My mate Mike turned me onto this exquisite, impossibly well-crafted piece of filmmaking. Unbelievably, it's an entirely computer generated piece, put together by one very gifted & dedicated human being. The filmmaker, Alex Roman, has not only conceived this short film, but he's also been responsible for its modelling, texturing, illumination, rendering, postproduction, editing, sound design & orchestration. It'll take a while to download but it's worth the wait, believe me. Pure, stunning, gorgeous inspiration.
My friend Dave Platt is a master board restorer. Personally, I reckon his work is world class. He breathes new life into old, forgotten, given-up-for-dead-well-beyond-their-used-by-date-surfcraft. Anyone who has had a go at restoring surfboards or even just repaired a few significant dings will appreciate how much time & energy is involved in such activities. Dave can turn trash into treasure, yet - importantly - he isn't especially interested in wall hangers. Dave's more passionate about restoring old wave sliding toys to an image of their old glory, & then returning them to the sea. It's all about giving new purpose to neglected broken things. It has been a true joy to ride several-decades-old-surfboards that Dave has restored, to feel again fresh trimlines that once were experienced beneath other, distant feet; generations ago. Sure, I am aware that I am a hopeless romantic; but I love riding old surfboards, if only to pay homage to those surfers who rode before me, & to taste those feelings that they must have so savoured so long ago.
If you, like me, are interested in such things, check the progress of Dave's restorations here & check his behind the scenes activities here.
Dear mates Mike, Lisa & baby Annika have come all the way from Nova Scotia to stay with us for the summer. I gave Mike an alaia blank that I got from Tom Wegener & he's just finished making his first ever surfboard. I'm sure it won't be his last. There's nothing in the world quite like riding your own handmade wave sliding toy. Good times.
I made a new promotional short for my mate Sage Joske. The first Valla Promo we did covered the different fish models that Sage is making, & gave a fairly comprehensive description of the charcteristics of each. For this promo, we wanted to showcase the fish again, but also the other designs Sage has been working on, including logs, alaias & the alaia/fish hybrid Sage has dubbed the Vector. Basically, we wanted to just show how well the boards are working & how much fun the lads are having riding them.