In part two of our examination of Surfboard fins, we examine why surfboards are approached as if they are living things and yet fins, the very things that make surfboards possible to ride, are often just afterthoughts. When in fact it takes the same commitment to design, the same passion of thought and even greater cosmic science to create a surfboard fin. Might surfboard fins be infused with the same mythical, soulful elements of surfboards themselves?
Another amazing weekend, in an astonishing place, watching incredible surfing and Moto riding. The surf event got off to an early start. Ouch, because the night before a concert by “Sons of the East” had been taxing on quite a few. The spin on the Deus Slidetober Surf comp is that they supply all the boards. And all of them shaped at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm by a diverse cluster of shapers.
How would you describe what the cutting edge of photography is right now? Today’s camera bodies are getting better and better in low light conditions, which plays a huge role in not just surfing but all action sports because we almost always need a high shutter speed. The fact that now you can shoot over 5000 ISO without losing image quality is incredible and extremely valuable.
Muklis Anwar dropped by the Surftime offices recently. His usual cheerful, smiling self. A naturally positive surfer. As if he was born with a happy gene. But in reality we discovered it is more than that. Here is a North Bali Island surfer, born into the Islamic enclave of village Medewi, who from very humble beginnings, made his own path to happiness through belief, commitment and maybe just a little luck. The following are some of the truths we learned about Muklis Anwar:
“You’ve come a long way, baby”. So read the ad slogan for Virginia Slims, a “Feminist” cigarette brand, released in 1968. This in response to the sexual revolution and a radical transition from suffragette to what was then called Women’s Liberation. Nowadays it’s just called basic human rights. And we have female warriors like Stephanie Gilmore to thank for that.