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Right Coast: Patrick Keenan

January 2, 2013

Well, I think an introduction may be in order. My name is Patrick, the newly appointed Stoke Harvester East Coast correspondent – yeah, Stoke Harvester is that popular now. For those of you familiar with the late, great Cheka Looka Surf Shop I was the nerdy kid restocking the surf wax, conspicuously checking out your girlfriend or writing down the receipt for your ding repair (if you haven’t gotten your board back, Jeff is still working on it). After what I can only describe as a “righteous time” working with Jeff and Shawn and babysitting Seth and Dug, I moved to Austin, then to Los Angeles, and now currently freezing in New York City. My travels have allowed me to cruise some gnarly waves, chill with some great tunes, down some torpedo juice and meet some great folk, all the while relaying my voyages back to my friends at Stoke Harvester.

So, one morning I received a text from Shawn asking if I would post on the SH blog to which I replied with an overly caffeinated but restrained, “That would be great.” So, here we go, you and your new pal Patrick. Let’s set the mood with some mid-winter longing for summer music.

Here let me light you up…

Mac DeMarco
“Annie”

“Ode To Viceroy”

If you are like me, and I assume you are, then you enjoy some positive mellow vibrations in your music. Well, Mac DeMarco has entered stage right and boy does he have a surprise for you. DeMarco’s album “2”, released in October, displays a more mature DeMarco from his previous and groovy, though overly Ariel Pink influenced, album: “Rock and Roll Night Club”. The album “2” contains a more funky and jazzy feel that seems to be missing in the tight pants community – come on, 7th chords aren’t that difficult, kids. Tracks like “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” and “Annie” illustrate DeMarco’s danceable yet mellow songwriting style full of clean guitars with extreme treble, funky but lax basslines and DeMarco’s easy lyrics. Rounding out the album DeMarco includes songs like “My Kind Of Woman” (a personal favorite) and “Ode to Viceroy” that are relaxed and that straddle the fence between a post surf session feel and a straight needle in the vain. The juxtaposition between these two mellow/fun and mellow…/mellow songs makes for a unique album. “2” closes with a lazy acoustic ditty titled “Still Together” that I am sure will get you laid.

– Patrick

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John Wesley x Stoke Harvester

December 29, 2012

Joining Almond, Dewey Weber, and Harbour… is our friend John Wesley. JW hails from Dana Point, California… which is also where he hand shapes his boards. We interviewed John back in July. If you’d like to get to know more about him, you can click here.

We currently have five of John’s shapes available on Stoke Harvester. Each board is priced with a single color, gloss & polish finish. If you’d like all the bells and whistles, shoot us an email. We can hook you up. ;)

Connect:
– John’s new site
– Photos by A & G Swanson

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Stoke Harvester – Holiday Hoodies

December 7, 2012

We are doing a last minute batch of Stoke Harvester hoodies for the holidays. There are twelve different colors to choose from. The Stoke Harvester Holiday hoodie packs even more punch than it’s predecessors. They are sure to get you eggnog on Christmas eve, and more presents under the tree the next morning.

The deadline for orders is midnight on Dec. 12th

Order here!

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Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide

December 6, 2012

I know the holidays haven’t been the same since Sears stopped production of their Christmas Catalog. You’ve been longing for dog eared pages, filled with perfectly curated collections of your favorite toys. Fear not! I’m here to help. Behold the Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide. I mixed things up a bit, to ensure holiday cheer regardless of budget. There’s items for the wall-street wallet, broke-brah wallet, and every billfold in-between. There’s some inside stuff, outside stuff, and sideways stuff.

In no specific order… let’s begin.

 



Invasion From Planet C – Special Edition DVD
Mike Black’s masterpiece, brings GnarGnar and Casanova to Earth in search of waves. Planet C has run dry, and Galaxy 5723’s governing forces suspect Santa Barbara has stoke to be mined. Don’t buy this movie if you want thrusters, Slater, or Pipeline. You won’t find any of those. What you will find is the best damn sci-fi surf movie ever made… with logs, chest-high peelers, and a van that runs on farts. Trailer here.

