News from New England as Phileas shacks up with Mark Roger in Connecticut. Mark has been pretty under the weather of late but has found his fitness at just the right time it would seem:
"I'm feeling good and eyeing the surf forecast like a hawk for some rideable swell. Can't wait & really looking forward to getting Phileas in the water soon!
Attached are some photos that I took this weekend of Phileas with my wave sliding quiver of surfshapes. I've had a great time for the last couple of years exploring these alternative crafts here at home in New England, as well as on my international travels to more exotic (& warmer!) waves.
Wave sliding quiver (clockwise from Phileas):
Phileas - Needs no introduction
4th Gear Flyer Surf Mat - From Paul Gross in CA. Noticeable weight difference between this mat & Phileas (Phileas being lighter).
Paulownia Paipo Board - Handmade (by me!) under the watchful eye of master craftsman Jon Wegener & the Grain Surfboards crew in Maine this year
Bodysurfing Handplane - Handmade by Tyler, a great travel board.
Brownfish Bodysurfing Handplane - From Brownfish in SD County, CA. I've had this thing for years & years.....if this board could talk.....
Hawaiian Paipo Designs - Paipo board from Paul Lindbergh. I can't even begin to describe how fast these things go. Plenty of exploring left to do with this bad boy.
Handboard Sport V Model - Solid wood handboard from Kailua, HI
Hooking up with the Grain Surfboards crew and working with Jon Wegener in his wooden Paipo building class this fall has to be one of the highlights of my year. What an incredible group of folks to learn from and enjoy some Maine waves & hospitality.
Anyway, I hope that you're having a good week on the other side of the pond. I hope to have some surf photos of Phileas for you soon.
All we need now is the North Atlantic to play ball then. She’s done alright so far this winter so I’m hopeful.