Friday, April 19, 2013
BeachJazzAs friends were painting on and around the shop, I would run out from working the counter and quickly shoot a little video on my phone. So here is a tiny video I made showing some of their creativity!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Kai comes to SF and drops in a bunch of guys- luckily no one was hatcheted!
Kai who helped save some innocent people from a psychopath (Click http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/02/23/2485966/man-who-stopped-crazed-tacoma.html from the back story) came by the shop.
Mr. Bill Hickey
Brief summary about the new mural on Leon's old BBQ shack above our surf shop. A motivated art student by the name of Alejandro came to me wanting to do a piece. I asked him to look into the history of our neighborhood a little, and relate his piece to that which interests him. He came back a couple days later excited about one of our local legends, Bill Hickey. Alejandro is inspired by Bill's surfboards which are functional art, beautifully and expertly made by hand! So Alejandro's piece aims to communicate the creative force that emanates from one of our favorite Sunset people- Bill Hickey.
Oh yeah order a board from Bill, you will treasure it! Contact him HERE
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Plight of the Torpedo People
Book signing with Keith Malloy:
This Friday night at da Patagonia Store @ 770 North Point Street- Doors at 7PM, event 7:30PM.
Plight of the Torpedo People is a collection of bodysurfing photographs, frame grabs and personal essays documenting the making of Keith Malloy's directorial debut, Come Hell or High Water. The film's coverage of the sport, culture and purity of body surfing garnered Best Film and Best Cinematography awards on the festival circuit.
Join us for the film, slideshow + book signing, free beer, popcorn and more. Director Keith Malloy, photographer Chris Burkard and bodysurfing legend Mark Cunningham will all be here.
Admission is free, but space is limited, so come early to get your spot!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Board Art Benefit was of course- FUN!
I have not been able to update the blog much lately as our Sloat shop got broken into and besides a van load of inventory da crooks took all of our computers. So we have been trying to rebuild all our lost data as well as repair all the physical damage that was done. CROOKS YOU REALLY SUCK!
Now back to positive stuff. I had a great time with last week's Board Art Benefit. At my house, I hosted a bunch of rad artists that came down from Olympia and Portland, they got my mind off of retail and fired up about being creative and taking off on adventures.
The art I created for the event.
I worked with buddy Matt Beard to organize this art benefit/party for Surf Aid International, along with Anthony and Camille of Driftwood Salon Art Gallery (You might remember Anthony from the shop as he worked there for a long time), Emily and Saya of Surf Aid International, and all the SF and North of SF artists- all of us worked incredibly well together and this event was one of the smoothest I have helped produce in a long time. It was nice to be able to relax when the event opened to the public instead of running around trying to fix various things. The gallery looked great with all the art installed, The beer from Kona Brewery tasted great, Likwifi played awesome sets of music, and best of all was the H A P P Y vibe from everyone there! Thank you to all the nice, grounded people that came to the show- you made me a little less jaded about humans.
Surf Aid put up a great summary of the event with lot's of great pictures. CHECK IT OUT HERE!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Board Art Benefit June 9th at Driftwood ArtSalon!
Driftwood Salon art gallery
39 Isis St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(near 12th and Folsom Streets.)
click here for map
One Night Only!
Saturday June 9, 2012
Art makers & Board shapers working together to benefit SurfAid International.
Live Music from Humboldt County’s Likwefi!
We are stoked to work with fellow artist Matt Beard and Surf Aid International to put together a rad night for a good cause!
Come and enjoy a night of artwork infused with the clean lines of master craftsmen from the surfing world, set to the infectious rhythm’s of live music from Humboldt County’s Likwefi. Enjoy a Kona beer while taking it all in at the Driftwood ArtSalon art gallery in the heart of San Francisco.
Building on our collection of boards from our previous event held in San Diego (over half of which have now sold to collectors) we recently invited well over a dozen new artists to team up with shapers of their choice to create unique objects of art with the surfboard as the common substrate. With styles of art ranging from pure abstraction to gritty realism, from surreal visions to the honest captures of a camera’s lens, with narratives both visual and verbal, we are excited to present to you perhaps one of the most unique quivers of contemporary collectable surfboards ever assembled for a single cause. Many of the boards in this collection have significant values of their own, just by virtue of the hands that crafted them. The artists we’ve invited bring their lifelong skills honed in creating one-of-a-kind works of art to the boards, resulting in boards that just can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
This will be the only chance for Bay Area collectors to catch a glimpse of these incredible boards in person before they are taken to Southern California for an Auction Event that SurfAid International will be hosting later this year. All of the boards will be available for purchase at pre-auction prices with at least 50% of each sale going directly to SurfAid International to support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia. You don’t want to miss your chance to see these boards in person and meet many of the artists and shapers who will be in attendance, learn more about SurfAid International, and have a great time. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Bold Italic interview
I had been coming to Aqua Surf Shop for years to load up on bars of wax and to talk boards and wetsuits with the co-owner Aleks Petrovitch, but this was the first time I had ever broached the topic of his artistic projects. “ There’s only so much room for creativity in retail,” he told me one day as he was sticking price tags on tubes of sunscreen. “So you have to make room for your own. ” Aleks interprets that to mean creating children’s books. And surf horror movies...
Nice interview about the shop, Aleks, and his other projects such as Gnomie on The Bold Italic. Thanks to Mark and Andria for putting it together. Check out the rest HERE and enjoy-
Friday, December 16, 2011
When we surf da web we surf Korduroy TV
Korduroy TV is one of our favorite Surf Blog/mags out there on da interweb, now Reis and Cy need a little support.
"In the the two years since the launch of Korduroy.TV, we have given you over a thousand blog posts and videos without the help of investors or sponsors. We are about to launch Korduroy.TV 2.0, taking us from a simple video blog to a full-fledged interactive website with all kinds of new things to geek out on when your boss isn’t looking. But cool new websites aren’t cheap so we need to raise $18,000 USD to help cover the cost of producing our videos in 2012.
Not only does your contribution ensure that you’ll be watching even more insane stuff on Korduroy next year, but you’ll also get your choice of offers and gear that are really cool and limited edition."
so help da boys out!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A very mellow film screening.
This Thursday eve will throw up da OLD film screen and project the NEW surf film INNERSECTIONS II. So come by the Sloat shop a li’l before 7:30 pm for a mellow screening of Taylor Steele’s newest film. You will be sitting on da wood floor so bring a yoga mat/etc if you would like.