Today Brea would’ve turned 30. While it’s an extremely tough day for my family and I, it’s equally important to carry on her legacy. So as long as I’m alive, you’re alive too “buddy”. Miss you and love you. Happy birthday sweet girl.
If you know Al aka @manlovebears aka Randy Bodine and I aka Rick & Randy (like really know us 😬) then you know that every time him and I are together we go at Mach 1 speed, get ourselves into the dumbest shit, and make the best out of everything. The comedy this human has to offer has given me some of the most gut wrenching laughs since we were 8 year old Vilano Bch surf rats, and if you ever catch us having a real conversation, chances are it’s 💯% bullshit. From countless fishing trips off shore (him forgetting food & water for us), surf fishin’ (in the creeks 😂), convincing the Channel 4 news that he caught a fish in a hurricane, and that time I entered him, I mean Randy Bodine, in a snowboard contest; have been some of the funniest memories I have. More importantly Al and I share a special bond, and during all of our antics, I know our siblings are looking down providing us protection and probably stressing out like, “here they go again”. 🙄🤦🏽♂️😇 Happy 33rd birthday you crazy SOB. Love ya brother!
Huge thank you to the @b.w.r.a.g crew for helping the global surf community in ocean safety training and risk management education. I highly recommend everyone from expert surfers, divers and fisherman, to anyone who enjoys swimming in the ocean or even a kiddy pool; to take the time and educate yourselves on these crucial things we should all have basic knowledge of. Anything can happen at any moment, no matter your skill level or experience. Educate yourself and be prepared 🤙🏽
My first session ever in Europe on a borrowed @jquinny ‘s @blackrosemfg semi retro, quad fin, lightning bolt hot rod! In the spirit of the #vansducttape , experimentation on alternative craft is at the forefront. Thank you for the opportunity to break out of the norm @delta and for taking my board bag off the same plane we took from SD to NYC 😂 🤳🏽 @jimmicane
When I was 8 years old my mom brought me to the @thesurfstation to buy a new board, where I met this 15 year old blonde mullet surf rat behind the counter named Jody Davis. He picked out a used Xtreme for me that happened to be @dagenmcnally ‘s old board. Jody asked where I lived and when I told him Vilano Bch, he gave me his number and said, “Me too, let’s surf grom!” (15 year old to an 8 year old 😂) Fast forward 25 years, and together we’ve surfed all the surfs, fished all the fish, pushed all the grits, and drank all the rums a lifetime has to offer. Here’s to another 25 more! 🍻 Thankful to have you as an older brother. Happy 40th ya legend! @bonjodicy
Last night we lost an amazing human and a forever member of the @vans family, @garywyman . It’s with a heavy heart that I post this, but just wanted to share how great of a person he was. Gary was always so positive, kind, hilarious, and he had the ability to light up any room he walked into. I’ll never forget all the great memories working with him on overnight projects, snowboarding, week long benders at SXSW (not a real baby in the photo haha), etc. Gary was diagnosed with ALS, and the way he handled the disease with such positivity will always be a testimony of who he was. We love you Gary. You are a legend and will truly be missed.
Here’s to an unreal 25 days on the North Shore! A month full of fun waves, working on amazing projects with amazing people, celebrating surf icons, watching the sunrise and taking sunset beat downs, home cooked meals, elevator dance parties, and going ape shit to Guns N Roses. Thank you @vanssurf and thank you Hawaii for being so good to me all these years.
The last 12 days on the North Shore have been pretty all time, and we are just getting started!
There’s a lot to say about this week, but this photo sums up the brotherhood I’m blessed with. I’m missing some key people in here, so a huge thanks to every one of you who contributed to all the events. 🙏 #that’llpushgrits
Check out @indoek lastest issue on St.Augustine!! This came out amazing. Congratulations to everyone who put so much creativity into such a beautiful publication on the Oldest City. Thanks for the love and recognizing the stories and talent that have come from such a special place. See you all at the magazine launch event next Saturday. It will be a nice kick start to a week of fun for the @vanssurf #ductapefestival St.Augustine-So 🔥 right now!!
A world of passion comes from our crew and representing this great little town of ours. It’s a blessing to be apart of such a rad group of professionals I get to call my closest friends. Thank you for the love @oldcitylifemagazine. It sure is nice to be home!
Happy birthday sweet girl. Hope you’re having one hell of a party up there.
A much needed therapeutic ass whoopin’ in the hood.
Over 7 years with @vans and this has been one of my all time favorite projects to work on. A ton of effort and passion from everyone involved went into bringing the @vanssurf x @tcsurfshop collaboration to life. So, a huge congratulations and THANK YOU 🙏 to everyone from Product Design and Merchandising, PR, Sales, Wholesale and Surf Marketing. It’s an honor to work alongside such talented people. Thank you @rockycanon for your support and always keeping the energy going! And @thesurfjack for being such great hosts, while making us all feel at home with your genuine hospitality. Hell of a night too!
200lbs of Ahi made this Wahoo look more like a canned sardine. Thanks Dave for another trip of a lifetime!
Thank you @tofinofishing for helping me check new species off my list! Flo is one hell of a Frenchmen and a Captain too! 🙌🏽🤙🏽
Sometimes ya just need a solid closeout in life to put things into perspective.
Give us your surfboards!!! Kidding but not really. Join @vanssurf and @positivevibewarriors at @thaliasurf tomorrow from 4-8 for our 1st series of Board Drives taking place in North America. Donate a board and or accessories and receive some free Vans gear! All boards will be donated to the Caribbean surf community. If you can’t make it DM me on how and where to donate, and share the love!
Happy birthday to an incredible human, an amazing father, hardest working individual, and best friend. @jimmicane you are an absolute legend!! Here’s to a lifetime of unforgettable memories and doing more beer bongs on the walls of highways. 🍻
Chelle Howatt. The captain of our ship. Elbow Cay, Bahamas 🇧🇸 2006
This is Ethan and today was his first experience ever surfing. In between hoots n hollers going over waves and standing up for the first time; he also expressed, while calmly sitting Indian style on the nose of my board, that the waves weren’t all that good and the big ones must be in Hawaii ✔️He also claimed that 50 days from now there would be a good swell in Miami, and he’s probably spot on 🤔. Today was extremely touching for my family and I, so I cannot thank @surfershealing enough for the opportunity to be apart of such an amazing cause while honoring my sister. #autism
Only took 25 years of surfing, 10 working in the industry, and another decade in the trades, to finally shape one of these dang things! Credit to @jiveassjames for doing most of the work, and thank you for the education!