Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This "Mini Slider's" Crazier than a road lizard!

What we've got here is a "One of o' Kind" 8'6" Chris Christenson "Mini Slider", carved out of CLARK FOAM.
It's a one off, can't find it anywhere else but right up here at Mitch's Surf Shop in Solana Beach.
So listen up all you crackerjacks get on down here and pick it up

-The Juice

Monday, December 28, 2009

Slide into the NewYear like a mongoose in a hen house

Didn't get exactly what you wanted for christmas? take a all that cash you got and come down to mitch's and snag one of these sweet little wave sliders.

5'8" CAFE RACER hot dang competition orange

I picture my little baby Jesus wearin' a tuxedo T-shirt slidin down the face of a monster, screamin' Shake 'n Bake. On one of these super bad, Black 6'6" C-Units. Ohhh Yeah
Ahh dang look at this, 5'8" pumpkin seed by the man himself Michel Junod
this things sweet right here, I dont care who ya are

is loose

Monday, November 23, 2009

All A Board!!!

Bloggins atcha again....Hey folks hope everyone had their fill of turkey and family drama, word is that there was some pretty hot wave action over the holiday weekend, hope you all were able to escape the house and get some sliding in. I've been trippin for a week up here in the Nevada land, (Tryptophanin that is...) the turkey and taters diet has taken hold and the leftovers are holding position in the fridge unwilling to dissipate. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone we can surely bet the Christmas mayhem will bless us in all kinds of stressful and uncanny ways. If you didn't get your fill last weekend come on in and gobble up one of these crisp new sticks we got in over the past week. The gents from Takayama and Kookbox both dropped bundles o' shred off for us. Got some dandee Kookbox diamond tail eggs and oddly unique twin fins as well as some real nice Takayama In the Pinks, an EGG 2 and a Scorpion. Like I said Christmas is coming and tis the season to do random, unexplainable, and downright wonderful things like buying someone you fancy a fancy new surfin board! We now also officially have all of our winter steamers in and ready for the call of duty. Stop on by the website or the shop in Solana or La Jolla for some gift idears or just some surf conversation and maybe an energy drink (please take one....) Be thankful! Until next time, stay surfy surflings. -Kenny B-
New rendition of the Kookbox laminate, it's got slash marks cause yer gonna be slashin on this thing man......
Three Kookbox Diamond Tail Eggs lookin pretty swell here, 8' purple people eater, 7'10 Half n Half and a 7'8 Red with blue bottom. Smaller versions of Joel's classic long board template but still with enough volume throughout to float King Kong.

Here's the slasher again, glass on tall full rake twin fins with sanded finish. Something fishy is going on here......

Twin pins, diamond pins, swallow twins, Siamese twins we got em all down here at Mitch's. No job, no credit, no problem. We finance anybody, if you can speak and have a name come on down!!!

More candid moments with our fishy friends down here, these are diamond tail twin fins. Sanded finish with glass on fins, no kooky boxes here..... just kooky box boards.

Under bellies of some one of a kind surfin sleds, sure to be a good time in San Diego surf. Specially if yer surfing the trashy north county bank walls we get so often. Foam is your friend.

Twin pin and friend. These guys deserve to be in the water, come be a humanasurfatarian and take one of these with you for a dip. Almost maybe guaranteed to work really well.

This here beautiful contraption is a 7'2" Takayama Egg 2. Flo egg style rails with a slight bevel and thinly foiled tail. Flatter entry rocker and bottom into a highly pronounced V in the tail. If you don't want a fish and you don't want a long board than I don't know what you want. You probably want this board but just don't know it yet. Come see, I dare you. Re-evaluate your impression of a full rail turn.

Rail to rail this thing should be sharp and alert with the option of riding one fin for lift and trim or three for power and hold. If you want a board for most everything this could be a great choice.

This here is also an all around rider for those riders who want lots of padalability and also want something that responds really well off the tail. A bit flatter in the nose than the Egg2 as well as wider enabling access to the nasal passage in certain circumstances. As far as hold in steep surf this board will impress even the most tubular of bros.

The scorpion also has a significant V in the tail which makes rail to rail transitions quite satisfying for such a wide board. With such a pulled in tail and fluid rail line this template is one of the fastest sticks around.

In the Pink room? In the Pink Panther? In the Pinky Toe? Never was quite sure what Donald named this board after or about but it most definitely is one of the most popular all around longboards in the world. We sell more In the Pinks than any other board we carry. Surf head high Oceanside and do off the lips and ride the curl, then head on down to Pipes and dangle your flanges for a bit. These things will do it all.

Yellow top and blue bottom make green rails!

All the pinks come with a single fin box accompanied by fcs buttons. Pop in the side fins for carvage or pull em out for that good ol' fashioned single fin longboard pivot turn. It's like a magic carpet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kenny gets deep....

