Saturday, November 28, 2009

ventura and santa barbara...NICE!!!

gene shot this pic of me while i was watching david pu'u shoot chris vail surf a 10'7" c2 gun. 
hope everyone is having a nice thanksgiving. i am thankful for friends , family, and life.
check out the shot of CHRIS on this thing HERE (photo 20)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

cooperfish blackboard! its going to be SSIICCCKKKK!!!!

today i surfed rincon with some old friends and then went to gene's shop to shape the first prototype cooperfish blackboard. what a day! this board is coming together so beautifully. i am so lucky. i feel honored to have the life i do. "...need i say TITS!" 

ryan smith editor of SLIDE magazine showed up and shot these pix. thank you ryan! always nice to see you. GOOD EYE!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

children of the STOKE lend me your EAR!!!

"i surfed this planet 47 times and it aint SHIT! compared to planet C."

gene and I are shaping the fist prototype of the "cooperfish blackboard" tomorrow! NEED I SAY TITS!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jazz the glass ..i heard you #@(king SHRED!!

reminder reminder reminder  JAZZ THE GLASS premiers in COSTA MESA dec 12th
the above is our dvd cover. keep an eye out for it in the near future at your shop! 
a very special thanks to PRIMO BEER!! "get the grog READY!!"

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


my buddy Dan and I were surfing this spot one day. it is not on the mainland of California but it is in southern California (...hint, hint, wink . wink). this particular day we motored up and saw this wave crackin just so. I had my carson, dan was on a 10'2 malibu foil he calls "moose". He and I jumped off and paddled over there after we had smoked some ceremonial herbs. i was busy listening to the crinkling sounds the water made as I was paddling to the peak. once there we were elated. it was empty. a few people showed up. we were surfing the spot for about 3 hours with a light crowd. dan lost his board a few times and had to climb over the gnarliest barnacles to retrieve his board. i remember seeing that and feeling sick to my stomach just imagining it was me doing the swimming and the climbing. however, i don't think it was the imagining that had my stomach in knots. i think it was my need to defecate. eventually i stripped my wet suit and purged my bowls. everyone went in to eat and relax. i told dan i was going to stay out because the surf was so good. he decided to join me. we surfed for about another 1.5 hours. right when our buddies were going to jump back in to surf some more , a ton of people showed up to SSHHHRREEEDDD! dan and i were tired and our stoke had been accumulated. NICE!! it always felt like there was a shark just about to get us while we were out there.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

dano malibu art

my 10' dano hog at malibu. i have been going through old photos and what not. hence my seemingly random post.
below is a quilt design i made once.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

surf a pig, make a movie

surf a pig, make a movie, make other stuff too!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kyle Johnson piggin out

Kyle Johnson drew this thing up and sent it to me via How rad is that! Nice work!! Thank you so much for your contribution Kyle!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jazz the glass!!!

before jazz the glass we made INVASION! from planet C

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paul of Ireland's pig!

paul smith sent me this via this thing looks NICE! thank you for the contribution Paul. Please send some pics of this beautiful board being ridden.
" do the works on a pig. this included 2 Tulip wood stringers and a hd foam stringer, double tints, pinlines and gloss. the template was given to me by Bill Thrailkill and is from a 1958 Velzy pig"

all things glide

Daniel's gift.

daniel from Argentina sent this to me via i have no info on this board. It looks a lot like the surfboards australia I picked up at the cooperfish calendar auction. I have yet to shredd that board, but look forward to it in the near future. anyone know anything. the board looks rad daniel. i'd give it a go with the fin you have and try to make or get a D fin for it. you might have to replace the box. YOU ARE STOKED to get that as a gift. Thank you for the contribution!
"HI there ! My name is Daniel and I am from Argentina. First of all congrats on your blog, it is really amazing !!! I really love the pigs and the traditional surfing feels like. A couple of days ago, a friend of mine showed me an old board, it was a bilbo he bought 40 years ago. To me surprise, he gave it to me as a gift !!! It is not in mint condition, but I will try to restore it. However I am not familiar at all with this kind of construction. I do not know if it is made of PU, EPS, or what, with Poly or Epoxi, or if it is a hollow board ( in fact it sound like a hollow surfboard ). I would really appreciate if you could give me some info, especially re the construction ( I am attaching some pictures ) In spite if it is not a Pig, I promise to send some pictures, but in a better condition. Regards, Daniel"


stoked report had this on their site. thanks chris for bringing it to my attention!

