Watch: Dusts of Gold

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

With a block of foam, a Skil 100, and keen sense of curiousity, Californian shaper Ryan Lovelace builds a board that transcends success or failure but is "an adventure in expressing a curious idea".

With Lovelace, an experimental and accomplished shaper, it's more a case of 'because I can' than an exercise in rationality - less about thinking, more about feeling. The surfing is by Trevor Gorden, and the whole process is beautifully filmed and edited by Morgan Maassen.

And as an aside, if a young filmmaker wants to put a camera in front of Levi Jones as he reanimates an old board or sculpts a new one, I'll guarantee you pride of place on Swellnet.

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fuhrious commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:26pm

An amalgam of many thoughts and theories and no ego ownership. And he’s not sure where the board is! I wish I knew. Looks like a lot of fun.

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bipola commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:38pm

more about the wave than the board

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frog commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm

Exactly. I have seen a lot of groovy short boards look great in fun and fast in long walled waves in video clips tempting me to get one for small waves. Then, I have seen average surfers on them in shorter beach breaks bog down and look to be pushing water on turns. Not so appealing.

Good surfer but the waves are the hero here.

Frogg

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gcart commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 5:43pm

Just for the joy of his craft .

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Terminal commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 6:01pm

Looks like the love child of a Rod Ball screwdriver, a Mackie sidecut flextail, edge board, NPJ front end; a hipsters dream board....

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Solitude commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 7:30pm

Wow a lot going on, lots of questions...
a) reckon a board with a tail like that has much longevity?
b) why doesnt he wear a mask whilst sanding?
c) was his crossover wave sharing mate riding a Gary Mcneill?
d) how is that board any different to any other Twinnie out there?

Cool clip though.

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surfstarved commented Monday, 19 Aug 2019 at 9:02pm

I couldn't get past b), especially after that shot with all the specks of dust floating around in the room. Dude's gonna get a bad case of emphysema if he keeps that up.

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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SeaBird commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 12:47am

I liked the James Squire chancer ale cardboard templates he used for the tail!

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jaunkemps commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 7:50am

Yeh where's the mask, sucking that shit in for a week would be hideous, imagine what he coughs up everyday YUK........

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stunet commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 8:08am

I'm seeing a Rod Ball sidecut rail, Lis deep swallow, Greenough edge, and a Mackie and Rae flex tail.

No one feature can be considered original but all thrown together..?

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crg commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 8:29am

I didn't think the board looked like it went that well. Felt the confusion of all the individual design elements detracted from the benefits of said designs.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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dandandan commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 8:52am

Whenever I see clips like this I just think "geeze it must be nice to have such consistently good waves that you don't mind spending a session on a board like that".

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stunet commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 8:58am

OT...but are you moving Dan? And if so, where to?

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dandandan commented Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 at 10:24am

I'm always bloody moving. Further up the mountain for the time being, but the way work is going maybe back to Indo next year, but also maybe to Sydney, or what about Margs? Maybe I could try Torquay..... I think you get the picture.

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Skinnycat commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 11:02am

I liked it. I liked the way the surfer didn't need to do too many body gyrations or pumping to make it go. I reckon Rodney Ball, George, Mitchell Rae, Mick Mackie and Steve Lis would all be happy to see this amalgamation.

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t-diddy commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:58pm

no stringer?

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t-diddy commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:58pm

no stringer?

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tango commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 11:20pm

i just love the way that bloke with the short hair doing cross-overs surfs. Not a hipster, just great style. If the board brings that sort of surfing out, it's got to be good.