 

Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit
I know I’m going to catch some flack for picking the R3 over the R4, but this is my list… so deal with it. I’ve worn my fair share of suits. When I was working at Cheka-Looka, I was rocking one of the rental Hyper-flex suits. When I finally saved up enough cash, I bought an Xcel Drylock. A few years later when Stoke Harvester became a Patagonia dealer, I tried out one of their suits. I’ve never been so friggin warm.

You can find pros and cons in pretty much every suit on the market. Here are the most common ones when it comes to Patagonia.

1.) They are pricey. Patagonia’s hooded R3 suit is $575. That’s a nice chunk of change, but in my opinion worth every dollar. I don’t want to get out of the water because I’m cold. I want to get out because I’m tired, and I’ve met my quota for the day. The R3 keeps me warm, it’s flexible, and it comes with Patagonia’s warranty & customer service. Sold.?

2.) They are a pain in the ass to get out of. ?This is 100% true. My suit is a total pain in the ass to get out of. I deal with it. If a suit keeps be warm for 3 1/2 hours in 50 degree water, I am fine with it being a pain in the ass for 5 minutes. Would you trade your glass board in for a tuff-lite, just because it’s easier to carry from your car to the beach?

3.) They are too warm.?Yes, I’ve actually heard this complaint. In fact, a bunch of the guys who bought the R4 right when it launched, came back later and bought the R3 because they wanted something cooler. Note, they didn’t come back and buy a different company’s suit. They bought a thinner suit, by the same company! I wear the the R3 as a winter suit. I feel the R4 is overkill. I also have some extra meat on my bones. If you’re lean, you might be happier with the R4. Either way, Patagonia suits are the best on the market.


Almond 9.75″ Dee Fin

Before Greenough transitioned everyone to the dolphin, the D-fin was the standard. Here is your modified 60’s throwback fin. The Almond Dee is great for
Surf Thumps, and other swine shaped lumber.

 


Parafina – El Capitan T-shirt

My friend Carlos has a killer tumblr.?Stoke Harvester re-posts his stuff on?Pinterest?often. He recently used the images from his blog, as inspiration for a line of t-shirts. I like them. So does Thalia. Go buy one.

 

Dewey Weber – 9’0″ Performer
Dewey’s Performer is the most popular longboard of all time. He designed the board to meet the needs of every surfer, in all surf conditions. Its easy to paddle, impossible not to catch waves on, and it turns on a dime. Although it wasn’t originally designed to be a nose-rider, it does a pretty damn good job at it. The Performer comes standard with a Dewey Weber Hatchet fin.


The Surfer’s Journal
Twenty years in publication. Six times a year, for six bucks a piece. It’s the best surf publication out there. You won’t find endless board-short advertisements, in TSJ. You will find amazing stories, and beautiful photographs. Yvon Chouinard said “Let’s put it this way…my house is on fire, my wife runs in and grabs all the photo albums…I grab my collection of Surfer’s Journals.”


Stoke Harvester – PNW Blend Cold Water Wax
Here’s your stocking stuffer. Six bars of extra sticky goodness, to keep your booties glued to your board. Made in collaboration with The Peanut Butter Coast. 6 bars. 85 grams. 1 Stoke Harvester sticker with each order. If you’re a Seattle local you can save on shipping, and just swing by to pick up your sticky.

Topo Designs – Duffel Bag
You’re gonna need a bag to put all your new goodies in. Go Topo. Made in Colorado. Great quality. Good color options. It’s lined with nylon cloth to keep everything dry, and if you happen to be in Washington, it comes with inside pockets to store your I-502 snack packs. The duffel was recently reviewed by Justin Coffey, on PBC.


Shwood – Haystack Select Sunglasses
Alright… you’re not going to get much use out of these in the Pacific Northwest for a little while. That being said, when the sun does shine again, you’re going to look badass wearing these sun-goggles. Shwood is handcrafting wooden sunglasses out of Portland, Oregon . The Haystack Select ships with a wool pouch and a walnut / maple hard case.


Stoke Harvester – Gift Certificate
Not sure what to give your friend/family for Christmas ?Give them the gift of choice. Stoke Harvester gift certificates never expire, can be used with other discounts, and are way cooler than a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club. Both digital and snail-mail versions available.

