you'd like to see.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Harbour Surfboards employee and artist, Shane Bowman is one of the artists to be featured at the upcoming La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. Shane is a local kid who attends Long Beach State and is in the art program there.
A little about his artwork:
The influence of the ocean and its surroundings inspire me to create paintings and drawings with a little twist on nature. I realized art does not have to be a delicate oil painting stuck on a wall; it can be tangible and common without depreciating the value and beauty of the work. In the spirit of this idea some of my paintings have been done on surfboards, old fins, old cabinet doors, recycled plywood, and sheet metal so it can be displayed outside.
My artwork in this event will be featuring the exploration of this idea through the use of acrylic and oil mediums. There will also be one of a kind hand-painted trucker hats.
About the event:
Shane was lucky enough to be 1 of the 14 artists selected under the "Emerging Artist Scholarship" category for the 2010 La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival takes place on October 9 and 10 from 11:00am -6:00pm on Upper Girard Avenue between Pearl Ave. and Genter St. The event donates all proceeds to key programs at three area public schools: La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and Bird Rock Elementary. These commonly underfunded programs include art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care by a school nurse. All three beneficiaries are part of the financially troubled San Diego Unified School District.
Besides supporting a good cause there are plenty other reasons to come down and check out the event:
- There is going to be over 100 artists- with just about anything you can think of: 2D, 3D, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fibers, etc.
- Live music will be played by multiple artists throughout the event
- A beer and wine garden featuring wines and beers from the region
-local restaurant and farmer's market vendors
Tickets: $15 for 2-day pass, $10 for 1-day
For more info go to www.lajollaartandwinefestival.com
or visit his blog at www.designsbybowman.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Check this video of Simpo, Dane, Mick, Kelly, and more taken by Dave from One Hour in HB. The free-surfing footage is from the Hurley Pro at Lowers Friday and Saturday mornings. I'm sure you all watched the contest live or on the web but watching the boys warm up is pretty spectacular too. ENJOY!!!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Check the flyer below for more details...
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Although each fin is worthy of being hung on a wall, they are also used as functional surf fins on your board. Our “Stained Glass” fins are available in any of our high performance fin shapes, and can be used safely on your board to enhance both the performance in the water and the overall look of your board on land.
RFC has been a leader with innovative designs using the latest technology and hand crafted perfection for over forty years. Our industry leading fins have incorporated materials like G-10 Epoxy, RTM, fabric pattern inlays, multi colored layers of glass, Lava Rock, carbon fiber, bamboo and Volan cloth just to name a few. During our R&D process we discovered the break through “Stained Glass” look, and after substantial development we were able build artful fins inspired by the rising sun, banner fish, sand dollars and ocean waves.
Foam E-Z carries the Stained Glass Fins in a variety of templates. Please call or check the site current designs.
Monday, August 23, 2010
We were involved in glassing demos with Stretch Surfboards, Stamps Surfboards, Greg Loehr from Resin Research, Entropy Bio-Resins, and Podunk Surfboards. We chucked hats, shirts, and stickers out to the crowd and even raffled off the Stamps 5’10” “Fuse” quad fin that had the new colored boxes from Future Fins as well as Stamps’ signature quad fin set. Whew, it was very generous for everyone to pitch in and donate a whole board and all the materials and labor.
On top of that there was plenty of shaping action going on around the show, between the Young Guns Shape Off and the Tribute to the Masters. They were replicating a Simon thruster. Matt Biolos of Lost Surfboards was deemed the winner of the Master Shape Off and generously donated the $1000 he won to charity. Although they didn’t win, Pat Rawson, Brian Bulkley, Larry Mabile, Jason Bennett and Michael Barron, put on a shaping clinic for the crowd. Luckily our booth was right by the main shaping booth and next to U.S. Blanks so we were right in the thick of it. There were legends of shaping, surfing and basketball all around us. Bill Walton was cruising around the show, or should I say towering above, not to mention, MR, Shaun Thompson, PT, Aaron Cormican etc...standing shoulder to shoulder with regular guys and gals, taking pics and enjoying the show.
Yeah the show is different, but if it weren’t for change then we’d still be clicking rocks together to make fire. Old school, new school, industry folk, the show had it all and the vibe was kicking! Scott Bass created a great environment that still brought out the best craftsmen, artists, and crowd from all over the world.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Check out this short movie from one our customers Jeremy Lynch, it stars Andrew Doheney. Might be a little too artsy fartsy for most of you but the idea of recycling used boards is fun.
