Saturday, December 4, 2010

Making Waves....

This just made me sooooo stoked!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun Stuff

Tiger G Glassing rips!
One of these boards has (post censored due to sensitive North County surfing feelings at certain drama heavy locales, and the social proximity there to of-) .
Watch out for the Tiger...G.

What's This?

Crocodile rmod sunrise.
What's this?

Swarthow Jim has been perty darn busy lately. Luckily Juan Norte has a shapy room goin' on. A board a week has drained the funds. Slow it down,,,

Saturday, November 6, 2010


This thing is nuts man. Takayama Glass Slipper-ish 1 + 2 fin.
Somewhat rare in these parts. This one has quite the nose rocker.
When this came in I freaked out a little. Looked like it wanted to go to River Mouth of Death with me. Winter is about here and this board wants some.
Totally clean but wonderous resin tint by the mysterious Mr. Hoshizaki, plus army green will keep away any undesirables while you're gettin the sick ones. And it's 7'2, not too big, not too small.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloweenish Fins!! For your scary stick.

Thats right folks! Halloween is right around the corner and we have some Captain Fins that'll scare the daylights outta ya! We have scary graphics on fins for every stick and many more to choose from. So get down here to Mitch's Surf Shop in Solana Beach and get into something terrifying for your favorite board. There is something spooky in the water and I think its YOU!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Here Kitty Kitty

Here kitty Gato Heroi AKA Daggers!
This here kitty is 9'6.

This here kitty is one inch less.
That would be 9'5.
The last board posted left the next day, so theses here kitties may be running out the door.
Plus I think Nabe really likes them.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Is something rare if only one exists?
Infrequently occurring; uncommon.

In this case it's ONCE. Only once.
This was Christenson's LAST Walker blank. This is Christenson's ONLY 8'8 Simmons. That's pretty uncommon. More than rare. Will not happen again. One of a kind is what I mean.
Is it nice? Well, he really wanted to keep it for himself.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crappy Story......

Gets me every time.

It seems like it was just about the same time of year as it is now only a few years back. There was one of those choice high pressures holding over the coast while the lines where fetching from the south, pushing into shore with perfect power and posture . I had been surfing my tookus off and missing a whole lot of class most likely. I blew my fin off on my shin surfing D street or something and my other hot stick had snapped surfing Deemers the day prior. In need of some rocker and more than one fin I found myself having to ride a yellowing, duck-taped, ten pound piece of suck that I had dug out from the garage at my old house. I re-waxed it and put some stickers on it and told myself it would ride fine, if the waves are good enough you can ride anything right?

The next morning I peeled out of bed and rendezvoused in the kitchen with my roommate for some coffee as we quacked about the surf and the board I was riding. We were both a bit surfed out from the past three days of marathoning but there was still swell in the water and the wind was still on vacation so naturally we couldn't resist. We rolled down to the beach casually, thinking maybe we might not surf if it was just ok or if the tide was a bit off. As we pulled down onto the strand I was fumbling for my coffee or a cd or something and I hear mike's voice stumble, " HOLY SH!#!" My head snapped up quickly, half expecting to be ready to hit a cat or something and I look south toward Wisconsin and there's a hundred A frames all breaking at once as far as the eye can see. The sun was still new, casting its light gently across the face of each closing tunnel that was exploding on the sand. It was generously over head and at any moment you could see three to five black silhouettes tucking into their secret cavernous discoveries. Never before had or have I seen such perfect, precise and continuous beach break riddle the shore in SD county (I don't surf Blacks that much). There was an endless swirl of foam and whitewater on the inside and the first fifty feet off the surface of the ocean was a glowing, foggy mist. It was as if there was a marine layer just at the coast but it was just the watery shrapnel from each fanning lip and crashing eruption of the thousand waves that had already lived and died that morning. THE SURF WAS GANGBUSTERS!