Cheers,
– Shawn

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Surfboards by Dewey Weber

December 4, 2012

If we are friends, than you most likely know that I am a sucker for Dewey Weber Surfboards. The first longboard I ever purchased was a 9’0 Dewey Weber Performer. I was working at Cheka-Looka at the time, and pretty much everything I knew about surfing came from Jeff, Bubba, and Ricky. Ricky used to surf for Weber…so he understandably had a soft spot for Dewey’s. That being said, the decision to put me on the DW Performer was green across the board. It was big, it was blue, and it came with a hatchet fin.

I was stoked. Up to that point, my only experience with longboards was with the sticks that Cheka-Looka kept in the rental fleet. Don’t get me wrong, those boards weren’t bad…but nothing could prepare me for my first session out on the performer.

Easy-paddling, dime-turning, stoke-mining, wave-catching machine.

I was stoked. The next day at Cheka-Looka, I grabbed a DW t-shirt, and a sticker to throw on my car.

A few months back, my friend Scott and I picked up a few boards from Almond Surfboards & Designs. Scott bought a Lumberjack, and I scored a Surf Thump. I friggin love my Surf Thump. It’s 9’8″,piggish, and has a glassed on D-fin. After taking the Surf Thump out a few times, I contacted Dave at Almond…to see if he would be interested in selling his boards through the site. Shortly after, we proudly announced a partnership with Almond Surfboards & Designs.

After getting most of Almond’s quiver up on the site, I started talking with Justin over at Peanut Butter Coast about who else Stoke Harvester could bring on board. There are more than a few great surfboard manufacturers out there that SH would be excited to work with. Everyone has their favorite…Dewey Weber is mine.

I contacted Shea Weber. Stoke Harvester now sells Surfboards by Dewey Weber.

At the moment we have three different models available on the site; The Stlyist, Performer, and Feather Fastback. If you’re looking to add a performance fin to your collection, we also have Dewey’s Hatchet fin. More DW boards and clothing will be added to the store in the coming months. In the meantime if there’s something you want, and it’s not listed on the site…Shoot us an email.

One step closer to getting my Red Jacket. ;)

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Shwood Sunglasses – Made in Oregon

December 2, 2012

 

It’s just the beginning of the month, and exciting things are already happening. The first in a line of new products to be sold on Stoke Harvester, is Shwood sunglasses. Shwood is an Oregon based business… “born from the limb of a Madrone tree, a rusty pair of cabinet hinges, and lenses from the corner store.”

Each pair of shades is manufactured in Shwood’s Portland workshop, using a variety of different tree trunks. The Canby comes in zebrawood, cherry, and East Indian rosewood. The Florence is crafted from santos mahogany, with maple inlays. The Haystack is available in rosewood / walnut burl.

Hardwoods, to go with your cold coffee.

 

A few weeks ago, we posted Shwood’s video; Scrap Surf.  The 3:45 reel is a collaboration with Joe Blecha and Kahana Kalama of Aloha Sunday. Shwood’s other videos include the Makers Series… which pays homage to Portland’s community of experimental creators.

Check out our line of Shwood sunglasses here.

Connect:
Shwood – Facebook
Shwood – Twitter
Shwood – Blog

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Topo Designs: Made in Colorado

November 2, 2012


Stoke Harvester is proud to announce our new partnership with Topo Designs. Topo’s family is made up of fisherman, hunters, hikers, climbers, and other types of people your grandpa would be proud to drink coffee with. Each quality bag and accessory is built in Topo’s LEED certified shop… which is located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.


Topo Makes pretty kick-ass bags. Simple colorways, with well thought out designs. The Topo collection is minimal and precise. There are currently twelve bags/backpacks in the quiver. The Daypack functions as a work companion & pack mule for day hikes, while the Duffel packs a surplus for extended stays. The Sling bag is designed for two wheeled commuters…the cinch is your farmer’s market…the Dopp is…well, the Dopp is to put your toothbrush in. If you’re planning on going outside tomorrow, Topo most likely has a pocket for you to haul your stuff around in.


We still have a few items from Topo that need to be uploaded to the store. You can check out what we do have available, here.

Props to Justin at Peanut Butter Coast, for introducing us to Topo.

Built in the USA.