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big wednesday at the point

(via Almond Surfboards)

Newport Beach, CA – August 27, 2014

Last Wednesday (why is it always “Big Wednesday”?) saw one of the biggest swells Newport Beach has experienced in the last 20 years. Aside from the sheer size of waves, the more exciting part proved to be their shape and ride-ability – leaving some to draw comparisons with Pipeline in Hawaii.

While I can’t speak to it’s relativity to the world renowned break on the north shore of Oahu, I can tell you that my wife and I watched from the beach on Wednesday morning, jaws dropped. It was one of the most impressive swells I have ever seen, and it instilled in us a further appreciation for where we live, as well as a healthy fear of the power Mother Nature holds.

Thanks to Thomas Green for capturing this Big Wednesday at the Point in Newport Beach.

big wednesday at the point

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interview: dave allee of almond surfboards

Dave Allee of Almond Surfboards - Cool Hunting
(via Cool Hunting)

Craftsmanship. Design. Life.

This month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend Dave Allee of Almond Surfboards (owner & founder). We talked about brand, the intentionality they bring to every aspect of their design, and the importance of not defining life by surfing alone. However, one of my biggest takeaways from our conversation was learning his thought process for defining a niche and sticking to it. Or to sum it up… not trying to be all things to all people.

I think there is something for everyone in this short interview. Read the snippet below and feel free to read the entire article over on CoolHunting.com via the link provided. Beyond our philosophical meanderings, I also took the time to order myself a brand new Almond longboard. More on that to come…


How does [the idea of craftsmanship] play out in your brand?
We want our surfboards to be a small representation of a bigger need in humanity to have that sense of collaborative effort and accomplishment and common purpose. The ability to say, at the end of the day, this is what I made.

That’s why we do T-shirts with blue prints of boards on it. Honoring craftspeople of all types. The reality is, I know a lot of surfers that are incredibly talented in a lot of different areas. I like to think that the fact that we are surfers is not the thing that is the most interesting things about us. Professionals of all types are also surfers. In actuality, we are spending a few minutes a week riding a wave and hopefully we are spending the rest of our time doing significant or substantial things.

Dave Allee of Almond Surfboards - Shop

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the wedge – newport beach, ca

This video does an amazing job capturing the beauty and the terror brought about by a big swell at The Wedge Newport Beach, CA. This spot is minutes away from my house and is a frequent bike ride my wife and I take to watch it even on a small day.

Needless to say, these types of waves don’t come often but it’s a reminder of the power the ocean contains every time they do.

{via Almond Surfboards & Designs}

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yoki shop


I love this store and the people behind it. – – Visit Yoki Shop – –

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my lovely wife


In our backyard.

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