Jazz the Glass premier INFO!!!

Hurley is hosting a screening for us in Costa Mesa CA, Dec 12th 2009 ...need I say TITS!!!

Jon Steele is hosting a screening for us in TEXAS!!

'COWBOY FROM HELL' Jon Steele's Surfer's Journal Texas Article Release Party!
Along with movie premiere Jazz The Glass & artshow with Christian Wach & Jon Steele
: Jon Steele has broken the taboo on surf publications for Texas!! On November 13, 14, and 15th Mr. Steele brings his Texas Article 'Cowboy From Hell' from the world renowned Surfer's Journal Magazine release party to Texas! Mr. Steele has teamed up with Mike Black and Stoke Films to also premiere the long anticipated 'Jazz the Glass' a pirated pirate surf movie. Traveling pro surfer's Christian Wach, Tommy Witt and Morgan Faulkner will be on hand signing autographs as well as displaying the very talented artist/surfer Christian Wach's Canvas Surfboard line. Touring with special musical guest Will Crum you will be able to hang out with the pros', enjoy some art and keep an eye out in the water as the group surf's their way through Texas.


Nov. 13th The Melrose Pub Galveston TX.

Nov. 14th House Of Rock Corpus Christi TX

Nov. 15th Padre Island Brewing Co. South Padre Island Texas

Monday, November 9, 2009

The light.

The Surfing Heritage has this picture on their site. This picture is beautiful. The light...both kinds of light....the kind the sun makes and the kind a feather has.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

balsa bill surfs a jp pig at a secret spot!

Andrew D brought this to my attention. Jim Phillips shaped this for Balsa Bill. Andrew said "This is a board Jim built a few years ago, before my pig, for Balsa Bill Yerkes.   Balsa Bill said this about it: "Surfing my Jim Phillips shaped squaretail made from a Clark heavy pour "classic" blank with a custom 3" balsa stringer and who should show up but Will Lucas with his video camera. I decided to intercut the video footage with some Super 8 film I shot from the board with my Nautica underwater movie camera."

old beater that Kai surfs

my buddy Ross of rincon sent me this via I love this. this board is LEGIT. boards like this used to get thrown into dumpsters back in the 70's and 80's. THANKS ROSS! godd on ya KAI!
"Yo Mike, Came across a neat pig the other day and thought I'd send it your way.  You may have seen it before, as it belongs to our friend Kai from San Clemente.  She scored it at Basham's and rides it regularly.  Judging solely by the looks of it, I remember the board being around 9'4"ish in length, sporting an opaque blue hotcoat with no logo, and delivering just the right dose of heavy.  Sorta reminded me of the Bing before she got cleaned up.  I wonder if there's a secret gem hiding under there? Hope all is well, looking forward to JTG!!  Take care amigo. -Ross"


gene cooper is a long time friend of mine. 12 years ago I met him out at rincon. i was in the middle of my graduate degree in pure mathematics. i told him i'd build him a web page. i did. later ...once in life...he said "mike you are one of the few people in my life that has actually done what they said they are going to do". that meant something to me. gene has LONG since known about my affinity towards surfboards that have the elements characteristic of a "pig". gene and I are collaborating on a design. hopefully anyone reading this knows gene's attention to detail and his craftsmanship chops. I have been raised on point breaks and cooperfish surfboards. we are going to try to honor tradition and function with this design. i post up pictures of this design as it comes to fruition.
gene's "surfboard only" page on face book

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


 matt wesson is switch foot in the curl and chad is pointing it out in this little clip from jazz the glass 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

info on an upcoming event!

my boy jon steele has been putin brush to paint in an effort to get ready for our upcoming premier. we have a date. this week we will be launching a media blitz giving interested people the heads up. we will be launching a new trailer too. "...need i say TITS!" this new trailer has cursing in it. " i am going to piss on you fockers because I drank 5 gallons of beer on my way over here!"