Our friends at Almond Surfboards & Designs have been hard at work developing a new menswear line for the Fall. Handmade in sunny Southern California, this new line of apparel and accessories draws inspiration from the surfing heritage that surrounds them, while simultaneously cutting a clean line through the crowd of surf inspired stuff. So with that said, take a look at their recent lookbook video, which highlights a few things that’ll be available this fall, as well as the lifestyle they strive to support.
Surf shops are a dime a dozen in Southern California. Everything from wholesale warehouses to small, boutique businesses. Some are soulless, others are awe inspiring. Boards being built, shorts being sewn – the essence of 1960s surf culture still alive in some. Authenticity is important, though. The big brand stores selling so much of the same shit; shirts with swirly logos and crazy color combos. Apparel and accessories not made in America. Profit margins being of the utmost importance. Almond Surfboards and Designs was a different story, though. Founded in 2008 by Dave Allee and a handful of friends, Almond is “the premier lifestyle brand of the Surfer+Craftsman… a collaborative effort of friends who enjoy making things the old fashioned way.” I can get into that. So when we were in So-Cal a few weeks ago, we took some time to visit their new store in Newport Beach.
It sits on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway, a rather infamous stretch of pavement that has transported surf seekers since the early 1940s. It’s unassuming from the outside. A grey(ish) blue building with a small sign in the window. But when you walk in, the tall ceilings and exposed air ducting, the assorted surfing shapes on one side, clothing and accoutrements on the other, you realize this isn’t going to be an ordinary experience. And then there’s Dave. A handsome young man in his late-twenties, Dave couldn’t have been more inviting. He showed us around the shop; boards and bikes and small wooden skateboards and all kinds of clothing. He talked about crafting things in California, his passion for producing. He smiled when we explained what it’s like to be a surfer from Seattle. Genuine is what I would say. A damn fine dude.
We spent three or four hours inside their shop. Karissa found a few things she couldn’t live without, including a Pepto-Bismol pink Lumberjack that was hiding in the corner (unfortunately she couldn’t afford to keep it). We walked out with that warm fuzzy feeling you can acquire only when you surround yourself with the stoked. People that honestly appreciate our salty lifestyle. So-Cal or anywhere else. We seek the same thing. And the guys at Almond Surfboards and Designs are doing their part to keep people interested in our ideals.
Justin Coffey is known to enjoy small waves, strong drinks, motorcycles and misbehaving. He’s also the guy that runs Peanut Butter Coast.
Almond Wetsuits are designed in California, and built by Yoshihiro Sayama at his wetsuit shop in Hiratsuka City, Japan. Sayama has been hand crafting wetsuits from start to finish, for forty years.
Video & Edit: Chad Cress
Music: “Hope Valley Hill” by Helios
Cam Oden documents Clutch, shaping Almond’s 9’6″ Lumberjack.
Shape -> Laminate -> Glass-On Fin -> Hotcoat -> Sand -> Gloss & Polish.
Almond has a new bag of goodies for 2013. The new Almond menswear collection is made in California and draws inspiration from the state’s rich surfing heritage. Almond’s goal is to create timeless, quality pieces that reflect their commitment to being the premier lifestyle brand of the Surfer + Craftsman.
These items, and more… are available in our shop.
Briefly: Perhaps it was a subconscious effort to contort myself out of the pile of work sitting on my desk but I started to daydream. I was thinking about the box from Stoke Harvester headquarters that is currently making its way to my doorstep and of the surf videos within. Deciding to ride out the daydream I plopped some headphones on my head, propped my dogs up, cranked The Allah-Las and drew myself onto an 8-foot single-fin Almond straight cruisin’ down the line. So for those who would rather be out on the water or belly down in the sand getting their bronze on, I offer this tune and the opportunity to mentally slip away for a brief 3 minutes and 31 seconds.
Aaron Cervantes surfing his favorite Newport jetty on his favorite 9’6 Cy’s Aquatic Almond longboard. Perfect, sunny, cold, winter morning.
Film/Edit: Cameron Oden
Back in September, I ordered myself an Almond Surf Thump. It’s a 9’8″ triple-stringer, with slightly hull-like rails, and a glassed on Almond Dee-fin. It’s not obese…in fact, it’s a little skinner than your standard pig shape. The 9’8″ comes with some wide 23″ hips. The nose is a little wider than a a pig, which I would say lends it a tad more to the log family, than swine. Although at this point I’ve only ridden the board at beach breaks, Dave @ Almond says it performs equally as well on points. It’s an easy paddler (even though I’m out of shape,) easily floats me at 195lbs (I told you I was out of shape,) and turns well from the tail (it’s got a nice ass.)
Dave and the boys at Almond, hand-shape all their boards down in Newport Beach, Ca. They make quality stuff. Modern shapers, crafting some beautiful retro-inspired shapes. If you’re looking to bulk up your quiver, I would suggest checking out the Surf Thump. It’s an all-around nice log that’s sure to get you a beer at the campfire… if you share it with your friends in the line-up.
Jake Zylstra on his Surf Thump (Photo: Cam Oden)
Almond’s team rider; Andy Nieblas, apparently rides a Surf Thump when he competes. (Photo: Cam Oden)
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. ;)