Jeremy has traveled extensively and now resides in Huntington Beach, California. He is working as a Director, Editor, Shooter, Writer by day and an Artist by night.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Here we are again, gearing up for another Sacred Craft show. This weekend August 14 & 15 we will be at the Sail Terrace Hall at the San Diego Convention Center. In case you're not aware, Sacred Craft is running in conjunction with ASR. Although ASR isn’t open to the public, the Sacred Craft is! It should be even more cranking with a large overflow crowd from ASR. This Consumer surfboard expo is marking the 30-year anniversary of the legendary Australian's revolutionary Thruster design. Sacred Craft and the entire surfboard industry will honor Simon Anderson and the 3-fin Thruster design during the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks .
That ain’t the only cool thing though, we’re going to be involved in a total of three glassing demos. We'll be working with Marko Foam and Stretch using Resin Research Epoxy . Also we will be assisting in a vacuum bagging demo with Entropy Bio Resins. Just a heads up, the demo you don't wanna miss will be on Saturday August 14 at 1:30p.m. (all glassing demos will be held at the Show Floor, aisle 100). Greg Loehr of Resin Research Epoxy will be glassing up a Stamps Quad Surfboard that we will be raffling off…..for FREE!! That’s not it, the board will come with a FREE set of Stamps signature quad fins by Future Fins !!! Holy crap we are jealous cause we can’t win, but you can! All you have to do is show up to the demo early and fill out a ticket, that’s it. If glassing isn’t your thing, check out the schedule, I’m sure you can find something that will make it worth the $10 entry fee. You can find us in BOOTH #606Tribute to the Masters Shaping Booth . Click here to view a complete floorplan of the event, click on the Sacred Craft Tab at the top.. Hope to see you all there.
Check out this cool footage of Simon Anderson at the Surfabout Contest 1981 Narrabeen, Aus:
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Take your surfing beyond glass-ons with Future Fins next progression. TechFlex was designed to stiffen up the fin in the right places with strategically placed carbon in the base and the tip. This activates flex in the middle of the fin, creating maximum lift for those who prefer flatsided fins. The TechFlex is perfect for the experienced surfers with a powerful approach or any level surfer in powerful waves.
RTM Honeycomb and Blackstix, but softer than Fiberglass. They are more responsive than Honeycomb and are great for harnessing power. The TechFlex Series have a natural feel for a controlled ride and predictable release for high performance surfing. If you're used to riding Glass-ons then the TechFlex Series is a perfect transition to the high performance world of Future Fins.
Check out the high res pics and descriptions of the Future TechFlex Fins here!!!
Monday, August 02, 2010
Randy Lewis, one of Huntington Beach’s best surfers and a noted surfboard shaper, will be inducted into the 2010 Surfer’s Hall of Fame on Friday, August 6th at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport (corner of PCH and Main). A lifelong Huntington Beach resident, Lewis will be inducted along with Ian Cairns and Stephanie Gilmore.
Lewis began surfing in 1961 and was considered a childhood phenomenon along the lines of one of his prodigies Bud Llamas. He started competing in the boys 14 and under division of local events and went on to place third in the 1967 U.S. Championships Junior Men’s.
He also won the West Coast Championships in 1976 and 1977 and the San Onofre Surf Club titles in 1978 and 1979. From WSA events to the annual Huntington Beach contest, Lewis competed all the way up through the Super Grand Masters and was often the point leader in his divisions. He finally retired from competitive surfing in 2006 when he won his last event, the City of Huntington Beach Championships.
In the mid-60’s, legendary shaper Gordie Duane took Lewis under his wing and taught him his board shaping secrets. Soon thereafter, Lewis was shaping and riding for the famous “Hole in the Wall Gang”, an assemblage of seasoned Huntington Beach surfers who weren’t part of the regular contest circuit, but were great competitors in their own right.
From 1977-87, Lewis operated his own surf shop, the Randy Lewis Surf Center, on 5th street. Over the years he has worked for almost every Huntington Beach surf store and currently shapes at Chuck Dent. Among the big name surfers who rode Lewis boards-Llamas, Michael Ho, John Boozer, and Joey Hawkins.
“Randy Lewis is one of the greatest shapers to come out of Huntington Beach,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “He surfed the Huntington Pier with style and grace and was one of the hottest surfers out in the water.”
“Anyone who grew up surfing in Huntington Beach in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s knows the name ‘Randy Lewis’! This guy is right up there with all ‘the best’ surfers and shapers in town. We are honored and excited to be able to induct Randy Lewis in the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this August!”
Randy is famous in the world of skateboarding for his one cover shot on SkateBoarder magazine in 1964 (Vol. 1 #2). For a time, Randy tried his hand a motorcycle speedway racing in the early 1970’s in Costa Mesa, Irwindale and Bakersfield at the urging of friends. After racing alongside the likes of future world speedway champion Bruce Penhall, Randy quickly returned to the water where he was more comfortable. His parents, Mary Jane and Forest (a retired city police officer) still live in Huntington Beach.