Now, I don't exactly know how sheer excitement and a little bit of fearful adrenaline stimulate the nerves in your stomach, namely the ones directly in charge of getting rid of what you ate the meal before but mine sure as hell go bonkers when the surf is good. When the surf is firing I feel like every second I'm not in the water is like three minutes long, every stop sign is like five o clock traffic and I'm just about willing to park on some one's lawn and pay the towing bill later if I have to. On this morning we were lucky enough to cram Mike's truck into a spot right on the Pacific St. and he was getting shacked before I even found my wetsuit, he's one of those guys that does everything fast. As I'm frantically pulling on my wetsuit my stomach is frantically trying to tell me there is an emergency drop off that needs to be made asap or something very bad may happen! Confused and anxious as all hell I can not see or think of a single place within a reasonable distance to let out the beast that's knocking on the door louder and LOUDER! The surf is freaking going off and to make matters worse I see Mike take off on a bomb and disappear behind a giant shimmering curtain. AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! With my brain clouded and all reasonable judgement disabled I spot a semi secluded corner near some dumpsters at the a base of one of the beachfront apartment units. There was no choice at that point, I was either going to having one big, ugly unwanted scene on the sidewalk in the middle of the bustling morning passersby and surf checkers or I was going to be a rotten SOB and let this thing lose next to those dumpsters. The choice was made and after twenty two seconds of rip roaring relief I was FREE! I'm scrambling back across the parking lot toward the truck when I hear " HEY! What the F@#& were you doing over there?!" I crank my head back and see a haggard dude in a robe with a cup of coffee in his hand up on the balcony staring down at me with the look of death, willing to come down and snap my neck but much too lazy and fat. I say, "nothin" as I continue, hastening my jog I think to myself "holy sh#!".......literally! With residual adrenaline from the dumpster incident and a new shot from being called out I'm kind of smiling, a little shaky and more eager than ever to get in the water. I get back to the truck grab my rad board from the back and start jogging up the sidewalk, just as I'm going to cross the street an O'side Cop rounds the corner on the sidewalk. Staring right at me he yells, " HEY! YEAH YOU!STOP RIGHT THERE!" I bring my jog to an idle and my stomach drops in a new way, I'm totally busted! Just as I'm about to start fumbling some lame excuse out of my mouth the cop continues his glare right on over my shoulder as he marches right by me with his hand on his baton. WTF? I look behind me and see a token o'side strand crankster walking up the sidewalk behind me as the cops overpower him in their questionable jock-like way. I cross the street as my legs are ready to give out from so many mixed signals of stoke, fear, adrenaline and disbelief. I finally make it out to line up and see Mikey out there shaking his head with a smile like the Cheshire Cat as he points down the way to someone getting drained. I shake my head with a smile just as big but it's not the waves I'm buzzing about. I surfed for a solid three hours that day on my yellowing piece of suck, pulling into some really nice rooms and getting absolutely destroyed on every single one of em'. I like to think I surfed like crap on one of the best days I've ever been out because of my board, but maybe it was because I suck in general, or maybe just maybe it was the sh!##y experience I had that morning that threw me off. Still don't know. -Bloggins-

Friday, September 10, 2010

Matuse #2

This is the scene where it went down. Last night while closing the shop, I threw my Matuse #2 out the door to this area in front of the shop. I then grabbed two boards and set them down next to the wetsuit. Finished locking up and got ready to go home.
I'm not sure what happened previously. I don't think Matuse #2 has seen Matuse #1 since the fiasco on the freeway, therefore they would'nt have talked about the mini vacation #1 took. This leads me to believe #2 read my post about the freeway, which is hard to believe because he has been in my truck and out surfing these past few days. So now I'm wondering if #2 has telepathy abilities, mind reading, etc. Either way, I think there must have been some kind of a jealousy issue going on with the two suits.
It appears that #2 also needed some time away. Unloading the truck at home last night I had a very familiar feeling that I had just recently. My Matuse #2 was nowhere to be seen. How did I not see it lying next to the two boards? Did it hide? Does my vision cut out after a hard day at the shop? Is it a chameleon? Maybe an octopus? Somehow #2 got wind of #1's night in the streets and just had to try it out-fair enough. This time I knew exactly where he was staying that night, so it would be an easy find in the morning.
On the way to surf DMRMOD I stopped at Mitch's to pick up my delinquent wetsuit. Much to my dismay, #2 was gone. Yep, good karma gone bad. Now if it was a chameleon, I guess he could have walked somewhere. But we all know that a Matuse wetsuit is not a chameleon. The only option I can think of is somebody picked up my #2 for reasons I will never understand. I mean I pee in that thing at LEAST 4 times per session.....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


