CALIFORNIA: SURFERS’ GOLD WITH SHAPERS TO MATCH

A myriad of shapes and evolutionary designs
A myriad of shapes and evolutionary designs by shaper/innovator Donny Brink

By Steve Casar

PULLING INTO ORANGE COUNTY AND OH-SO-ROAD WEARY FROM THE MASS OF TRAFFIC THROUGH THE L.A. AREA. BUT AFTER A GOOD NIGHT’S REST, WE CONTINUE SOUTH TO SAN CLEMENTE STOPPING TO CHAT WITH DONNY BRINK OF BRINK SURFBOARDS.

BRINK SIGN

WOW ! WHAT A GREAT ASSET DONNY IS TO SURFING.

Donnie Brink and Steve talk design and future shoes
Donny Brink and Steve (above and below) talk design and future shapes

Steve and Donny talk surfboard design and the future

 

Donnie has shaped a concept board that goes right on one side then turn it over and go left on the other side
Donny has shaped a concept board that goes right on one side then turn it over and go left on the other side

HIS MIND IS SO IN TUNE WITH WAVE RIDING AND SURF CRAFT. IT’S LIKE A GREAT SURF SESSION JUST CONVERSING WITH HIM.

AFTER SOME TWO HOURS I LEAVE WITH SO MUCH MORE TO THINK ABOUT IN TERMS OF BOARD DESIGN  AND WAVE RIDING. WHAT I HAVE JUST LEARNED FROM THIS SOUTH AFRICAN I CAN’T WAIT TO JUMP IN THE WATER AGAIN.

One of Donny's unique designs
One of Donny’s unique designs

I HAVE A COUPLE OF SUPER FUN BOARDS FROM DONNY AND WANTED TO SEE WHAT HE HAS GOING ON NOW. HOOOO…. TOYS WITH FUNCTION AND FUN IN MIND.

Tight space for cutting edge designs
Tight space for cutting edge designs

KEEP THE STOKE GOING DONNY, IT’S CONTAGIOUS IN A WONDERFUL WAY. CHECK HIM OUT AT http://donaldbrink.com

A very lightweight hydro craft
A very lightweight hydro craft
Fins waiting
Fins waiting

IT’S WATER TIME AGAIN! FUN SWELL RUNNING ALL ALONG CARLSBAD, ENCINITAS AND CARDIFF BEACHES. SMOOTH CONDITIONS WITH NICE LINED UP WAVES.

TOWNS BUILT UP MORE ALL AROUND AND NO CHANCE OF PARKING ON A STREET OVER NIGHT AND SLEEPING LIKE WE USE TO. BUT HEY, WE’RE OLDER AND CAN USE A LITTLE EXTRA COMFORT. A MOTEL EVERY SO OFTEN FEELS GOOD. GOD BLESS MOTEL 6!

DRIVING THROUGH LA JOLLA, PACIFIC BEACH, MISSION BEACH AND SUNSET CLIFFS. TAKING IN THE SIGHTS AND REMEMBERING OUR SO MANY SOUTH-BOUND SURF TRIPS. STAYED IN A HUGH RV PARL – CAMPLAND – ON MISSION BAY THIS NIGHT. EARLY TOMORROW WE’LL HEAD NORTH UP THE COAST AS SURF CONDITIONS ARE SHOWING BETTER THERE.

MORE SMOOTH BEACH BREAK WAVES AND FUN. DID SOME MAT RIDING AND SPARKED THE ATTENTION OF A BIG (HARBOR) SEAL. HMM, MAYBE THAT’S WHY NO ONE ELSE IS UP THE BEACH HERE SURFING THIS PEAK.

THE SEAL IS MORE LOOKING DOWN AT ME THEN UP AS IT LIFTS IT’S HUGE BODY OUT OF THE WATER FOR A CHECK OUT ON MY SOFT PILLOW. I SAID SOMETHING LIKE “HI BIG GUY” THEN QUICKLY CATCH THE NEXT WAVE IN TO GRAB MY BOARD.

NOW I HEAD DOWN THE BEACH WHERE A FEW PEOPLE ARE OUT ENJOYING A SUNNY DAY OF SURFING. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA SURFING DAY.

THE NEXT DAY NEAR HUNTINGTON BEACH THE WEATHER STARTS TO CHANGE AS A STRONG NORTHWEST WIND BRINGS IN RAIN AND GENERALLY STORMY CONDITIONS WITH JUST TWO DAYS LEFT ON THIS ROAD TRIP.

WE DECIDE ITS A GOOD TIME TO START PACKING UP AND REFLECT ON THE GOOD LUCK WE’VE HAD WITH THE WEATHER AND WAVES. IT WAS A QUICK TRIP DOWN THE COAST AND. OF COURSE, WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT IF WE HAD MORE TIME. THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT TIME, RIGHT?

IT’S LESS THEN 600 MILES FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO BUT WE PUT ABOUT 1,350 MILES ON THE VAN, OUT HOME BASE.

GUESS WE REALLY DID OUR SHARE OF SURF CHECKING ON THIS WONDERFUL TRIP.

Shaper's alley San Clemente
Shaper’s alley San Clemente