The 2010 Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony pays tribute to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on the sport, industry and culture of surfing. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors to Huntington Beach’s downtown area literally walk in the footsteps of surfing superstars and legends from several eras including Laird Hamilton, Mike Doyle, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Greg Noll, Jericho Poppler, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Martin Potter, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado who are already immortalized in cement.
The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Green Foam Recycled Blanks are here! Were happy to be carrying the latest
product from U.S. Blanks. Green Foam blanks are made from recycled rigid polyurethane foam waste produced in manufacturing surfboards it is then reintroduced back into the parent product.
We’ve had the opportunity to shape up a few and have been very pleased with the
results, so now were stocking them for all of you! We are excited to see our
quality selection of “green” products grow and be put to the test by you, our customers. If you have any questions or comments just call us up and we’d be happy to chat about any one of our environmentally friendly products from U.S. Blanks, Marko Foam, and Entropy Bio Resins.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Surfer Magazine is doing a feature on How To Shape a Surfboard for the October 2010 issue. Grant Ellis, Surfer Magazine Photo Editor, is the test subject with Grant Ramey (from Foam E-Z) as the shaping instructor. The Shaping lesson took place in Foam E-Z's Shape Box. Joel Patterson will be conducting the interview for the magazine.
Check out a snippet of the experience.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Charles Kirkley AKA Dr. Ding has repaired thousands of surfboards at the Ding Shop since 1982. After years of being asked where to start, what to do, and how to do it? This DVD shows you.
Go on a quick factory tour to view the board building process, see the 10 Step ding repair process used for all dings, and watch as Dr. Ding explains and shows how to repair dings anyone can fix. Then move to the Ding Shop to repair boards with more severe damage. Learn valuable techniques for cutting and manipulating cloth, pouring resin, glassing, and sanding.
Be prepared for the inevitable and learn how to fix your board, by watching the first of it's kind, "The Ding Shop Surfboard repair DVD".
Check the trailer below:
Monday, June 14, 2010
We would like to formally invite you to Foam E-Z’s Back Yard B-B-Q. It will take place on Saturday June 26th from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and the food and drinks are completely free, we just want you to come down to the shop and meet our new staff. Check out the video invitation for more details.
Hope to see you there.
The Foam E-Z Cru
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Here's some cool video footage of Doc from Surf Prescriptions Surfboards shaping up the Marko EnviroFoam Blank. This is one of the boards we glassed with Entropy Surf Sap Epoxy at this past Sacred Craft in Ventura, Ca. After glassing the bottom of this board we raffled it off to one of the many spectators. The lucky winner was Mary Barbour of Santa Monica!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Well our customer, Chris James, took a pretty clean Channel Islands 70's Single Fin and ripped the glass off and reshaped and glassed it. He is an artist and did it for an art project for his art school. That original board was worth some pretty good dough to the right guy.
Here's some words from the artist about the art piece:
"Ordinarily in sculpture you would make something out of some other material: a head in bronze, or a bull out of a bicycle seat and handlebars(picasso). In this case I want to see if you can make a sculpture out of the materials of the subject itself: can you make a sculpture of a tree out of a tree? Or in this case a surfboard. I don’t think I got an answer since what I made out of a 1979 al merrick tri plane hull is still ride-able, but I have shown it in a couple galleries as well. But that is what was the impetus for the work."
Check out Chris' video; is it the death and destruction of a classic 70's Channel Islands Board or art?
Monday, May 03, 2010
This blog documents those sessions and experiences. Some of the pros documented: Brett Simpson, Alana Blanchard, and Micah Byrne.
As a full-time gig, Dave owns and runs MAWL (Music , Art, Wine, Love). It's a great little wine tasting and gathering spot next to the 405 and Valley View St. It's an awesome spot to drink wine, beer, eat cheese, hang with friends/family, check out art, and much more...
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Want to reduce the carbon footprint on your next big DIY project? Have you been waiting to try Entropy's Bio-Epoxy on your upcoming surfboard project? Well, quit procrastinating and help celebrate Earth Day by receiving a 10% discount on all our bio-epoxy resin kits and Marko Envirofoam Blanks. From Earth Day, April 22nd through April 28th, just type "EARTH2010" in the coupon field during checkout, and receive 10% off all products in the Green Surf Supplies category. It's our way of giving back to Mother Earth by getting the most environmentally sustainable surf products into your hands at the cheapest possible price!
As you probably know, we recently made the pilgrimage to Ventura, CA where surfboard builders big and small congregated for the annual Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Along with Entropy Resins and Marko Foam we presented a vision of the future in sustainable & recycled surfboard design; Surf Sap bio-epoxy, Marko's Recycled Envirofoam, and Future's Recycled Fins. Expect to see more of these eco-shredders coming from a shaper near you!
