Kaimanu will be presenting at the Salt of the Earth Surfing Conference at the University of California Santa Cruz on November 2. The conference is being put on by folks at the university to cover the changing aspects of surfboard technology and the cultural diasporas of surfing. Should be interesting and it will be full of many different people. Its an honor to be a guest speaker.
Got the latest cover of Euro Mag Beach Brother from a session last October down the street from my house in Grover Beach…Really nice quality magazine glossy print and printed in French, German, and Portuguese…Chris Burkhard photo…stoked
Recent Custom Boards for Summer 2013
5’6″ Agave/Redwood/Hemp 6’5″ Grouch for Jake Davi
5’7″ Agave/Redwood/Hemp Fish 5’11″ Brofessional 5’11″ Paddilac
6’0″ StepDown 5’7″ FishStick
Here’s a shot taken by Chris Burkhard and featured on SurferMag.com
Cayucos Pier on my 5’6″ Agave Gemini Twinni, I have shaped 2 more of these and been milling up stalks with friend and legend surfer Ryan Blackburn at his wood shop. These boards are available for custom order for anyone who wants one of these magic surfboards…grown not made!
Surfline featured the Central Coast on the latest edition of Shaper’s Alley. Much respect and inspiration from the fellow shaper’s here in San Luis Obispo County as well as legends Dave Parmenter and PJ Wahl for laying down the foundations and my Pops for showing me the way.
The waves were once again beautiful for the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Event held in Lincoln City, Oregon February 2, 2013. It was the 3rd stop on this year’s Big Wave World Tour and the event shined with perfect 20 foot waves. I rode my 10 foot board that I built to paddle in to larger open ocean big waves and it worked well especially the extra paddling capacity it carried with the full rails, enabling me to move around with the heavy currents and large lineup. The board was hemp and 6 oz glass with handmade redwood fins 2+1 setup and a redwood tail-block. The board broke on my last wave of the swell right before the final getting detonated on the inside section in the late afternoon side shore conditions. I ended up swimming around looking for the top 2/3 of my board as I was left with the tail and wasn’t about to ditch it. I found it after 15 minutes floating in seafoam between the outer reef and the beach break half a mile offshore. I then spent another 20 minutes getting sucked back into the impact zone with no one to come grab me until finally someone saw me and radioed from shore to the water safety. Thanks to that board as it got myself and a few friends some memorable rides through several years and many big wave sessions. The board finally broke but not from a bad grass job! The latest model is on the shaping rack as we speak and the big wave board fire is lit under my planer…
Photos courtesy of Gwynne Jackson (a nice lady who was watching the event…no relation!)
The proposed seismic testing off the Central California coast off of Morro Bay, CA has been stopped by surfers, activists and the Coastal Commission. It was a huge success story prooving WE CAN protect our coast from mega corporations. Big shout outs to all those involved to create a precedent to ban seismic testing in marine rich environments and pristine coastlines. Mahalo!
Kaimanu was featured in the August issue of High Times magazine in the Buzz section. They interviewed me about hemp surfboards and we talked about hemp and what it means for a sustainable society. Of course High Times is primarily a magazine about medical marijuana they also advocate hemp and its many uses. Check it.