George`s energy has always been directed forward. He`s quite happily focused on what`s next, not with what was. With or without publicity, his wide-ranging curiousity and innovations have continued unabated. He`s definitely not one-dimensional. Regarding the media coverage surrounding him over the years, it`s been fickle, sometimes inaccurate and even deceptive. Unfortunately, most surfers who`re interested in learning about George and his projects have few vantage points from which to sift through any of this. On a personal level, George makes good use of his answering machine to screen out the unwelcome... and he`s a great bullshit detector. The many stories, insights, images and artifacts shared through his network of long-time friends including Charlie Coffee, Bob Duncan, Stan Pleskunas, Chuck Ames, Michael Cundith, Peter McGuire, Boyd Kellner, Warren Pfeiffer are invaluable. Yes, a well-documented look at his musings, drawings, and equipment would be a wonderful idea. The closest to that goal is the International Surfing Museum`s current exhibit, "George Greenough, Beyond Surfing".
Dave, George is in the ocean almost everyday, surfing junk waves or not. On mat or sailboard. Photo, filming, fishing. He spends little time documenting his works of design. He shares, gives away and throws away. Hates to write and type. No internet connection or email address. His historically significant kneeboards are in the possession of others. He prefers to ride custom, high end surf mats. "he lives about a hour down the road from us... so do tell me where i can find more actual facts about him and his creations!" Make a phone call, go visit.
Get your hands on Brian Taylor`s "State of S" video documentary when it comes out... "Working out distribution as we speak. Looks like it will be pretty widely available, knock on wood... Hopefully in stores by end of year, doing research on timing and window for sales." http://www.12milesout.com/client/eternal.php http://www.12milesout.com/client/eternal.php
If anyone knows George Greenough best and has had EXTENSIVE contact/exchange with him (design-wise, etc.) it has to be Paul Gross!!! He alone has the most access, most contact, remains truest to things Greenough created decades ago. So what if all that energy is used looking backward? What`s wrong with that? Paul Gross has also written great articles in The Surfer`s Journal about GG over the past years. Are you trying to insinuate that Paul Gross is a blood-sucking media lamprey??? Why shouldn`t PG take all the information he wants from GG and fame-by-association?? Sure when he was attacked here in is this petty little message board he sulked away in protest. What did you expect him to do? Leaving Swaylocks and cutting off his internet connection made perfect sense for someone of his genius!!!!!!
With friends like you two, who in the hell needs enemies?