Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Grace Surfboards in Kamogawa Chiba. Here's the gang going about their business. Wani's sanding and Sekiya is shaping a custom surfboard. Makoto does some sick airbrush work and Hiro is learning the ins and outs of glassing. Sorry that I am missing some of the other important players at Grace Surfboards. Not pictured is Taro the owner and Ofuchi shaper. They were busy in their shaping rooms. Also Suhara the main glasser. He probably knows more aboutHawaii than me. You guys are on Yuka's camera, but she's still in Japan.
Here are my good friends Kazu and Kaoru Suzuki. I met them over 15 years ago when they came to Hawaii. They would always come and visit me at Local Motion. They take the hour long train ride just to meet me as I arrive. Some other times, Kazu will pick me up and drive me to Yuka's house. And now they come and stay with my family every year they come to Hawaii. Seth and Mia just love Uncle Kazu and Aunty Kaoru.
And this is Yuka's grandmother, Seth and Mia's great grandmother. She enjoys seeing the kids! She always give them the omiyagi- little presents.
Just came back from a nice long vacation in Japan. We stayed at Yuka's parents house in Tokyo. We met up with my sister's family and they had the plan to see as much sights as possible. I never walked so much in my life. It was also my mom's first time to Japan as well, so they packed in as much as they could. I have been to Japan almost 10 times now, and most of these places I visited for the first time. Sorry, but I can't even remember most of the names of these places. I think one of these places is in Harajuku.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Here are some of the finalists at the 24 th annual Surf Into Summer contest. everybody scored bagfuls of prizes donated by almost every surf brand out there. Hoptong made the finals, but was unlucky in getting a set wave. It went flat during his heat. Seth Moniz won the boys division.
Everybody was ripping.