...wetsuits are not here yet-end of september. But they are really good suits. Check this out-
Surfing Sunday night. Tried out the Joe B. 5'8 Simster quad. InSaNe off the line speed, but
thats another story. Had a few cool ones on the beach after the sesh. Head over to the
local pub for a burger and some pints. Hang the Matuse full suit on the tailgate of my truck.
Kevin puts his long board in the truck, covering the suit. Time to go, move the board over
but don't even notice the wetsuit. (darn pints) Take the freeway from Solana to La Costa ave.
Unload all the boards and gear, but where is the Matuse? Call Kev to see if it's in the parking lot. No dice. Totally bummed. Favorite wetsuit ever. Wake up early to surf the next day, with
missing Matuse heavy on my mind. Drive to the pub parking lot, no dice. Roll up Lomas to I-5,
still, nothing. Bummer. Surf check says eddy is back strong, surf is blown to bits. Double turds.
Heading home with my tail between my legs. I spot a small black pile on the side of the freeway-NO WAY! Matuse! Back track to the on ramp where it was seen. Pull right up to it
and get out. Car goes by BLARING the horn and I get the look of death. I politely wave with
my middle finger high. Go around the front of the truck to re-unite with Matuse, and, it's,
a DIRTY SWEATSHIRT! AAAHHHRRRGGGG. Rat farts. Back down the road, headed home. I
think thats three bummers so far. Oh well. Guess I'll go back to bed. What's that? Another
unknown black pile of who knows what on the side of the freeway. By now I'm at Leucadia
Blvd. "That's got to be it." Super braking stop to quick reverse. "I think I see taped seems!"
Jump out and there she is. Miles down the road. Surely run over by at least a few cars. Some
road dirt and a small hole in the ankle is the only damage. SO PSYCHED! Matuse is back! I
guess she wanted a taste of the streets, or just to get away for a night. So if you have been
spending a little too much time with your Matuse, maybe she needs to get away for a bit.
But don't worry cause Matuse is built FREEWAY TOUGH!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Skinny...

on these wide boards is fun/speed. Thats right, I said it-Fun/speed.
If you have not tried, you do not know. Fun/speed is the way to go.
Twins, tris, quads, anyting you want, ANYTING.
ORIGINAL Mini-Simmons by Joe Baugess are in no way bogus. Solamente
real deal.
5'4 quad, 5'6 quad and tri, 5'8 quad and tri. Twins 5'10, 6'2, 6'4.
Free T-shirt with board purchase, eh? Si mi hermanos, si.
Hand shaped-hand delivered by this guy. Thanks Joe!
Premium EPS cores by White Hot Foam.These go really fast in the water
and out the door. They're HOT! White Hot! Get 'em while....they.....
are.....still here? OK, thats enough.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Holy Crap Cap'

Captain fins made a long awaited fin delivery to the shop. Unfortunately we only received about an 1/8th of the order so these things might be hard to come by real soon. So uh, for now we will just play with em until you buy em.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Josh Hall at Micheal Miller's

Josh is a tease. Showing us a little color of the new Eagle rails that are coming. Keep your eyes posted for when they fly into our shop.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pavel + Ice 9 = The "Pisces"

