9’2ish Piggly Hanger: 22 x 3 Matty shape, Bree Color. So much less pressure when friends can make boards pretty on their own.
Swallow season. #tweenqueenweeng #formaximumboatfloating
It feels good to be back home and in the water photographing my friends doing what we do best. - Shawn Pila. Shawn behind the camera, Cliff Kapono on his original 5'10 Kalapana the other day. #cliff4gov @cliff_kapono PC @shawnpila
Pregame wiggles with @obrienanthony and Miss @jackie_fiero last week before today happened. #iDontPickTheMusic #CouldaUsedMoreCowbell Anthony riding a 5’10 RedRanga
Remaking remakes of remakes.
Someone sent me a link to an internet troll forum about “shapers who rip.” My name came up with this photo. I’m not a 22 year old goofy footer from Kaaawa, but I’ll let them think this is me. Sir Thomas Williams, 5’10 Red Ranga somewhere in Central CA. @tomconcepts Pc: @viviankimx 🙏🏼 #redranga #shaperswhorip #flattered
Clean and Clear. (L-R) 5’6 Ranga, 5’10 Missing Link, 6’0 Alpha, 5’10 Red Ranga, 5’9 Red Ranga.
Filthy turtlebayTweenQueening from @patrickjosecalderon and @supersilia Hairflicks... check. Animation overlay... check. Shameless subliminal sales messages... check. These guys know how to party. 5’0”ish x 19 1/4ish x 2ish 20-30 liters roughly. #TweenQueen #InstaSPAM #TickingAllTheBoxes
Cliff doing cliff. Riding a borrowed 6’6 bonzer-inspired 5 fin we put together as a step up for @ka_ito a while back. Photo by @iammoke_ It’s one of my favorites from this winter- can’t tell if this wave is 2 foot or 20... #cliff4gov
Twin fin takeover. 5’6 4-channel Lime TwinPin 5’5 LeFrenchie Twin #marykateandashleyapprovethismessage
I think Cliff was more on the admin side of this project, and felt weird to submitting an edit of himself for the contest he helped organize- so he didn’t. But he still got a few rounds in... First board was a 6’6 TK board I shaped with Pipeline in mind. Second, a single fin Handshaped by @kamaleialexander And the last board was a 5’10 HP twin fin I put together last minute for the contest. #itsforfun #cliff4gov @cliff_kapono filmed by @rocktyler @theprotest.tv @markofoamblanks @advancedresinsystems *if you watch close, I think HaydenShapes makes a small cameo.
Making ‘em a bit better better. This was earlier this season with a stack of Recycled @markofoamblanks EPS and experimental Algae based foam from @arctic_foam . Was honored to be able to participate in The ProTest- a project/contest spearheaded by Sustainable Coastlines and Cliff Kapono and backed by Vans and Surfer Magazine to create some more “eco friendly” surfboards to be sampled and tested by some of the worlds greatest surfers, in surfing’s greatest testing grounds. Please checkout @theprotest.tv and go to Surfermag.com to vote for the best performance on an “eco friendly (er)” board from this winter. #ifyoucantDOgoodDObetter #radiosilenceBROKEN @cliff_kapono @sustainablecoastlineshawaii @theprotest.tv
Twins. The HP kind. #MaryKateAndAshleyApproveThisMessage #theotherMR #teafortwoplease
4’11 AlphaGR with all his little tweaks. @elyjahboy808
This is a new “throwback” late 1980’s model we’re calling the VHS. Flat deck, fuller rails and a bump squash tail. We’re on the third round of revisions and these last couple tweaks have made this thing a crazy fun “no pressure” wave toy. Thanks to @monsterchildren and @imperialmotion for the collab. and to @jordanballardart for the 80’s IM logos. ...and master color work by @abyukiko #GlassOnsOnly #ItsForFun #sl8rhadhair #coolstorybrotellitagain *** If anyone wants this one, it’s slightly used but looking for a good home: 5’7 x 19 1/2ish x 2 7/16
Swipe right. @obrienanthony And @jackie_fiero At it again. 5’10 Red Ranga- 19 1/4 x 2 7/16
Gonna appreciate my job more this year. Can’t deny how fortunate I am to be making pool toys for happy boys and girls and to have found such a solid team of craftsmen and board builders (all better than me) that make my role easier. Big thanks to friends and family and everyone who helps make it “a living worth scraping.” #backonMtNaupaka @linzraynor @tokorosurfboards @abyukiko @mike_delaney_sr @pureglassinc @third_stone_hawaii @prolinkmaterials @fiberglasshawaii @genasano
Last stack of 2017. Thanks to everyone for letting me make your toys. See you in a few weeks. #MtNaupaka
Cliff Kapono, 6’6 bonzer-inspired step up ridden in smaller-fun sized waves. Made this board by request for good friend @ka_ito probably 3 or 4 years ago now. He wanted a bonzer step up and it was one of my first attempts at tapping into the magic cluster/contour combo created and mastered by Malcolm and Duncan Campbell. Friends who care, share. Ito passed it onto @cliff_kapono for a week of wear and tear. #cliff4gov #bONZERinspired #coolstorybrotellitagain #newdadsdontsurfanyways
Couple of smashers for miss @eweleiula 4’11 Missing Link- 16 3/8 x 1 15/16 5’0 Alpha GR 16 1/8 x 1 15/16 #MelonFever🍉
I have some bias on the topic but I think its obvious that @cliff_kapono is leading the world in grace and style in big surf. This was from a few days ago, on a 10’4 hand-shape that definitely wasn’t built with Peahi in mind… he made it work though. Big thanks to @ianbachmann for the loaner, @_mikey_redd for the transport, and @nashowe for the shot. Great work team. #cliff4gov
T O W N About 30 miles farther than I'm willing to drive for waves. @obrienanthony and @jackie_fiero scoring yesterday. Anthony riding 5'10 Red Ranga #october16 #earlybirdspecial
I spent A LOT of weekends losing heats at The Lane growing up. So proud of Diego- 2017 National Gromsearch Champion. Can't think of a harder wave on the planet to show up at and beat the best in the nation. First time dealing with booties, and handled backwashed, triple overhead surf and ultra cold water for a solid national championship win at the buzzer. It was probably just the board though. 😉
Winter been making my eyebawls sweaty 😭 #notpinkeyeiswear #lightsnowfallonmtnaupaka
Nugget TD. 5'6 x 19 1/2 x 2 5/16 #blewd
TweenQueens @gpb__ @ianbachmann summer frolicking. 5'4 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/8 TweenQueen 5'1 x 19 3/16 x 2 1/16 TweenQueenWeeng 🎥 @patrickjosecalderon 🍭 @freecandyproductions #itsforfun
4'10 Red Ranga- 16 x 1 7/8. After almost 4 years of exclusively riding variations and tune-ups of his favorite Alpha models, he's branching out and I couldn't be happier. #happyswerving #lordoflogos @diegoferri_