We’re stoked to announce San Juan, Puerto Rico as the next spot on our Musarity tour, a series of art & music happenings hosted by independent surf shops and restaurants to showcase local talent in the surf community.
The event is open to the public and will take place on June 26th between 5 and 10 p.m. at Prros Locos on Calle Loíza with live music by Moncho D, Banjo, and Orteez. In place of a cover charge, Eidon asks that all those who come by bring 1 can of food (or another non-perishable food item) as a donation to a local charity.
The first 50 guests to bring a can of food will receive a special Eidon giveaway.
We’re glad to announce that the Musarity Tour will be heading to The Good Bar in Long Beach, CA this Thursday, February 25th.
The event will showcase the work of local artists such as Steffan Attardo, Mark Nisbet, Steve Fawley and Ignacio Villanueva, and musical guests include DJ Justin Reynolds, VAVAK and The Absynth Quartet who are driving down from Humboltd for the shin dig.
Admission is 1 can of food per person to be donated to the Long Beach rescue Mission.
Hey kids! It’s that time of year again when we pack up and head down to Orlando, Florida for the SURF EXPO show. Come by to say hi and check out our 2016 collection of tees, board shorts, walk shorts, and women’s swimsuits and bikinis. Hope to see you all there!
This week kicks off the EIDON Musarity tour at Icons of Surf in San Clemente on June 25th and there’s a lot to be excited about.
Eidon is a small brand whose foundation is based on close partnerships with independent surf shops, and because we incorporate photography and art in so much of what we do, we’ve partnered up with 5 California surf shops and a bunch of great painters, illustrators and photographers, to co-host a series art & music events that gives back to the community.
The events will feature artwork and photography from the likes of Mark McInnis, Matt Wignall, Ryan Bryant, Aaron Dorff, Matt Obrien and Kevin Ginther, and all evenings will be kept musical thanks to live performances by Ray Barbee who was kind enough to support us by performing throughout the entire Musarity Tour.
Guests will be asked to bring at least one can of food (or any other type of non-perishable and nourishing food item) and all donations will be given to a local charity of the store’s choice.
Musarity Tour event dates & locations:
June 25th: Icons of Surf, San Clemente
June 26th: Hobie Surf Shop, Laguna
June 27th: Kanvas by Katin, Surfside
June 29th: Homegrown Surf Shop, Ventura
June 30th: J7 Surfboards, Santa Barbara
He started Surfer mag. He made Surf Fever, and created the now iconic font that graced its first promotional posters. His pantings and illustrations have been called the original surf art. And he’s spent more than 50 years trying to keep things real in the world of wave riders. How much more could John Severson possibly give to the surf scene?
At least one more book, apparently.
One of the biggest, baddest grandaddies of them all, Severson has just launched his new book, simply titled John Severson’s SURF, this month. Spanning Severson’s decades in the scene, and including tons of his surf artwork and photos, the book is both a dedication to and memoir from one of the single most important people the sport has ever known. And in that respect, it’s bound to become required reading for anyone who’s passionate about surfing.
Severson started surfing all the way back in the mid 1950s, when, after being drafted by the army and stationed in Oahu, he was ordered to join the Army surf team. After that, he soon went on to pursue the sport of his own free will.
By 1961, he’d already put out the classic movie ‘Surf Fever,’ and was routinely writing, illustrating and doing photography for a magazine he’d started to promote the film. Then called The Surfer, the magazine lost the “The” somewhere along the way, and is now known only as Surfer, the first and foremost in surf publishing.
Despite how well Severson managed to do for himself, though, he never let the success turn him square. He’s big on keeping the surf scene genuine, having at one point called out the Beach Boys for their “shameless appropriation” of the culture. That’s not because he’s a hater, or anything. Quite the contrary – Severson keeps it real because he loves surf.
“As for the art,” he has said, “I don’t paint for critics and always felt that to do that was not getting closer to your heart or, in my case, my love of the ocean. I live my life on my own terms and paint with a passion for something that is quite incredible on this planet. Waves.”
Perth in Western Australia has enough sharks to give most surfers pause. In the past three years alone, the area’s coastline saw six human deaths from shark attacks — the highest incidence in the world. So a local company thought it would do something about it. Their solution? A new breed of anti-shark wetsuits that keep big jaws from chomping.
Based in Perth, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (or SAMS for short) was founded when Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson approached some of the experts at the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Oceans Institute with an idea they’d been mulling over for wetsuits that would act either as camouflage or as a warning when sharks approached.
The first of these two revolutionary suits is a black and white striped style designed for surfers and intended to give sharks a warning that says “I’m not food, so stay away.” Dubbed the “Diverter,” it’s made for murkier water and takes its design cues from animal biology. As Hamish and Jolly noted, pilot fish, which spend much of their lives around sharks (usually without getting eaten) have obvious black and white stripes.
