Point Grinding


Happy Winter Solstice!

With the full moon and the longest night of the year pretty much overlapping, nature's saying get your party on. Happy holidays to everyone!


Daily Sounds

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner...

Citay...Jackie Mitto...Little Wings


Kooking Out

T-moe's show last week was fun...here's a clip:



There's an art opening this Saturday at Mollusk Venice, featuring a collection of photographs by Serena Mitnik-Miller. Music by the Mollusk House Band. Come check it out if you're in the area:

Mollusk Venice
1600 Pacific Avenue
Venice, CA
December 15th, 2007


Galaxsea Crawlin'

Pank's new stubbie finally came in from Moonlight, ready for his moto-shred attack vehicle. Super gracias por la fancy art work by Nat Russell...

Oh look---it's Gnar Gnar!


Boneless Bamboo Quad

...for Ryan the RVCA rep. Hand-delivered through driving rain!

6'1" x 20.25" x 2.5" stringerless round pin quad
masking-tape opaque tint + polish
bamboo AK4 fins
6oz+6oz deck/6oz + 6oz bottom

p.s. the left at C-street was fun yesterday...


Stringerless Stubbie

Dan Partch just sent over some hand-foiled marine-ply side bites for my newest stringerless project, a 5'9" stubbie 2+1. I've been really stoked lately on sub-6' stubs with spiral vee for navigating around various nugs here in Ocean Beach. Chuck Ames is in the process of making some special 7" volan L-flex fins for Mandala, which should be ready around the time this board's ready to surf...

5'9" stubbo concavo
20.5" x 2.5"
marine-ply side bites
7" volan L-flex

Special thanks to heavy D.Partch for making such beautiful fins. He's the nicest ex-drill sergeant you'll ever meet...


Marc Andreini Loves to Shape

I was lucky enough to be invited down to Marc's secret shaping lair to be educated on the finer points of hull design. I got to listen to some great stories of how he and Kirk Putnam shaped and rode stubbies throughout the 60's and in the decades that followed---true research and design in the clean point surf of Santa Barbara. I hope I can honor his generosity by shaping a few boards and continuing this special kind of design tradition.

Here's a few photos of Marc shaping my new 5'11" Vaquero...

More photos to come...


Round Pin Quad for Sale

5'11" wing-pin quad
20" x 2-3/8"
clear fiberglass AK4 fins
Brick red tint, reverse lap
Clear bottom with black pinline


Interested parties can email me at mandalacustomshapes@gmail.com.


Mustardy Butterscotchyness

New sleds for the people!

Honey Bear in Paradise


Diamond Tail Quads

I've been getting a lot of requests for diamond tail quads from folks who really like my round pin quads but wanted a bit more edge through to the tail. The diamond tail template extends parallel effective edge much like the template of a fish but without the reduced tail surface area of a swallowtail. This results in a bit more speed as there's more tail surface area. I've pulled in the template a bit compared to the fish template to make up for the added surface area, which makes for a more performance-oriented template.

5'11" x 19.5" x 2-3/8"
coke-bottle blue resin tint + polish
tapered basswood stringer
bamboo AK4 fins

Check out this link for more info on the DIAMONDTAIL QUAD. Enjoy!


they were close to me


Silence Surf Cases

Elias Reitz of Silence Cases makes a damn fine travel case for surfboards. These cases are hand-made to order and are ideal for traveling with glass-ons. The case pictured here can fit 2 fish with glass-on fins with room to pad everything down for the flight. It's recommended to pad the nose and tail of your boards, and there's room for wetsuits and towels for the remaining packing job.

It's approved for size and weight for most airlines, and we weighed one with two Mandala quad fish with glass-ons with padding at under 70lbs. (This case could probably fit three boards without glass-ons too.)

For pricing, interested parties can contact Elias at eliasreitz@hotmail.com.

Teak Double Case

- made of marine-ply cores skinned with wood veneers for water-resistance and durability
- rolling wheels for speed
- super bomber handles for gorilla handling
- high-density foam liner

Outside Dimensions
6'4.5" X 23" x 10"

Inside Dimensions
6'3" X 21.5" X 8"