Here's what Rey Banatao of Entropy Resins had to say:
"The show was a huge success, as evidenced by the heavy foot traffic our booths received throughout the weekend and the standing room only during Stretch Riedel's live glassing demo with our resin! We want to thank FOAM E-Z for putting this successful collaboration together. And a BIG MAHALO goes to Stretch and Dave, from Stretch Surfboards, for doing live Surf Sap glassing demos throughout the weekend and causing a major raucous in the showroom aisles. Finally, thank you to everyone that stopped by the booths."
Stay tuned for more cool, sustainable products in the near future.
Happy Earth Day 2010!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We had a blast this past weekend at the Sacred Craft convention at the Ventura Fairgrounds. If you haven’t had the chance to go or you’ve put it off in the past then you’re missing out on some legendary shapers and some up and comers. This show they honored Rennie Yater and had a shape off that included shapers (WINNER) Wayne Rich, Todd Proctor, Michel Junod, Nick Palandrani, Matt Moore, and Dennis Ryder. They had to replicate one of his classic “Spoon” models. They brought their A game for the crowd and it still blows my mind how every shaper went about it differently but still came out with a great looking replica.
Like usual we didn’t just sit around at the show, we had our own bio-based epoxy glassing demo going both days. We had some help this time, and we were able to not only laminate a couple of boards but also give them away; thanks to Marko Foam, Entropy Bio-Based Epoxy Resin, Surf Prescriptions by Doc, Stretch Surfboards, Surfrider Foundation and of course, us…Foam E-Z. Since we love keeping people stoked there was no entry fee for the surfboard raffle so of course people were losing their minds trying to enter before we drew the winner. Just to give you an idea, it was kind of like when the Beatles came to America, complete pandemonium…..okay, not really but we were throwing out free hats!!!!
Bill “Stretch” Rydell from Stretch Surfboards did the laminating on both days of the demo which was really cool because we also got to talk to him about his boards and the different models. He also shared a bunch of little glassing tricks and was very generous to give up his time and to provide the shaped blank. When it came time to draw the names there could only be two winners, so along with the other sponsors of the demo we want to congratulate Stephen Leeruangsri of Arcadia and Mary Barbour of Venice. Stephen was the winner of the Stretch surfboard and Mary scooped up the Surf Prescriptions board.
We hope that if you were there that you had as much fun as we did and be sure to look out for future demos and giveaways from us.
Until next time, happy building.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
You know that feeling you get right before finals in high school, all the late nights studying, thinking about failing, the anxiety….well that’s what were feeling, but it’s just in preparation for Sacred Craft up in Ventura on April 10th and 11th. I know your probably weeping in your Wheaties because we don’t have our unbelievably, finely crafted newsletter, but don’t fret, we’ve got some cool stuff planned for that up coming weekend. We’ll be bringing it to the people both days ‘cause that’s what we like to do.
This time we have partnered up with Entropy Bio-Resins and Marko Foam to create an all inclusive surf center within the show. We’re going to have a glassing demo both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. where we’ll be glassing up a couple of boards with the SUPER Sap and SURF Sap Bio-Resins. This demo will take place in the Entropy booth (F-10) which will be sandwiched between the Foam E-Z and Marko booths. Not only is that going to be happening, but since we’re such generous guys we’ll also be raffling off the SURF PRESCRIPTIONS demo board as well as a lot of other goodies. Yeah, for real, the winner will be able to pick up their completed surfboard two weeks after the show at Foam E-Z!!! Entry in the raffle is free, the demo is free, and like always we’ll have plenty of knowledgeable staff there to answer any questions about the products. As usual there will also be some special show pricing, if you know what I mean…. wink, wink. Believe me, if you like surfing in general then you’ll love Sacred Craft, and I’m guessing that you do if you’re reading this. Make sure to come by our booth and check out the demo, get in the raffle, talk shop, and play with some cool new products.
Next month we’ll have a full recap of Sacred Craft with interviews and video from the show. I’m sure we’ll also have some blog and Facebook updates so make sure you’re our friend on Facebook and check the blog regularly. It’s going to be a blast so come and be a part of it.
We're happy to announce that the winners of MARCH’S RAFFLE of the THREE (3) E-Z Squares are: local customer Ben Slayback; Stephen Skinner of Hingham, Ma; and Patrick Collins of Wilmington, NC!
This month we're raffling off some great Shaping tools: Flexpad Shaping Block and an E-Z Finish Shaping Pad to ONE lucky customer. All you have to be entered is spend at least $30.00 in the shop or online. The winner will be announced at the beginning of May in our newsletter and on our blog. Happy raffling!