Meanwhile, humans have long been using the pilot fish’s technique, with some Pacific Island tribes traditionally painting themselves with black and white bands to ward off sharks. More recently, marine biologist Dr Walter Starck and environmentalist Dr Harry Butler have been advocating black banding on wetsuits as a shark deterrent.
The second of the SAMS suits, a blue style designed for divers called the “Eluder,” works as a “cryptic” wetsuit to hide the wearer rather than make them look threatening.
The idea itself is so nifty that SAMS wetsuits, while still not on the market, have already won the prestigious 2014 ISPO award for best new sportswear product. Oh, and did we mention the wetsuit patterns themselves were created by famous surf designer Ray Smith?
That all sounds real nice, you may be thinking, but how do the SAMS suits stand up against sharks in real life? So far so good, actually. In tests where a container of shark bait was covered with the same material used in either wetsuit, sharks spotted but kept away from bait covered in the banded “Diverter” pattern, and could smell but not find the container covered in the blue “Eluder” motif. On top of the experiment results, the concept for either pattern is also backed up by tons of research conducted at UWA, which included using complex computer modelling to figure out exactly how shark eyes see.
The SAMS suits aren’t available quite yet, though the company has just signed its first licensing agreement with a manufacturer, so you should be able to get your hands on your own anti-shark wetsuit soon. Jaws won’t be happy about that, but surfers and divers will.
Two big construction projects currently underway in the UK could completely change the face of surfing. Thanks to recent technology, a couple of new inland surfing centers are slated to open in Snowdonia and Bristol, not only making surfing possible where it once wasn’t, but also allowing for an unheard of predictability of waves. Each of the sites will essentially consist of a large man-made inland lake featuring artificial (and highly consistent) waves.
Using Wavegarden’s wave generation system, Surf Snowdonia is promising to have world-class waves on-demand once the site opens in early summer 2015. “Revolutionary Wavegarden technology means that 1.9m high perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 200 m with a 1 minute frequency can now be created at the touch of a button,” reads a section on their website. That’s over 6′ of wave. Meanwhile, The Wave in Bristol is looking to produce waves at least 5′ tall.
What such big (and regular) waves could mean for the sport is something that’s never been possible before — olympic status. Though over 23 million people surf, surfing has never been an Olympic sport, largely because, as The Guardian puts it, “only a few countries boast consistently good surf, and even they cannot guarantee to deliver during an Olympics.”
But is all that even something surfers actually want? For us at Eidon, our motto’s always been “live, travel, surf,” and we think that’s a philosophy shared by many in the scene. Lots of people would rather see the world and feel a real connection with the ocean than ride artificial waves on an inland lake. And for many more, olympic goal just isn’t the goal.
It begs the question, are these massive construction projects happening because surfers want them? Or is this just a way for corporations to cash in, with the surfing centers eventually going to waste? And if sites like those at Bristol and Snowdonia do work out, are they going to attract the right people, or just turn surfing into a gimmick, something tourists can check off their list of things to do on vacation?
In the opposite view, centers like these could help grow the sport, bringing surfing to people from all over the world, not just those who are lucky enough to live where there’s great natural surf. Or, as Aussie surfer Dimity Stoyle said in interview, they could help ease some of the traffic in more popular surf spots: “I think it would open it up to a lot more people around the world and it would probably help the current situation in Queensland where surfing is getting so popular it’s a little bit out of control.”
Likewise, International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre thinks inland surf centers mark a new beginning for the sport, saying in interview that “surfing no longer has geographical restrictions,” and that “we can host world-class surfing competitions with waves that are always consistent, powerful and publicly available. Surfing can now aspire to become a part of the Olympic Games and other multi-sport events.”
And for what it’s worth, the people behind the surf centers themselves think it’s for the best. Nick Hounsfield, co-founder of the Bristol site The Wave made a point of telling The Guardian that his center “will not be a middle class playground,” and that it’s “not intended to be a fake, plastic imitation of the ocean.” Rather, he hopes The Wave and other inland surf centers will make surfing even better:
“There is a lot of pressure on surf spots around the globe. Sometimes hundreds, possibly thousands, in the water, and half-decent surfers can’t get waves.”
Still, it’s an iffy call as to whether we should be stoked about surfing at these new venues or not. What’s your take? Let us know in the comments section.
Move over Kardashians, the world has a new celebrity whose name starts with a K, and he’s way more athletic, loveable, and (let’s face it) useful than any of you will ever be. So it’s not really all that important that he’s not actually human.
Meet Kama, the surfing pig. Or maybe you already have, since he’s already a huge star. Born in Bellows Beach, Hawaii, Kama started surfing when he was just a piglet. But he’s come a long way since then, getting the attention of local and national media, along with his own Instagram account. He’s even scored sponsorship deals that have netted him free surfboards, clothes, and a GoPro, while, this year, his likeness made it onto the 2014 Honolulu Film Festival poster.
