Category Archives: Skip Frye

Lance Carson, Malibu California

                      Lance Carson in the shaping room – January 21st, 2013 The outline of a hand-shaped surfboard is drawn directly on the foam using a rigid template as a guide … Continue reading

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California Noir

Chris – Pacific Beach, California. 6:30PM, October 5th 2012 Surfing is a discipline. Like any serious pursuit it involves sacrifices that are not for the faint of heart. Forget about a regular job. The idea of family can be pretty … Continue reading

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Jamie Sterling’s 10’6″ Balsa Gun

Balsa wood has a lighter density than cork and it grows all over the place from Brazil to Mexico. It’s straight, buoyant and is used to make beautiful surfboards – but that’s just the beginning. To make a balsa surfboard … Continue reading

Posted in B&W negative film, Blue Cheer Surfboards, California, Hoy Runnels, Mabile Surfboards, ocean waves, Photography, Rusty Surfboards, San Diego, Skip Frye, surfboard shapers, surfboards, surfing | 2 Comments

Plus-X and Other Antiques

In April of 1975 I was finishing up my photography studies at the University of California San Diego with a series of 1099 projects – photo essays. I was shooting these with a Canon F-1 on B&W film. I had … Continue reading

Posted in B&W negative film, California, Canon F-1, Kodak Plus-X, Photography, San Diego, Skip Frye, surfboards, surfing, University of California San Diego | 2 Comments

The Deal With Ocean Waves

Water, as it turns out, is a pretty efficient conductor of energy and you don’t have go far for a good example – walk to the end of my street on any given day and have a look at the … Continue reading

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What is it About Surfboards?

I grew up surfing in Santa Monica in the 1960s. My first surfboards were nine-foot plus, second-hand relics that I could barely get my arm around – like my aunt’s 9’2″ Dave Sweet round pin (with a three inch balsa … Continue reading

Posted in Blue Cheer Surfboards, California, Hoy Runnels, Mabile Surfboards, Mike Perry, Rusty Surfboards, Skip Frye, surfboard shapers, surfboards, surfing, Third World Exotic | 3 Comments

In The Shaping Room, 2011

I’ve had half a dozen Skip Frye pin-tails but the first one was the absolute best. Ron Mackey gave me the two halves of his broken  8’6″ G&S Frye and I put it back together behind the ski shop where … Continue reading

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In The Shaping Room, 1977

By 1977 I’d graduated from college and was shooting for anybody that would pay. I was officially over the hill. I’d joined the world. I distinctly recall looking back with a little bit of regret on this day: I felt … Continue reading

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Wide Wide West

   Bird Huffman in The Shed – February 2011 I’m an architectural photographer and over the years we’ve worked on some great projects all over the west: Texas, Oregon, Nevada and of course California. We’ve shot hospitals, schools, casinos, pretty … Continue reading

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