When the folks at Duke University's Nicholas Foundation asked me to come up with a board to present to Bill Reilly during a recent board meeting, it was only natural that I created a board that fit his values. Bill's had a lifelong commitment to oceans, having most recently led President Obama's commission to investigate the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Bill helped create the EPA, ran the World Wildlife Fund for years and now chairs the boards of companies as well as green causes.
The board I put together used Marko Foam's E blank, a blank made with 100% recycled styrofoam, Entropy's Super Sap BioResin, a 40% biobased epoxy, and fins from FCS's GreenFlex project. Put them together and you have a board that is mindful, green, and environmentally aware.
Bill was stoked to get the board, said he had a pretty big pond at his place to try the board out before he hits the ocean. I'm thinking consulting on a wave pool and private surf lessons might have to be put on the agenda at the next "board" meeting.
Here's your chance to get an insane board for the simple purchase of a raffle ticket at this weekend's Big Stick LogJam.
April 28-29th, 2012. Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz
Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) is proud to announce the Logjam! 2012, the longest running "old boards, no cords" surfing competition is back at Pleasure Point for two days of amazing surfing action on vintage boards from the 1960's.
At 9'6" x 16 1/2 x 23 3/4 x 14 1/2, this glider is a real rider. Inspired by the man, Skip Frye, this board is a symphony of bottom contours and foiled rails.
The boys at Handcrafted really outdid themselves with perfect cut laps and flawless resin work.
Simply put, this board would go into my personal quiver but also, this one gets chalked up to community service.
Everyone needs a surf buddy, someone who gets you amped and fired up to go surfing. Good surf buddies are always planning the next go out. They tell you when you're ripping and bring you back down to earth when you're kooking. And mostly a good surf buddy is someone you can hoot for when they're scoring good waves.
Richie Schmidt, photo by Jerry Miller
Ben Coffey, photo by Neal Swanson www.nealswansonphotography.com
Richie and Ben kick the new year off using the buddy system to it's fullest.