While quite a few of my friends in the industry are singing the blues about not having enough work, or they are spending a good amount of time crying in their beer about how China took all the work away...... okay guys, yadda, yadda, yadda........ I just look at them and figure I'm not gonna join their pity party.
The fact remains that growing a successful business IS a challenge, but it is also a fact that there are literally MILLIONS of surfers in this world, and a good amount of them are willing to pay for surfing equipment they really want. That has me packing and shipping all over the globe. Some guys are not lucky enough to be close to a shop like SPYDER near Bordeaux, or SUNSET SURF SHACK in Montauk, or SATURDAY'S in NYC, Japan & OZ, or MOLLUSK in Venice & SF....... or even have access to my super glitzy private label sticks at AVIATOR NATION in Laguna, Venice, Malibu, Manhatan Beach and SF......
Okay okay....... so here's a little info showing what things cost to get 4 longboards & 5 shorties to Montauk (Invoice at the bottom). Then there's also a lengthy run down on what it costs to get ONE surfboard to Lisbon Portugal. In the last few weeks, my shipping agent has run quotes for Norway, Greece, Germany, and Hawaii among other places.
So the bottom line is......... instead of crying in my beer, I GO OUT AND GET IT......... that is how you succeed.... you EARN it!
Here is the LIS breakdown to the LIS airport.
BASE 39 KGS
TOTAL USD DOOR TO LIS AIRPORT ONLY
.....or busting it loose applies too.
Here's some closeups on the finished Private Label for Sunset Surf Shack located in Montauk NY..... these ship out today, and will take about a week to arrive. the pintailed on is a Mini Noserider with pretty deep nose concave that is blended out the back. They wanted some Plain Jane/VM styled shortboards, longboards, and some mid range fun shapes to round out a group of 14. The lighting on these came out kind of weird..... makes them look like the tail end is yellowing..... I took the shots in my living room & I guess the lighting in there "pre-yellowed" them for me...... gee, thanks, lol.
The other Fowler labeled one is my "Original" - which is the 'original' formula I called Fountain of Youth Model some 27 years back that has prompted my current label....
If it's slow here, it's busy somewhere...
I sent a 6 footer to Norway about a month ago....... wondering how she's doing and what kinda rides she's had with her new owner.
I think about 'my babies' going all over the place and having diverse & interesting lives.
....if boards could talk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoGVZkwXb18&feature=share
Joshua's 7'2"x20-1/4"x2-3/4". The board has cut lapped Volan glassing for that 70's retro vibe. A timeless shape for an accomplished young surfer wanting a solid barrel rider with fast trim and smooth glide.
I opted for a 7.5" :L Flex pivot fin, which is ideal for full pintails. This Volan fin has the perfect flex for Joshua's new stick! A Greenough IV-A was a consideration, a good one at that, however, when I compared them for this board, the more vertical, less base L Flex was the call.
Lately I've had more interest in the Diamond Tail as surfers look to add to their quivers. Instead of the board just being a v machine/plain jane with a different tail outline, I have evolved this board into a distinctly different design.
What if a "V8" and a v machine had a baby? So that made sense to me..... something that would fit in between a "V8" and the "PJ/VM" collection. This is Rick P.'s new 6'8"x21-3/4"x2-11/16". He rides Quads a lot, but also 3 fins.
I shaped a sharp, defined, deeper vee thru the tail section. Like the "V8" I foiled out the panel vee that meets the tail rail & deck line for maximum release of water coming off the tail block.
The front end is very flat with a nudge more nose rocker for late take offs and vert maneuvers.
The exaggerated diamond tail snips a full 2" of rail length off the board's overall wheelbase.
I can feel how fast this board is going go!
When we were little we used to dream about flying cars...... then everyone had one on the cartoon show "The Jetsons".
Some day we thought, had to imagine, but some day.
That day is HERE! (Be sure to click on the VIDEO)
It's all a matter of perspective...
I Am Torquato added a new photo.
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Fowler Twins - similar yet different — with Michael Torquato DeNicola and Bruce Fowler.