Friday, January 27, 2012

pig surfing in texas...and the dead kooks!

i don't know if it's 'cause my roots are out of texas, or what...but these off shore chocolate milk gulf days speak to me. thank you Robby for reaching out! robby sent the pictures below to me via Hey Mike, Thought I would share: Here are some shots from yesterday in Port Aransas, Texas taken by I was riding my 9’4” flexpig I got from Gene. I’m having a complete blast riding a pig board! Couldn’t be happier. Thanks for all the information on your site. My best, Robby

Eden of DEAD KOOKS sent me this batch of stoke below via mike, hows things. Hope you're enjoying your winter up there. I've been flat out with plenty of new sleds, i've just finished a new one that may just tickle your fancy. anyway have a look and hope you like. EDEN.
yeah EDEN! i like!!! SUPER CLEAN!!! the clean shit!!!!

adam weathered took the surfing photos!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

250!!!!!...and the obligatory hodge podge!!!!

i have an obsession with the piglet. fortunately for me and other piglet enthusiast there exist matt calvani. matt is a skilled craftsman and a devotee of tradition , yet understands tomorrow exist. below is my upcoming surfcraft. currently it is glassed. holy FEE-YUUUCCCCKKKK!!!
i sent matt the below image of my desired finish after he had sent me the shaped blank pic. you have to love that!!!!!
lately i have been working on some crazy mathematics projects. i am more stoked on surfing than ever. however as far as the internet is has been more about mathematics than pigs. hence my delay as of late. be that as it may... here is a wee slice of my surf lab. there is yeah-er-auld ( my alpaca sheleighleigh), and spike (my first buck killed and ate on 12/ 22 / 91 off hand - one shot in kinney county, Texas).
jesse sent me this via Was going to send some epic pig shots of town jetty today but camera went in the drink never to be seen again. Still dig reading the stuff you put up keep it up man. Instead of the pics you might enjoy this.

Take it easy man, Jess

cheers Jess! that video makes me think of this one:

andy sent me this via Hi Mike, Picked this Royal 9’4 pig today...shaped when he lived over here...sweet eh ? Cheers, Ed
yeah! rob royal is a resin wizard!!!!

gannet sent me this via
Hey Mr Black,Took this pic while on a break from cold Vicco waters @ Lennox Head. Purist will gasp in horror but I'm having a ball on this 10 ft plastic CJ Nelson with a Captain Fins "D". Its all about the ride. Great site keep it up, Gannet
i've been to this point. the whole time i was wishing i had my pig. i love to see pix like this!!!

thank all you 250 for the support!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


this pic was posted on bing's facebook page. mr. copeland had this to say about it: "This is what happens when you don't put your boards in their bags at night..."
and so was this... you see , this isn't the type of aesthetic i would think of for a pig...however, after spending days drooling over it...the conclusion is drawn. perfection.

al norte!

my esteemed colleague in the stoke mining department sent me this via Hey Gnar, me and the special lady friend have been surfing a lot and just got back from a three day backpack surf trip to Catalina. had you in mind when i took some of these photos, or rather when Naomi took them. I may or may not have been channeling a little Gnar Gnar. found this garden pig and trail 70 on the same block......... found the tube and a broken foot on the same wave. Blast it! Johnny


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


i came across this picture in the LIFE archives. this picture grabbed my attention. it reminds me of a little wave i surfed a tremendous amount in Nosara. nothing particularly special about the wave, but a fun little wave popping off a rock (somewhat reminiscent of our beloved north l.a. county spot "sequit") . crowded. the wave in Nosara was surfed by twice this many short boarders all hoping to be kelly one day. i think i'd prefer to share this wave with these dudes, and the dory!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


i poached sliders today with a buddy and his brother (who now i would consider a buddy too!). my buddy Eric rode my feral pig, while i rode another board of mine. the board i was riding felt like it had and anchor attached to its skeg. where as Eric with his D fin was projecting out of bottom tuns, getting some nice curl shoots, and getting some cut backs all the way to the beach!!! i have no pics of the session. as if some nuance of sliders point came into my "smart phone" and said "ye shall NOT record!!!!". in other words, my camera would not activate. i mean , my phone , while at sliders would not take photos today . as soon as i left sliders it was good to go. CLASSIC. either way, i was stoked to get some salt water in me blood. stoked to share some sliders with a buddy.
the photo above was poached from Eric's blog.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


turns out there has been some swell in the water.
Gregory Pearson sent me his latest creation. A tweak of a "dora" template I am told. looking BEAUTIFUL.

nicked the top photo from the late sc's site.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Greek pig!!!!

Othon (otto) Mentis and I exchanged a few emails via

hey mike it's otto the guy from greece who's making the pig!! hope everything is going fine! finally yesterday we finished shaping the board and it's a beauty!!! there's one more question i want to ask you.. you think is better to put a glass on fin or a finbox? my problem is that the tail is almost excactly the same thickness as the fin box and i m gonna get an extra inch from the glassing... so maybe me and my friend think it might be better to put a glass on fin ( i dont remember the dimension of the tail it's 7 o'clock in the morning and i 've been drinking Crazy) you think that the extra one inch could brake the whole tail if i crash anything with the fin??? the truth is i prefer the fin box in case of travelling
anyway i hope i made any sence!



I understand how nice a box is for traveling, but ask yourself how much you travel. If you aren't traveling that much I'd go with the glass on. Glass on is strong and classic.



Hey mike! We finally made it! HA! And it's super fun i love it! It turns good and it noserides. Man thanx a lot you 've been very helpfull we wouldn't be able to do it right if it wasn't you!
So here are some pictures of the pig in and out of the water!!

FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post like this humble me.

Sunday, January 1, 2012