Monthly Archives: August 2013

004 – Shapers Series: The Untold Story of Tom Parrish

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This episode is sponsored by US Blanks.

This episode is sponsored by US Blanks.

From working with Gerry Lopez during the Lightning Bolt era to co-founding one of the 5 major surfwear brands to abandoning the surf industry to practice law, Tom Parrish is one surfing’s most mysterious figures. He solidified his legacy with the iconic boards he crafted during the 70’s but then disappeared from the surf media’s eye for more than 2 decades. Very little can be found about Tom’s work and whereabout after the early 80’s, expect for his website which indicates that he’s been shaping boards for the past few years in Maui. That’s where I found him and where we spent the day together discussing his life and career.

Tom Parrish’s Website TPSurf.com or email him at tom@tpsurf.com

Tom Parrish with his North Shore quiver circa 1978.

Tom Parrish with his North Shore quiver circa 1978.

Tom Parrish with Jeff Hakman in the shaping room.

Tom Parrish with Jeff Hakman in the shaping room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.

Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.

 

A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.

A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Parrish with Tim Stamps at Stamps Surfboards in August 2013.

Tom Parrish with Tim Stamps at Stamps Surfboards in August 2013.

Tom shaping a "Thank You" board for Tim for allowing him to use his shaping bay. August 2013.

Tom shaping a “Thank You” board for Tim for allowing him to use his shaping bay. August 2013.

003 – The Art & Business of Surf Photography

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I can think of few art forms that are more valuable to me than Surf Photography. It has shaped my Episode 3 - The Art & Business of Surf Photographylife and continues to do so daily. It is perhaps the most difficult and underpaid way to make a living with a camera. Two photographer’s whose work has influenced, provoked, and inspired me most are Aaron Chang & Morgan Maassen. Aaron represents the old guard, the pioneer, and the trailblazer of the digital revolution. Morgan, on the other hand represents the youth, fast pace and perhaps some of the glamour that comes with modern surf stardom. He, too is a trailblazer but of this modern era of social media that we are currently experiencing. Both their stories share many parallels, but none more significant than their intense love and passion for this sport of surfing. In this episode we discuss the art & business of surf photography.

AARON CHANGAaronChang.com

Surf Splendor Host David Scales with Aaron Chang in his gallery in Solana Beach.

Surf Splendor Host David Scales with Aaron Chang in his gallery in Solana Beach.

 

Doug Brown at Pipeline.

Surfing Magazine poster pullout of Doug Brown at Pipeline by Aaron Chang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch's Rock in Costa Rica from David's T-shirt.

Witch’s Rock in Costa Rica from David’s T-shirt.

Kelly and Makua from Aaron's Instagram

Kelly Slater with a young Makua Rothman on the beach at Backdoor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MORGAN MAASSENMorganMaassen.com

Host David Scales and Morgan Maassen

Host David Scales with photographer Morgan Maassen

This is first image that David recalls seeing of Morgan's.

The first image that David recalls seeing of Morgan’s. Trevor Gordon in the South Pacific.

Follow Morgan’s Dog on Instagram @Hamlyfe

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Seth de Roulet

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Trevor Moran (This year’s winner)

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