Happy Valentine's Day!
If you’ve ever heard me jabber then you know how much I hate mid-length surfboards. Funboards, eggs, fatsters, kook rafts, floaties, yellow beanies… whatever they’re called, I hate. Hate very much and hate with a visceral blinding sort of hate.
To me the mid-length represents a giving up, a throwing in the towel, a capitulation to nature, age, crowds, weakness. Quitters ride mid-lengths. Rebels ride shortboards, high performance, fishy-hybrids, twins while shaking a balled up fist at destiny and yelling, “I will NOT be undone!”
At night, when no one is looking, I hide under the covers and scroll Instagram until I find Devon Howard’s profile then drool, playing this clip over and over and over and over until I’m in the throes of absolute ecstasy.
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I’m excited to share this new board with you. Join me next Wednesday, January 15 at @cisurfboards_sbstore for the unveiling of two new models for 2020: the CI Mid (shown here) and the Fish Beard. Going to be a fun night with some short videos on the boards, some design chit chat Q&A stuff with me, @parkercoffin and CI crew, raffle a new board, some food and beers. Doors open 6:30, starts at 7 pm. Possible outdoor screening if weather permits. I’ll be sharing a lot more details on this board next week and the ones that follow. In the meantime, this board isn’t really in one particular category so I’m going with modern midlength. This board is 6’10” and I’ll talk more on all its details later, but what was a huge surprise about this design was how well it boogied in smaller surf. I’ve found myself usually riding these sort of designs in head high plus surf (I’m 6’1”), but this does really well in waist high stuff, too. More on all this soon! Thanks again for everyone’s interest, stoke and support on this new board. Hope to see you next week. Clips by @g___r___a___n___t #ciSurfboards #ciMid
That is how I want to surf. The flow, the angles, the effortlessness.
The sun comes up in the morning, though, and I begin to rage again and hate. To hell with mid-length surfboards. It sets and I drool. This duel life almost too much to bear.
Well, as fate would hate it, Devon Howard swung by the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, California this morning looking better than ever. Hair slicked back but not greasy. Beard coming in gray. Skin hammered by the sun but in an enviable way. Eyes smiling.
Under his arm he carried the above board. A Channel Islands Mid.
David Lee, Devon and I chatted about this and that, about how Gerry Lopez likely destroyed surfing and Kelly Slater too, before getting down to the topic of mid-length surfboards.
My heart was pounding.
I told him to shove his beginner board, but didn’t mean it.
Told him to break it in half and die.
He took my barbs and then my hand.
A Channel Islands mid-length is coming to my home soon. Will I love or will I be like Ellen DeGeneres, give it a try and decide it’s not for me?
Wait, I can never remember… is Ellen gay or straight?
Listen here and more as the story develops.