We are stoked to be launching our next collection at Capsule. If you'd like to see what we have lined up for the future and your going to be in Las Vegas swing by!
Inspiration behind ALOHA to ZEN
One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico. During the mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a serious drought, leaving an abundance of empty swimming pools available for trespassing skateboarders to practice their tricks. From these suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that created the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached blonde hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders are masterfully captured against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape
We are very pleased to be able to share our A frame home and have it featureed in the book Surf Shacks, published by Gestalten.
The book celebrates that many abodes can fall under the label of surf shack: New York City apartments, cabins nestled next to national parks (that's us at Aloha Zen!), or tiny Hawaiian huts. Surfing communities are overflowing with creativity, innovation, and rich personas. Surf Shacks takes a deeper look at surfers' homes and artistic habits. Glimpses of record collections, strolls through backyard gardens, or a peek into a painter’s studio provide insight into surfers’ lives both on and off shore. From the remote Hawaiian nook of filmmaker Jess Bianchi to the woodsy Japanese paradise that the former CEO of Surfrider Foundation in Japan, Hiromi Masubara, calls home to the converted bus that Ryan Lovelace claims as his domicile and his transport, every space has a unique tale. The moments that these vibrant personalities spend away from the swell and the froth are both captivating and nuanced.
The Boardcollector Surf Swap in Avalon was a huge day with some perfect weather. Incredible boards that folks brought out and put on display along with salty surf memorabilia.
We had some great characters of the Australian surf scene on hand to share their knowledge and experience, from Nick Carroll to Phil Jarratt & Donald Brink & Luke Kennedy.