Field Notes 11: Gato Heroi

Field Notes 11: Gato Heroi

Filmed and Edited by Jack Coleman

Visit the Daydream Research Center to demo & learn more about Gato Heroi Surfboards.

Research Assistants:
Robin Kegel
Robin Falxa

Ah yes, life in the Basque Country with the Robins, Mr. Kegel is the shaper and genius behind Gato Heroi while Mr. Falxa (when he's not busy making art) is a test pilot who helps Kegel perfect Gato Heroi's designs. We follow Kegel into his board building factory where we see dozens of surfboard blanks in shaped polyurethane foam waiting to be encased in fiberglass and resin. These will be some of the last boards that Gato creates that are poly-based. Robin has been hard at work perfecting a way to make surfboards out of more sustainable materials and has found some very successful substitutes that we'll likely be seeing in our shop in the near future. Watch these gents shred up some surf and then cook up a wheel of brie over an open fire to pair with some tasty looking red wine for a post surf dinner of champions.
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Field Notes 10: Derrick Disney

Field Notes 10: Derrick Disney

Field Notes 10: Derrick Disney
Filmed and Edited by Jack Coleman

Visit the Daydream Research Center to demo & learn more about Derrick Disney Surfboards:

5'5" Twinzer Fish

7'11" MIDZR


Derrick Disney has been building surfboards that are alternative in terms of their design yet are crafted for progressive surfing. Recently we've added Derrick to our line up shapers we are proud to be working with to offer folks both new and demo sticks to get their hands on. We started with two really enticing models, Derrick's Twinzer Fish and MIDZR, both boards come with custom templated bamboo fins from 101 Fins. The Twinzer Fish boasts a healthy amount of volume compacted into a small, responsive fish with a really loose feeling that still holds in all the right places. Derrick's MIDZR clocks in at 7'11" but turns like a much smaller board with a narrow, agile outline that allows the board to fit into critical parts of the wave yet enough volume to cruise through softer, mellower surf. Here's Derrick and his crew putting his designs to the test. Cruise by Daydream and give these sleds a go... we really can't think of a wave the MIDZR wouldn't work well in and the Twinzer Fish is great for folks looking to shred.

Research Assistants:
Derrick Disney
Austin Burns
Eric Snortum
Dom Dipetro
Ryan Burch

Filmed and Edited by Jack Coleman

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Field Notes 09: Elmore + Kris Hall Surfboards

Field Notes 09: Elmore + Kris Hall Surfboards

Visit the Daydream Research Center to demo & learn more about Elmore and Kris Hall surfboards.

Surfing in Southern California's winter is pretty tame, the water doesn't get too cold and we have beautiful sunny days while getting some left over swell from storms that are generated deep on the northern hemisphere of earth, up by Alaska. Troy and I surf together pretty often, we had just a tad more swell than usual so we thought it would be nice to take a nature day and go explore some waves within Orange County. We've both been really stoked on the effortless surfing that eggs, hulls, and medium range volume surfboards provide. We just want to go for a relaxing surf and not feel like we need to push the board to garner speed like you often do on lower volume sleds. Troy loaded up his van with tons of options and he opted to go with his newest model, the Pusher. Kris Hall had just dropped off a couple new surfboards for the Daydream Research Center and I was eager to get his New Speedway Boogie under my feet. In short, we had a blast cruising down the line and linking peaceful turns. Both of these sleds are available to demo through the Daydream Research Center. Next time you're at the shop, give either of them a spin!

Filmed and Edited by Jordan Minardi

Research Assistants:
Troy Elmore
Kyle Kennelly

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Field Notes 08: Gato Heroi

Field Notes 08: Gato Heroi

Visit the Daydream Research Center to learn more about Gato Heroi's surfboards.

Surfing is full of eccentric characters but few are more interesting than Robin Kegel, founder and shaper behind Gato Heroi. Robin focuses on pushing the boundaries of Transition Era designs with an unrelenting focus on speed. He's known for designing boards that allow people to unlock new possibilities over the course of years; however, that means you have to listen and let Robin take the lead. These boards will show you how to surf differently and how to follow the wave's natural rhythm rather than allowing for you to impart your own style too much. Gato Heroi's let nature take the lead... nature is much smarter than us humans after all.

Filmed & Edited by Jack Coleman

Research Assistants: 
Robin Kegel
Robin Falxa

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Black Lives Matter LA

Black Lives Matter LA

Learn more about Black Lives Mater LA here. Donate here

This issue of institutional racism and police brutality is not a new issue. It's been something that has been calling for change for decades. A couple years ago I was really moved by a book I read from Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, who at the time of the release of his book, The Third Reconstruction, was the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, pastor at the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, and founder of Repairers of the Breach. He argues that equality is a moral imperative and sheds light on the "divide and conquer" strategies that are used to keep social and economic inequality structures in place. It feels like we need unity now more than ever. United together we are stronger than any of the structures in place to keep progress from moving forward. The disturbing death of yet another black man at the hands of a white police office is so sad and brings deep feelings of depression that this continues to happen over and over again not to mention the everyday events that go untold and undocumented by the media that are affecting people of color all across America. Being a white male that operates a surf shop and cafe with a female partner that is also white and both raised in extremely privileged conditions, we have a lot to learn and are eager to do our best to make a difference. It really feels like we're at a tipping point right now and maybe our shop can help make a small push in the right direction for a change that can help move us towards equality. Starting today and through the rest of the month of June, we will be selecting a different organization to highlight and donate every sale of a specific beverage towards. This week we are donating every sale from our iced coffees to Black Lives Matter LA, the original chapter of BLM with a multifaceted, rapidly growing team focused on non-violent approaches to everything from youth empowerment, policy, legal action, and research. At the end of each week we'll let everyone know what we've worked to raise together! We'll also be taking a break from our regular social media posts to give way to media that is contributing to organizing. Thanks to everyone who has been working to push this movement forward.

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