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That's What I Think About That

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Oh man, I totally ate it at work yesterday. It started out as a regular day, I needed to glass 8 boards and get some kind of a head start on shaping. I was pouring resin out of a 5 gal. pail and it felt like someone stabbed me in the back. I have these two discs in my spine that like to dance or something and throw themselves out. Well, I did it. And I have big deadlines right now!! So I'm trying to stretch it out and all, when I get up from that I have a huge headrush like I'm gonna fall out or something. I went next door to grab Greenie to keep an eye on me. Next thing I know he's standing over me going: "DUDE, DUDE, Want me to call 911?!?!?" And I'm lying on my back going why, what the hell happened, and why am I on my back? He said that I just blacked out and took a faceplant into his air compressor. He's like "How does your chin feel?" And I realized that I had totally wiped out and my grill was all busted up. A-Dogg was on the way over to go swim and he ended up taking me to the house. I'm so lucky to have such great friends. Andy totally babysat me and Greenie even laminated an emergency board that is leaving tonight for Hawaii. Better believe that I'm wearing a brand spanking new back brace as I type this. The funniest part is when Greenie told Andy: "I just decked him, and when he woke up I asked him if he wnted me to call 911." My chiropractor said that the back pain just made my body hit the snooze button and turn off for a minute. I was freaked, still freaking a little. Life is short, and fragile you know. Oh well, back to work.
Drew

posted by drew

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Are the boys killing it right now or WHAT!!!!!! How 'bout Gabe and Jeremy going 1-2 at the contest in Jax..Thats right!! And all the little jits that used to paddle around me at A Street...is Ropero blowing doors down or what? And what about Zander, Ross, and all the St. Aug kids. Then there's Jimmy Wilson. Sometimes I complain about how hard it is to make it building boards and all, but NOTHING compares to how hard photographers have it. And Jimmy is KILLING it. If you didn't know, he took most of the shots for this site. THANX. And Cullen, yeah, Cullen is killing it.But I wanna brag about one of my Flagler boys. Lance Moss is ablolutely living the life right now in Nicaragua. I can't even put it all into words so just do yourself a favor and go to www.surfaricharters.com and see for yourself. Book a trip, go to Nica and get your head right. For further evidence buy the current Transorld Surf and check it. Lance gets some play and you'll trip on Jimmy Wilson's flying duck dong and then Ropero blowing doors at Rocky's. SSSOOO SSSSIIIICCCCKKK.
Drew

posted by drew

Friday, April 23, 2004

Everybody always comments on how cool my job is, and how much fun it must be to be my own boss and all. Yeah, I really like it, EXCEPT, it's hot, dirty, I don't make any money, I'm always here late........but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Wanna know the best part? Playing Santa all the time. I love cruising down 95 with a new batch of boards and knowing that there is some kid just drooling, waiting for me to show up. I seriously love that!! Like this week, after 10 years I finally got some hats and t-shirts. (They will be up on the site for sale soon.) But I got to play Santa driving all around to my boys, dropping off some free gear. I sent one to Mom and Dad, and that reminds me that I gotta send one to my baby sis. Yeah, that is the best part. Then there's getting to surf whenever I want, figuring my own schedule, fumbling on the internet for hours and calling it work, and those beautiful 3 months when it's freezing and nobody needs boards and I can fish all day.....................
Drew

posted by drew

Wednesday, April 21, 2004


posted by Jayson

What a good day!! I hope you guys are feeling as good as I am right now. I'm getting married in 7 weeks. I'm so fired up. I'm going to California for my bachelor party to get my surf on with my boys. It was supposed to be a warm up for the honeymoon in Costa but it's been so long since I have travelled that I forgot we need passports to go anywhere. So, we'll probably be chillin in the keys..LIFE IS GOOD!! I got new carpet in the shaping room..NICE. And the p's sponsored this computer for the factory so I can babble at you guys anytime I feel the urge. This is the best year for surfboards ever!! I'm so fired up right now, it's definitely the time to order a ssiiiccckkk one. New planer, new carpet, new website, new finish team, watch out, it's on like Donkey Kong!!!!!!!!
Drew

posted by drew

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posted by Jayson

Saturday, April 17, 2004

It's Saturday, the 17th. Go SURFING, then send me some feedback.
Drew

posted by drew

Friday, April 09, 2004

For my first installment of "That's what I think about that" I'm going to
give you guys a copy of a letter that I recently sent to the good people
at Surfer Magazine. I don't think it will ever get printed. In case you
didn't know, now is a dark time for surfboard builders. Surfing is
SSSOOOOO cool right now. This has caught the attention of the corporate
machine. Forever, surfboards have been built by highly skilled, underpaid
craftsmen (or women). Now boards are being built overseas by sweatshop
workers who have never even seen the ocean. You don't need much
imagination to guess that this could put an end to surfing as we love it.
Overseas board companies can undercut the whole market. It hurts American
Jobs. Not only jobs for Americans, but AMERICAN SURFERS!!!!!!!!!
Check it out.

