Wednesday, September 2, 2009

the journey

well we embarked in a journey traveling down the coast.  it was a 2 day journey that ended us back in santa monica.  

we started with long beach to visit graham at shelter surf shop.  awesome shop.  graham was kind enough to have wetsuit discussions for about an hour, and all of it was very valuable info.  

just down the road is newport beach, where we visited dave at almond surfboards and designs.  awesome shop.  i got to see the setup, boards, suits, the whole nine.  i even purchased two boards to represent some almond quiver.  both boards are so sick.  i will post some pics when i get them on a computer.  anyways, i got up early the next morning to surf blackies, the waves were sub par, but at least i got wet.  the almond crew was out in full affect, and they all represented escential, i was super stoked on the loyalty to their home base and an upstart company.  

drove another 20 miles south to see nick at thalia, in laguna.  nick wasnt there but his shop was also awesome.  we decided to walk around laguna and explore what all the hype is about.  it was definitely a cool little town, with plenty of character.  

drove another 20 miles on the 5 to find myself in san clemente at icons of surf.  ben was a col guy and the shop was awesome, hahahaha.  they had plenty of boards, and all of them wanted to be ridden.  

before we could go back to santa monica, we drove another 20 miles to oceanside, to pay a visit to federoff, our suit designer.  i can say one thing about the meeting, if you are not always thriving to make a perfect product, you wont get there.  i gained alot of valuable info, and tried to get some plans for a front zip suit.  

all in all, a great trip, and an even better trip for escential.  i got back to the computer with too many thoughts about the visits.  i tried to piece all the feedback, and i know good things are still to come.  escential will get there....

tomorrow, malibu, then ventura, and up north.

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