Check out our article in this year's DEEP Magazine Board Buyer's Guide! Much thanks goes out to Andres Nuno and Shawn Tracht (www.surfwanderer.com) for the incredible article. You can go directly to DEEP's webpage to check out the article here: http://www.mirabelsmagazinecentral.com/digitaledition/index.html?id=ef48ce3d-7c0f-494f-bf99-5fa2a295e322
Thanks again to Rommel and Edgar from Tumboverde (www.tumboverde.com) for coming up and putting together this neat little video of Team Third World at this year's Rincon Invitational benefit event put on by the Groundswell Society (www.groundswellsociety.org)! Always a blast!
Welcome to our new website! It's taken us years of surfboard design and months of web building to put this baby together. This blog contains photos I've taken since 2000, this is the first time I've published most of this, and there is still more that hasn't been posted yet. We hope you're stoked on it as much as we are and hope you come back often for updates and new photos. Come surf the world with us, join our family, and contact us soon for your next board, I look forward to building it with you!
In 2003 four close friends since childhood went on a 40-day surftrek to Peru. With busses, trains, taxis, and tents, we covered 80% of peru's coastline, traveling from south of Punta Hermosa to halfway up Ecuador. On our way back down we stopped off at Cusco and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was an amazing trip and It was also sort of a surf-trip reunion for Max, Nick, Joe and I who grew up together on surfaris to Baja in high school. We all hope to go again someday, Peru is an amazing place to visit, and is simply a wave machine. But it's not just the waves - the people, history, culture and ruins made 40 days not enough to experience all that Peru has to offer. I made it a point to photog the whole trip, I used an old Minolta camera with a light meter, with either high speed black and white film or Velvia slide film. This is the first time I've published these pictures. They really evoke the spirit of why I came back from this trip and changed the name of my surfboard label to the Third World Surf Company.
In the Spring of 2009 my good friends had the foresight to book a week at the Salani Surf Resort. This was my first ever 'surf resort' to ever visit...and man it was incredible if you can afford it. The people working there are hired from village around it so the resort definitely supports the locals. The huts, frequent boat rides out, and the food was top notch - certainly not what I'm used to on a surf trip! The next year the Tsunami that hit Japan also wiped the entire resort off it's peninsula in the river. Since members of the resort were checking the surf at 6AM that morning, they saw the tide run out to sea and realized what was going on. They were able to alert everyone in the entire village to get to high ground, and as a result, no one was injured in their village or the resort. Since then they've rebuilt, so if you're looking for a worthy place to spend your money, support the locals, and get shacked - check out the Salani Surf Resort located on the island of Savaii, Western Samoa. www.salanisurfresort.com
Here's the video of Team Third World Surf Co. at the 7th Annual Rincon Invitational. Another great little video by Rommel and Edgar from Tumboverde, thanks guys! In addition to my amazing cast of team riders, we got my daughter Kaia to catch a couple waves with us along with my dog, Maca :) You'd be surprised how much fun it is to wave-share on little Rincon waves, it's always a blast, as you can see by the look on everyone's faces that they're hooked!
For more info on the Groundswell Society and this event, visit: http://groundswellsociety.org/
In my early 20's, I would work part time as a carpenter in NorCal, then use that money to build 20+ custom orders for my first surf team. I'd then pile them all into my '89 Toyota SR4 and make the 40 hour trek down to them - all the way to Nayarit, Mexico. The town these exceptional surfers live in is Sayulita, just 30 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. The surfshop, owned by Pepe DeAnda, was the Sunset Surfshop. Afterwards we'd head another 20 hours south to Michoacán and Guerrero for some jucier surf. These are photos I've taken of what is now known as the Sunset Deliveries. Five round-trips, driving deep into Mainland Mexico from Central California loaded full of handshaped surfboards for some of Mexico's most talented surfers.
When I was 20 years old, I graduated from the Marine Diving Technologies program at SBCC, and right after was on a plane headed for Tonga, for what was to be 6 months of sailing through the southern South Pacific. I shaped myself a 6-1 fish hybrid and a 7-0 Pintail for the trip and scored some unforgettable sessions. When I arrived in Tonga, I got working passage to Fiji aboard a 40ft sailboat, and later in Samoa on a 35' Warram Catamaran. For the remaining 4 months I sailed on the Kalamari with Ben and Skipper Mark, two Kiwi surfers my age. We spent our time sailing, fishing, and looking for surf. I had an incredible and humbling journey with them as we sailed from Samoa to Fiji and then all the way down to New Zealand. In South Pacific cultures, the hook is for good luck. I got my love for Mauri art on this trip and is why it's embedded in my logo. This really was the first time I started taking pictures, so please excuse the quality! All I had was a $20 disposable water camera and later an old-school steel Minolta 35mm camera I picked up in Viti Levu. Ever thought about sailing the South Pacific? GO, just do it! Everything will fall into place with a positive and respectful attitude. Oh, and don't forget to be safe and respectful of the Tongaloa!
In 2013, Shawn Tracht from Deep Magazine requested a unique board for one of his Board Trachting articles. He was looking for a more high performance Mini-Simmons design, something that he could shred on but didn't surf like a heavy bar of soap. Below are pictures taken as I worked through the new design and custom airbrush, then you'll see photos of it being surfed. No mods needed, we nailed it right out the gate on this model, this board surfs amazing and really is the only fish I've been surfing in the last year, it's so addicting!
Check out our video of Team Third World Surf Co. at the 6th Annual Rincon Invitational made by the guys at Tumbo Verde - Thanks Rommel and Edgar for putting this together for us! And thank you Glenn Hening with the Groundswell Society for the invitation to participate, it's always the funnest session we have all year! This is a wave-sharing benefit event where each team tries to share each wave with as many of their team members at the same time, 10 people per team.
For more information about the Groundswell Society, please visit: http://groundswellsociety.org/
I joined the Huntington Beach crew on an epic trip to Bali some time ago, here's the pictures that Dai and I took while surfing, traveling the countryside, and visiting nearby islands. There's really nothing like Bali, it's culture or it's waves. It has such a mystic vibe about it, what an amazing island.
In 2008 I returned to Puerto Rico for the first time since 1996. For this trip, I brought one of my dear friends, Brian Pascoe, along for the ride. This trip was nostalgic for me as I made sure to visit all the places I grew up in from when I was 8 to 14 years old. While visiting my old stomping grounds we made sure to surf where there were waves, and as usual, I brought my camera along so enjoy the slide show!
Ambassadors BP and Ana do well to embody and pass on the spirit of Third World Surf Co. Check out this amazing slide show full of photos from their life with our boards the past year. The photos were taken by both Brian and Ana and I'll let them speak for themselves. Saludos!
Another earlier trip to Baja Norte. This point is a home away from home for us, we've been going here since we were 16 years old. This was something like trip #27 to this area.