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Surfing: a non-depletive act

For a few years I thought feverishly about sustainable business, and in some ways sustainable livelihoods. That thought track manifested itself by way of looking into surfing – a commodity industry that is intrinsically connected to nature (and the need to sustain it), and at the same time in complete opposition to nature. Phoresia served […]

By • Mar 1st, 2012 • Category: environment,, social responsibility

Cast iron vs. Carbon Fiber…

It’s interesting how you approach possible solutions to problems given a bit of context and perspective. Case in point, in my search for a longer lasting better performing surfboard, I’ve turned to technology and manufacturing techniques to get me where I want to go. The antithesis to that is my strive to simplify my cooking […]

By • Aug 2nd, 2011 • Category: board construction

Taking ownership of your community

Burnside has been a fixture in the skating world for decades. A tribute to the ethos of skaters everywhere, built from the grit, determination and exile of a marginalized sub-culture. It was built by community and brotherhood. I was stoked to stumble across the story of Marginal Way in Seattle. Much the same story, Seattle […]

By • May 7th, 2011 • Category: skateboarding

Comet Skateboards – opening retail shop

We’ve been digging what Comet Skateboards has been doing for a long time. They are WAY ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable business practices. Looks like they are opening a retail shop in Ithaca, NY. Pretty out of the way place, but thankfully they’ve got it covered with this whole new-fangled Interwebs […]

By • Apr 25th, 2011 • Category: skateboarding

Life via Skateboard

“… I’ve seen Jesse go through five boards in an afternoon, fighting off demons with his skating. Seeing someone that committed and pissed off was inspiring. Hearing people say shit like ‘I skate for fun; if it isn’t fun I won’t do it.’ has always sounded kind of simple and ridiculous to me.” -Julien Stranger […]

By • Mar 16th, 2011 • Category: pete, skateboarding

Latest board – Bamboo/carbon Floatey Fish

So my trusty old summer board was finally starting to show the effects of 5+ years of abuse. Pretty damn good run for poly 6/6/6 glassed board, but the electrical tape ding repair on the rails was becoming a loosing battle. After a good clean up for some ding repair I realized it was time […]

By • Jan 5th, 2011 • Category: board construction,

The role of craft designer…

I read an excellent paper titled ‘The Role of Craft Designer Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption’. It had one of the clearest definitions of “Sustainable Production” that I’ve come across to date – “Sustainable production and consumption is ‘the use of goods and services that respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of […]

By • Oct 12th, 2010 • Category: social responsibility

Part of the Solution…

A lot of us, myself included, sit feeling helpless about what we can do to make a difference with the BP spill in the Gulf. Others are charging ahead full-steam trying to be part of the solution. I just stumbled across this article: Surfers gain EPA support for their Gulf Coast cleanup cure Joey Santley […]

By • Jun 11th, 2010 • Category: environment, news & media