On the Edge of a Dream

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Andrew Kidman has a long history of moving against the prevailing currents, of stubbornly following his own curiosity and working at his own pace. His relationship to the online world is a good example of this. The internet's firehose of free content is a challenge to anyone who wants to take the time to research and create, but Kidman has never relented to those forces and his back catalogue of books, film, and music is testament to his unhurried application to craft. Each 'release' defying the social media news cycle and becoming timeless in their own way.

Five years ago he embarked on his most recent project, teaming up with Ellis Ericson to document George Greenough's semi-mysterious Edge Board design. 'On the Edge of a Dream' is the result of that half-decade of application and it's an immersive account of the Edge Board, from the late-60s roots to shaping their own modern personalised equipment and riding it at the same waves as Greenough's test runs.

Kidman and Ericson have made both a film and book, including input from Greenough and art from Barry McGee, and it'd be worth stepping out of the firehose and taking a nice slow offline drink from their barrel.

Follow this link for further instructions and stay tuned for a interview with Kidman on Swellnet.


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spuddyjack commented Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 at 6:55pm

Nice . . . a bit tantalising . . . a bit mysterioso.

Stay salty

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stunet commented Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 at 7:36pm

Great isn't it? It's one of those designs I've always wondered about yet never ridden, never truly understood the concept either to be honest. I was planning to rectify this by way of a story, perhaps with Phil Myers who's been shaping some wonderful examples of the design, when Kidman sent me this info. He's already done the hard work! Well, he and Ellis, and I look forward to watching/reading their findings.

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crg commented Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 at 7:52pm

I can recall an interview with Rasta and I think he was experimenting with these and said he blew his knee out as it went so fast and as you went to turn it it would just grab and turn so hard and not slide.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 5:57am

seen a lot of Ellis riding it (and Kidman) out the Point.......they look fast and very free.

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