Well howdy there blogsters, Kenny Bloggins coming at you live from my inland chemotherapy treatment center as I'm being intravenously infused with harsher drugs than you could get on any sketchy dark Tijuana back alley. This place is about as far from surf thought or culture as I could find myself other than a camel ride in the Sahara. It's really mind jogging stuff seeing how many people's lives are intertwined with cancer and chemotherapy. People come back here two and three times to try to save their own life. Here I am sketching this morning about getting my IV put in while the lady next to me is on her third round of chemo and the nurse has tried about eight times to find her vein for an IV as tears roll down her weathered cheeks. This situation is such a mind opener, life deals up so many wicked hands and so many unjust situations it makes me feel grateful for every moment I ever had sliding with my friends or rolling on my skateboard. I'm seeing people that have had diseases and disabilities that have halted their once common life into an everyday uphill battle. I read the Lance Armstrong book a couple weeks ago and one of the things a fellow cancer survivor told Lance was "we're the lucky ones, you don't think so right now but you'll know after all of this." I can see that as clear as the water at Swamis in September, even at this stage in my episode. This is the most intoxicating and utterly raw way to take notice of yourself, life, nutrition and gratitude for every person and experience we're so lucky to have. In this mind state there are no kooks; hip styles, lousy surf conditions, elite surf clicks, premium boards, fancy surf rigs, ego trips, rippers, trippers, or more rightful surfers than others. We're all disillusioned in the pursuit of FUN on these glorified water sleds as we dance the surface of the ocean, trying to exude our self expression and obtain feelings that are so self centered and utterly unimportant that the thought of all the negative energy and self righteous elitism that our surf culture breeds is down right embarrassing to the tune of the real world. Give away a wave for me and all the other dampened souls in this oncology center. Thanks for listening, hope that wasn't to heavy for a supposed janky surf shop blog. Kenny B- Got the anticipated Mike Peterson film in the other day. A cinematic insight into a tripped out, hippy granola eatin', drug filled, globe trotting, ubur-ripping progressive life of one of surfing's most elusive and misunderstood surf icons. Pop it in, sip somethin and enjoy the ride.

Got some new foamy rip riders from the folks over at INT. Some of these have future fin set ups enabling some real performance ride traits like that of a poly board. 4'11" blackball beater shown here could be bodacious as a permanent ding free device for the bed of your truck or something to divert your out of town visitors away from your nice quiver with.

Hot graphics for a hot little shredster. This might even be a rad little travel board as it would be relatively safe from the baggage apes that seem to have a talent for blowing out boards.

Here's two 5'1o" fishies at $300, one with Future and the other with the traditional soft board plastic screw type fins which are much more flexy and soft for those novice out of towners.

5'10" Decks, Squishy and wax free, think of all the dollar bills you could save on buying wax. Blue one is equipped with Futures.

7' Blue and 8' Yellow $375 , these are the quintessential surf devices for anyone just learning. Super safe and resilient, stable and surprising well surfing. You would be surprised how fun these are, they can really be an enticing option on those wierd little days especially when someone else you know is riding one as well. (i.e. board transfers, trim battles, shoot outs, etc.)

And the 9 footer $400, the king of stability and the proven teacher of the decade.

This here is Micah Wood and one of his 100% handcrafted surfboards he brought on into the shop for us. Micah is a real nice young gentleman with that natural craftsman talent that will most surely make him a standout board maker in years to come. Swing buy and take a gander at what this young lad is capable of, this here is a 9'9" traditional 50/50 single fin log. Nice work Micah.

I wood love to have one of those fine sleds I tell you what.

Also new in the shop are more hand made, recycled material totes by Peace by Piece. These are fine quality carriers made by a lovely lady in Leucadia. Tote in style young toters

More fine works of bag, she has a knack for finding killer materials at the thrift and fabric stores. Patterns that degree holding, fashion savvy, corporate surf company designers will likely not be envisioning for years to come if not ever. This is artsy, soulful individuality handed to you in a handbag.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Falling into place....

Hola Amigos, the fall season is undoubtedly coming to a close as we all wait anxiously for the evident decision to be made as to whether we will be heavily weathered or not from the El Nino.
We got the roof fixed at the shop in anticipation for months of soggy splendor. Tuned up the garden real nice with some solid rations and stocked the cabinet full of coffee. As I said last post all of our new winter neoprene and geoprene has arrived and though we may see warmer than normal mid winter temps you will undeniably be in a wetsuit, why not be in a lightweight freshy that makes these possible epic winter sessions that much more enjoyable. New 101 fins are here, if you haven't seen, held, or surfed these things let me tell you what. Eliminating fin weight on any board is progressive, especially on a quad, adding flex to a fin can change your idea of a turn entirely. On the flip side keeping stiffness can be a crucial demand for quad and thruster sets in which bamboo has proven viable. These new longboard fins are built to last and are much more environmentally sound than others. 101 bamboo fins are surely to be a staple in the surfriding world from here on out. Flexy, strong, Stiff, Lightweight and Nice Looking. Find the characteristics you need for your steed. Blab atcha soon, Kenny B

2nd Annual Zombie surf session at George's Beach Friday Oct. 31st!!! Keep your eyes out for slow crossing pedestrians on the coast hwy. There should be some creepy trim figures gliding through the water and a whole lotta coffin rides for certain. This is sure to be a hell of a time! Don't kill yourself! Go grab some old cryptic rags throw em over your wetsuit, maybe dash yourself with corn syrup and white zinc and go shred dead! All dead and undead invited, zombie garb be delighted.

