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068 – The Untold Story of Tom Parrish (Rebroadcast)

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This episode originally aired August 26, 2013.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

019 – Surf News, December 12th, 2013 with David Scales and Scott Bass

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David and Scott discuss the culture of the North Shore, a mid-Pipe Masters recap, the Surfer Poll awards and much more.

WELCOME TO PARADISE, NOW GO TO HELL

Welcome to Paradise

Eddie Rothman

Eddie Rothman

Kai “Borg” Garcia comes clean video.

SURFER POLL AWARDS

Link to all the winners and videos

Inertia Article about Rothman spitting on Sam George’s face.

PIPELINE MASTERS

Link to the Pipe Master’s Site

David’s Predicted Scenario

Round 5:

Heat 1: Ceej vs. Fanning (winner gets Yadin)

Heat 2: Nat vs. Jules (winner gets JJF)

Heat 3: Seabass vs Otts (winner gets Slater)

Heat 4: Jeremy vs Pupo (winner gets Joel)

My semifinal prediction:

Semi 1: Mick vs. JJF

Semi 2: Slater vs. Jeremy

Final: JJF vs. Kelly = JJF

DAVID’S RANT

Surf Video Mediocrity. Case and point . . .

DUKE AND KOOK

Duke: Frederico Moraiis for winning the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year and beating Kelly in Portugal to help create one of the most dramatic year-end showdowns in recent memory!

Frederico Moraiis

Photo by @SURFPortugal

Kook: The Triple Crown for not publicizing Frederico’s win. Perhaps they will at the end of the Pipe Masters.

MUST SEE MOMENT


BEST SONG EVER

David’s Pick

Scott’s Pick

015 – Aloha, Buttons

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This episode is dedicated to the memory of Montgomery Ernest Thomas Kaluhiokalani, better known as Buttons. The stories here within are told by his lifelong friends Mickey Nielsen, Allen Sarlo, Mike Garrett, Dan Bigelow, Sumo Sato, Duke Aipa, and Button’s brother Noble Kaluhiokalani.

Chris Mauro’s Article, “Why Buttons Was the Answer”

Buttons by Divine

Buttons by Jeff Divine, apologizing to friend whom he had accidentally burned. November, 1974.

Buttons by Morgan Maassen. November, 2012.

Buttons by Morgan Maassen. November, 2012.

Buttons by Merkel

Buttons by Dan Merkel

 

Buttons at Velzyland in 1976 by Jeff Divine.

Buttons at Velzyland in 1976 by Jeff Divine.

If you can help contribute to Button’s outstanding medical bills, please donate here.

 

013 – Shaun Tomson: A Candid Conversation About The Code

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David spends an hour with Shaun Tomson discussing his new book, The Code, and the events in his life that inspired its writing. Shaun opens up about the loss of his son Matthew, the importance of storytelling, and the design innovation that was the Pink Banana. Enjoy the show and please follow the links below to learn more about Shaun and his many contributions to surfing.

A History of Shaun Tomson on the Encyclopedia of Surfing

Shaun_79_Merkel

Bustin’ Down the Door (Documentary, produced by Shaun Tomson)

Purchase Shaun’s New Book The Code

ShaunTomson.com

011 – Shapers Series: Robert August & Charlie Smith

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This episode is sponsored by US Blanks

This episode is sponsored by US Blanks

David talks story with Robert August & Charlie Smith. Robert talks about his father’s relationship with Duke Kahanamoku, leaving school in pursuit of The Endless Summer, and shaping boards over the past 4 decades. Over in Maui, David sits down with Charlie Smith to hear about growing up on the beach at Haleiwa and how he transitioned from a world class surfer to a world class shaper.

ROBERT AUGUST

RobertAugust.com

WitchsRockSurfCamp.com

The Endless Summer

Robert August shaping a board during The Boardroom Show in October 2013.

Robert August shaping a board during The Boardroom Show in October 2013.

CHARLIE SMITH

Charlie Smith Portrait BW Larger

Charlie Smith, Maui, 2013

 

Charlie Smith's 1970's Waimea Gun shaped by Tom Parrish (in the background)

Charlie Smith’s 1970’s Waimea Gun shaped by Tom Parrish (in the background)

Close Up of Charlie's Waimea Gun

Close Up of Charlie’s Waimea Gun

 

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.

002 – Shaper’s Series: Eric Arakawa

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This episode is sponsored by US Blanks.

US Blanks is the world’s leading supplier of surfboard blanks.

I was excited to interview Eric Arakawa. I grew up watching Andy Irons shred on Eric’s boards and I knew that he was regarded as one of Hawaii’s finest shapers. I was surprised to learn that shaping surfboards has only been one facet of Eric’s career. He’s an astute entrepreneur who has woven a fine balance of continually shaping boards and growing several successful businesses. I spent a couple of days with Eric in March of 2013. Episode 2 - Eric ArakawaHe was recovering from a broken leg he suffered while surfing Laniakea. In December 2012 an unidentified surfer ran over Eric and the blunt force of his longboard broke Eric’s femur. When we met he was walking, regularly attending physical therapy, and expected to make a full recovery. This episode was recorded over the course of 2 hours in his shaping room at the Sugar Mill. I wasn’t mic’d so my audio isn’t ideal. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening.

Eric Arakawa Surfboards, The Sugar Mill, Waialua, Oahu. March, 2013.

Learn more about Eric at EricArakawaSurfboards.com