As with the best origin stories, Kama’s is a zero to hero tale. Kama first met his guardian, Kai Holt, when he wandered onto Holt’s campsite in late 2013. Holt soon figured out that the piglet was an orphan and decided to keep him, naming him Kamapua’a (Kama for short) after the hog-man fertility god of Hawaiian mythology.
Not long after, back at home, Kama fell into Holt’s swimming pool. Though Holt was surprised that pigs could even swim, it turned out that Kama took to the water like a fish. And, when Holt headed down to the beach with Kama and a stand up paddle board, Kama tackled the waves like a pro.
These days, Kama’s managing bigger waves than any other pig has done; a Hawaii News Now story cites a surfing pig in new Zealand, but says he’s only riding ankle slappers. Kama, on the other hand, is no stranger to bigger surf and the wipeouts that come with it, which he just shrugs off like any old pro.
Even with all the recent attention, though, Kama’s managed to stay humble. He still leads a quiet life with the other animals on Holt’s farm, and keeps his bonds of friendship with Holt strong, following him everywhere. Kama also keeps his diet clean and vegetarian, so he won’t get too heavy for a board. And aside from surfing, he doesn’t put on any human airs.
In the end, Kama’s just a simple pig who likes to surf, and that’s what people love about him. “You know surfing is Hawaii’s gift to the world. It’s like true happiness,” Holt says. “That’s what this guy does. Everywhere he goes he just makes people smile and laugh. He just brings joy to the world.
Most surfers would say they care about the environment. After all, nature is a big part of the sport and the culture. But while most people in the surf scene do have a pretty admirable environmental conscience, there’s one bad habit that can’t really be ignored — the boards.
Aside from wooden boards (and the woods used in surfboards aren’t usually rapidly renewable) most surfboards are made from toxic foam plastics. Add to that the fact that the average lifespan of a board isn’t all that long. So, what happens after a few good months, or at best years, when a polyurethane or polystyrene board finally gets kicked to the curb? Well, it certainly doesn’t turn into compost.
Thanks to Ecovative, though, a new, more eco-friendly surfboard may be coming your way soon. In fact, it’s probably being grown as we speak. That’s right, grown, because instead of toxic foams, The New York-based company is building its surfboards, fins and handplanks out of a completely new, completely sustainable material that’s mostly mushrooms.
Not strictly a surfboard maker, the company developed its eco-friendly Mycelium material to replace all types of expanded foam plastics, like the styrofoam used in packaging. Essentially a glue made from fungus roots, Ecovative uses Mycelium to bind plant-based materials (usually crop waste like plant stalks and seed husks) into the finished product.
The result is a super strong material that floats and repels water just as effectively as the foam plastics typically used to make surfboards, fins and handplanks, except that these mushroom-based products won’t create toxic waste like plastics do. Meanwhile, Mycelium boards are about as easy to patch as ordinary boards, and don’t need any special supplies to repair. Bio-based and biodegradable, Myco Foam is the closest we’ve come so far to a truly sustainable board, especially if it’s glassed with eco-friendly resin.
So, where can you get your own surfboard made from mushrooms? As yet, you can’t. But Ecovative says it’s currently “collaborating with the industry’s top surfboard manufacturers and shapers” to get their boards out there. Hopefully that happens soon, since riding waves on ‘shrooms is something we’ve always wanted to try.
Check out Ecovative and learn more about their sustainable Mycelium plastic alternatives at theirwebsite here.
Not everything’s bigger in Texas. When it comes to the Lone Star State’s surf scene, Texans just have to make do with something a little more modest than what you’d find in surf meccas like Hawaii or California. Even the waves themselves are on the small side most of the time. But as Surf Texas, a new photography book from Kenny Braun shows us, size isn’t everything.
Published this year with a foreword by Texas-based writer Stephen Harrigan, Surf Texas is a cool and stark new photo essay that looks at what it’s like to be a surfer in Texas. Spoilers: it’s not super easy.
Sure, the state lays claim to a pretty sizeable stretch of the Gulf Coast, with its coastline spanning from Galveston to South Padre. And, yeah, its shores do sometimes serve up some beautiful surf, but that’s by no means a given. Finding a good wave is a slow, unsure business, and as a result, Texas’ surfers have to be patient, devoted, and a little used to disappointment.
That quiet, downbeat, vibe is all over Braun’s Surf Texas, with what Harrigan describes in the foreword as “something altogether different, a somewhat journalistic black and white chronicle that presents surfing not as high adventure but as dogged pursuit.”
Here, you get lonely landscapes and shots of hauntingly calm, glassy water that’s dark as ink at night. That’s not to say that Braun’s photos can’t also be beautiful, or that they don’t capture the bursts of energy that must come with catching the kind of great surf that’s more elusive in Texas.
But, with Surf Texas, you do get the feeling of something harder, slower, and sometimes even a little sad — a totally different side to the pursuit of surfing, but one that’s definitely worth checking out.