Oceanside doing it's magical fall dance here, one of the best places to be on the coast in the fall if you can just so happen to fall into place here at the right time. Often one of the most tubular of breaks around during it's showing times and with enough punch to give you a nice pummeling, which can be really refreshing after a summer of riding north county slup banks.

The garden was fully exasperated by the end of September with only a few haggard tomaters hanging on. Our amazing build something outta nothing, plant a forest outta dirt green thumb all pro shop guy Billy has replanted a splendiferous assortment for the winter. Broccoli, Red onion, Carrot, Garlic, and Romaine Lechuga will hopefully give us shop kids some wholesome natural nourishment to keep our carcasses scrambling for those hefty winter bombs.
Got some bamboo skegs sprouting in the succulents, looking pristine and healthy. This here an integral part to any bonzer surf shape. 6.5" 101 Bamboo Bonzer template $99
8.5" Longboard Wide Template nicely developed for those slightly shorter logs with 2+1 setups for big guys looking for hold or lighter pilots looking for an all around single. $109
9" Flex could be quintessential for one's adored hull or singlefin. Virtually no fin weight in the tail and a snaptastic flexibility range will make your old fin feel tired. $109 ( note: below is 9" flex and above is 9" Narrow. sorry bout that.)
9" Longboard Narrow. Ample flex and uber light. Less tip volume and rake make this a really maneuverable diverse choice those surfing mostly tail to center in 2-5' longboard surf. $109
9" Longboard has a fuller body throughout, a wider tip and more sweep. Great all around fin for surfsters who surf off the tail and get to the front to dangle piggies. Will work great in steeper and faster surf as well. $109

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bloggins back to work.....

New 09 Matuse Fullsuits have arrived and have been renovated with some new design work and re-enforcement areas to make a great suit even better. These suits don't hold water like their predecessors ensuring your catlike reflexes will not be bogged down, these are closed cell limestone based rubber armor suits that are proven toasty warm, ultra flexy and bad to the bone. Available 3/2, 4/3 at the shop and 5/4 hooded upon request. This 5/4 Tuma is proven efficient in Alaska, Canada, and other really cold places.

New boots for them shiverin little flanges that need some quality coverage, after all dem little buddies are your control units that help execute those hot moves.
Brian Hilbers brought down some really neat Finelines for us on his way to Sacred Craft. All of which are full bellied thin rail hulls that ensure incredible lift and states of trim that can be so foreign and euphoric and so enjoyably unpredictable that they may cause quiver abandonment. Here is a 6'4" MP purple tint square tail and a 6'1 GB. Both come equipped with custom foiled and designed side bites to give you a little extra control and hold for those roundy rails.
The MP will surf better off the tail as far as agility and quicker maneuvering adjustments where the GB will offer a larger planing area throughout provoking more drawn straighter lines.

5'11 p-38 Hull fish, I mean what can you say that hull fish doesn't. Turns like a Suzuki Samurai off the tail glides like a Towncar in trim. This is the swallow tail model known as the Dirty Sanchez.

5'9" P-38. Glass on 101 Bamboo Fins. Custard nasal region with burnt orange back end.
All of the Finelines have really fine price points, all these boards are in the six hundred range which as you know is less than most these days. The price tags say nothing about the quality, craftsmanship and design integrity of these sticks. Do yourself a favor.

Whoa.........It's been awhile since my last posting, sorry about that there eh. Well you know those things in life that you hear about and think "how could that have happened to them," or "that would never happen to me," the bizarre mind glitching stories about crazy and rotten things happening to the least expecting of people. Well, I've had the inconceivable awakening to be one of those people and it's opened some mental doors that could and probably would have stayed locked for a very long time if not otherwise been put in this situation. The reality that real life twists can wake a person up really f@#!in fast from the daily innocent ignorance of the good life has come into full wide screen view in the past couple weeks. Unfortunately I have had to move my Bloggins headquarters out of state and I now officially have my own oncologist. Let's just leave it at that, explaining the three week delay on an update for you folks. My surf life at this point feels like a little kid peering into a snow globe dreaming of the magical winter wonderland, only my globe is a computer screen with surf report photos and swell charts. This ramble is not unlike the other hundred million stories written with the message of taking life day by day and living every moment to the fullest and it feels a bit self righteous and awkward as I plunk on these keys but when your in a situation like this, as so many others have been in, it feels like it's your duty to remind people to open up and take a hard look at the things we take for granted every day, especially getting to enter the ocean as a playground. What we surfers get to do is so unique and utterly organic it really epitomizes the theme of be here now, on the other hand it's so easily lost in ego trips, paddle battles and lineup crowding that sometimes the whole thing feels like driving in traffic. Well, the waves in my life don't involve any water these days and it hasn't been calm and glassy here for quite awhile, so the next time you feel like you're sitting in traffic wherever you are, remember there's a lot of people out there just like me who would give anything to be sitting right there with you. Thanks for listening, Kenny B