What's going on here? First we get imported, soul-less, molded pop outs
and now we're pushing surfboards built in Thailand, the former USSR, and
COMMUNIST CHINA!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I know I am not the only one who sees the
ultimate devastation for not only the surfboard manufacturing industry but
also our whole industry from the tip-top to the very last drop! If
custom-built surfboards die, we all die. Surfboards, and surfing in
general, are all about progression. This is how single begat twin and
Simon Anderson begat thruster, so on. We must recognize that what we are
riding right now, the most magic stick available is still simply the best
we can do SO FAR! If there are no changes in the current trends, this
could be the absolute end of surfing as we know it! I am not hating on
Surf Tech. New technology is great, we all want lighter and stronger. At
first, I was appalled, I felt that everyone involved was selling out, but
I have accepted pop-outs. I know that if I was approached there would be
no way I could turn down that kind of paycheck, my fiancé wouldn't let me!
Still, the fact is this: pop outs are for kooks! If you are not actively
working with a shaper, you are already blowing it. It is so easy! Your
boards should directly progress with your skills. If you only have a
select catalogue of shapes that come out the exact same every time, where
is the progression? Come on!! In addition, if your shaper does not have
the time to develop your design personally, get a new one. Now on to the
danger of these "Chinese Boards". This is post 9-11 America, people!! We
all have to step up and take some responsibility! All of us; the
distributors, the retailers, the salespeople on the floor, the mags, and
even the general consumers have to tighten up!! We are not only taking
jobs from Americans, but from American Surfers!!! The scary part is this:
the boards look pretty good, and they are cheap! Who can really blame shop
owners from trying to stuff their pockets, it is "the American way" but it
is so near sighted. You are taking a sale that should go to a price-point
label from down the street and giving the money to COMMUNISTS! This could
potentially shut the whole thing down. Why is it so hard to understand, we
do not know where the next big thing will come from but it will not be
from a sweatshop worker who has never seen the ocean before. How do you
say, "this board should work good at Hatteras" in Chinese anyway? If you
don't know where your board was made, just ask. And here is a simple
equation: if you can buy a surfboard where you buy your groceries: DON'T
DO IT!!! So, what is the answer? Well, it is not an entirely new idea but
we have to form a Union. The time has come. In any other industry, this
answer is obvious and would have gone down years ago. Why not in our
industry? The problem is that I am proposing a Union of under-paid,
over-worked, freaked-out, egomaniacs. However, it can be done, the money
is out there. Our great Country will straight-up give it to us. Problems
can be ironed-out. The union must include all American board builders (no
offense to our friends down under) not just for guys who have built a
certain number of boards. Thank God nobody snuffed Al Merrick's dreams
before he built a couple thousand boards. Right? We should all take a
moment and salute the guy down the street working two extra jobs to be
able to afford building a couple of boards a month for his boys!! At the
same time the back yard under cutters have the potential to do as much
damage as the boards coming from the former Czech Republic!! These guys
must be educated as well, and I have to admit that I have been guilty of
not charging enough for a board or two. But there has to be an acceptable
price-point. If you have to under-cut to sell your boards, they probably
suck!! You would be better off getting a job and learning from a master
craftsman or just tighten up, get a real job, and scrape the resin out of
your mom's garage. A Union could not only educate back yard guys and the
general public, but also help the larger companies, and help fund efforts
to push new technology. Like this AST glassing deal, COME ON MARK! I'm
still waiting!!! If this stuff is better, stronger, and you can
practically drink it, why can't we all get it?!?!?! I don't know, maybe a
Union would help you out, buddy, but I can't wait!! To the big boys; if
you need a kick in the swollen ego just ask to take a look at the big book
at Clark Foam. It will change your life. I think it is a beautiful thing!
We are not alone by any means. However, if you think that the "Chinese
Boards" cannot hurt your business, think again. I am not so naïve to think
that you are not with me 100% on this. There are a lot of us, we have to
get together, tighten up, and we can change things. If not, well, I don't
know. We cannot afford to live in the "here and now" any longer. Something
must be done to preserve the art that is building surfboards. I hope that
if I am blessed with a child one day that I can teach him (or her) to hold
a planer, pull the sanding screen, and all of the responsibility that
comes along with it. Last, who the hell do I think I am? I am really
nobody, next month I will build my one thousandth board,
shape-paint-glass-sand. After that, I will never glass or sand again
(hopefully). I am just a kid. I am 26 years old, I do not listen to Rush
Limbaugh while I shape, and I mostly bump my Tupac. But I care. I know I
am not alone. You can contact me through my web site
inspiredsurfboards.com I would even give you my cell # but I don't make
enough money. But don't be scared to write. Remember that haters make the
world go round. I know that you guys have the balls to print this. Tell
you what; give me the letter of the month. I'll take my new Spyder
Surfboard to the shop and give it to the next person who tries to buy a
surfboard with a picture of North America on it, called American
Surfboards, MADE IN THAILAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drew Baggett

posted by Troika

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

This is the second post on Inspired.

posted by Troika

Welcome to "That's What I Think About That", the random babblings of Inspired's shaper Drew Baggett. Word!

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