Yeah, yeah, yeah so I made the name up, but I'm creative like that. Sorry the blog has blown it for a week, but I heard lake Erie had a mean wind swell so I made the trip. Well, it blew, but that's about it. While the week passed Rich Pavel finished up a one of a kind long board for us here at Mitch's.
If you know about Pavel then you know that only his hand-shaped boards receive hand drawn logos on em. The art states "Sursum Corda", which in Greek it translates into "Let us lift our hearts". Pretty cool little touch that Rich slayed down on this one.
So why name it the Pisces? Um, the "P" stands for Pavel, and it was made of ice 9. Put the two together and "The Pisces" was created. Some say that the name is derived from constellation of the Zodiac, but I'm pretty sure my reasoning is correct and that Astrologist don't know dunk.
I mean Rich was around when Steve Lis made the fish, and Rich is credited for putting four fins on a fish. Take a look at "The Pisces" Rich said lets put four fins on it like he did here with this board, Um, can you say "Pisces"? To even further back up my reasoning look at the Latin translation of Pisces. It means "Fish". It all comes together. I'm right, Astrologist wrong.
Go ahead, talk to your local Astrologist. Ask em about what Pisces means. They'll probably mention something about two fish tails being tied together, which I would then further argue why the name fits this surfboard rather then some star constellation. That's why this board doesn't have a swallow tail, but can still have a name that means Fish.

Anyways, this thing is a one of a kind board from Rich Pavel. Ice nine dropped of this blank a ways back to show the public that they were capable of doing unique blank glue ups. Rich saw it and got creative. 9'0 with Geppy quad glass-ons. She's a real beaut'

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This CC Slider needs a Rider

Hello again. Chris swung by and dropped off this new Slider the other day. We also have some more stuff coming that soon. New Detemple's, C-Unit's, and some Cafe Racers so be sure to tune back in to our blog if your too lazy to come into the store, or if you live in another country.
Summer is finally here along with its crappy waves. Long board is no longer the wrong board to have...

Friday, August 6, 2010

9'7 Hobie Reproduction: Circa '62

Mr. Cherry has been a long time customer of our shop, and we have always discussed how we would like to see one of his hand-shaped boards. John is a talented wood worker out of Southern California that we usually buy fins and different types of wooden tools from. This time the fin that he brought was attached to one of his fine boards for us to display at the shop. John not only builds boards, but can appreciate others that do the same. He is one of the only shapers that I have ever met that has actually bought another shapers board, because of his pure interest and love for the shape. (From us, off our rack, full retail. Had to cover my butt before all the old salts start complaining about that comment)
Here is what I'm talking about. John is also an avid collector and decided that he should build a board thats based off of this 1962 Hobie. The dimensions of this and the reproduction are exact, measuring in at 9'7 x 22 x 3 1/4. Same tail rocker is added to ensure a classic ride.
Take a close look at this. The stringer has one modern update, its chambered. He said it was a huge pain in the ass to do, but the difference in the weight was worth it. Originally started off as a solid 3" ultra-light balsa.
Close up of the chambers. Each one individually carved out by John. As you can see he is quite the craftsman completing every step of building the blank.
Forgot to mention that John also lowered the nose rocker a little. This is the blank pre-glue up.
glue up....
Shaped out of a 9'9B US Blank, green density.
This early 60's "D" fin is amazing. Made out of Jatoba, which is a type of Figureo Brazilian Cherry, I think. Johns probably gonna punch me in the lip if I got this wrong. Picture does it justice though. Keep your eyes open for the next issue of Slide magazine where this fin will be featured in an article that John could not go into much detail about.
Glass job was given to Micheal Miller Glassing down in San Diego. Double 6 deck and bottom with a Papaya tint and Resin Pin Lines. Micheal did a great job.
$1500, which is more than fair. It will be on our ceiling, but not for long. Thanks John for building such a fine piece of art.