Presiding over the Birdwell retail store in Manhattan Beach is a Joel Tudor longboard that serves as a functional canvas for the work of artists Thomas Campbell and Barry McGee. It’s a hot-looking thing—shiny black, geometric patterns, human faces. It’s also a kind of magic carpet, not so much to ride glorious waves (though it can do that) but rather to shoot them. Thomas Campbell explains:
Thomas Campbell is the director of Seedling, Sprout, and The Present. Here’s a link to his website— http://trimyourlifeaway.com/home/index.html. And below are some outtakes from the making of Sprout.
The Dazzling Blue is a series of short pieces about things we do in boardshorts. It is written by Jamie Brisick. A Fulbright scholar and a lifelong surfer, Brisick has written several books about surf culture, including Have Board Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow and Becoming Westerly. He lives in NYC and rides a 5'10" Channel Islands Pod.