Surf Craft at the LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, Long Island, NY

Post by MB: It’s been over a week since the opening of Surf Craft at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, Long Island, NY. We are extremely proud of this exhibit on the East Coast and  so grateful for the opportunity. There are so many extraordinary boards on display at the LongHouse–some of which have NEVER been on the East Coast–boards such as John Elwell’s dual-fin Simmons planing hull, two George Greenough spoons and Greenough’s mold (loaned by Stanley Pleskunas).

LongHouse_Surf Craft_5Other highlights–gosh, there are so many–are one of the first Mini-Simmons (or Casper as the original guys knew it; loaned by Chris Gentile of Pilgrim Surf + Supply)…

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…and the display of Carl Ekstrom’s asymmetric surfboards–goodness! Carl is a master craftsmen, design genius and all-around great person. He makes 1/4 scale models of each design before he make them full size. Carl shapes the board,  glasses the boards, and even handcrafts all the fins. When you see his boards up close, you can see why they are masterpieces. Each board is perfectly shaped and glassed. Carl has thought out every cut, every slice, every angle, every texture, every placement, every everything before he does anything. Carl even performs laminate stress tests to measure the thickness of the materials he uses for strength. Carl even took one of Jack Larsen’s (well-know textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve) fabrics and used it as an inlay on one of his boards in the show. I could go on and on about this board–the fabric testing, the outline/color testing, etc–but that board deserves a whole post to itself.

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There are so many stories behind the boards and behind the men who made these boards that I’m going to have to ask Richard to take over where I left off…local guys such as the late Rick Rasmussen and Joe Falcone, to the alaias and breadfruit board, to the European bathing boards, to the Sting and Laser Zap, to Ph. D. and mathematical wizard Terry Hendricks (RIP) and his kneeboards…

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Of course the support of our close friends at Firewire Surfboards, the lead sponsor of this exhibit, was extremely appreciated. And also happens to be quite fitting as the curator, Richard Kenvin, purposely included two Firewire boards in the Surf Craft exhibit–both designed by Daniel Thomson (aka “Tomo”).

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Firewire also has a pretty rad display just outside the exhibit under an amazing white tent designed by fabric artist and designer Bill Moss (yet another story), which was suggested by Jack Larsen, no less. I love this tent, and it perfectly covers the Firewire boards.

Our other friends, Pilgrim Surf + Supply (owned by good friend Chris Gentile) was instrumental as a sponsor. Pilgrim has a shop in Amagansett Square. Chris has been a supporter of Hydrodynamica since the beginning. Of course, we can’t say enough…

As much gratitude goes out to Main Beach Surf Shop who sponsored the exhibit and was instrumental in organizing a Firewire board demo!

Basically, it took a lot of people to open this show, from the installers, (thanks especially to Michael Rosch and Scott Bluedorn–local bad asses) from the loaners to the sponsors to all the people at LongHouse, to the curator, etc. etc. we will never be able to include them all in this little story. We can’t even include all the stories about these boards–though we will try…

We hope you are able to view the show (open through October 10th) and enjoy the rich history of these inspiring and extraordinary surf crafts as much as we do. –post by MB

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