Thank you all so much. Just a lot of thanks, and “i’m good.” Thats the short version, for anyone who want’s a quick read and tries to keep their instagram light and simple. All the sappy stuff is in the comments or at the end of this post so you can just read this next part and stop when it gets to anything that makes you cringe. Here’s an update: I’m doing pretty good. Every cut or concussion or broken bone or beating i’ve ever had has healed, and this time won’t be any different. My head is feeling a bit foggy. I get confused and pretty forgetful. Its been hard to text/type with the busted hand, which has been frustrating because phone calls are way easier, but easily forgotten. (still best to shoot a text if you wanna reach out.) All in all, my body is doing a good job regenerating- sleeping, healing, recovering. Getting better. i FEEL different. I feel emotional and raw a lot of the time. I feel very lucky, very loved. I wasn’t ready for all this support- the kind messages, the dinners, donations, help with the house, chauffeur trips, and all of the social media stuff. Its been overwhelming - thank you all so much. Friends and family have been mega helpful, and we’ve been blown away by how much love has been sent in one form or another by complete strangers, or friends of friends, or people who have read something somewhere and felt compelled to help. So much good in the world. - Thank you Lindsay for doing ALL THE THINGS, and Parker and Isla for giving me something to scrap for. Love you all.
Hey friends, Lindsay here taking over MAtty’s insta for a moment: We wanted to get ahead of the coconut wireless and let everyone know that Matty’s OK. Around midnight last night a couple people broke into our house while we were sleeping. Matty was asleep on the couch and awoke to the intruders who attacked him. This led to a huge scuffle that ended with matty sustaining a few stab wounds to the neck and side and then the intruder getting knocked out and then choked out. Right at the end of that altercation the second intruder came from behind and hit him over the head with a paving stone from our yard knocking him unconscious. He was out cold for some time and woke up bloodied, bruised, and concussed, with a disclocated shoulder and some jacked up elbows and fists. He was transported to Queens where they stitched the minor cuts, ran X-rays and a CT scan. He was really lucky. The head trauma and the shoulder/hand are gonna take a little time to heal, but he shouldn’t be out for too long. (He’s never been one to take it easy!) For now we’re just dealing with damage control, assessing what (if anything) was taken, figuring out how to keep surfboards moving along, how to make some income the next couple weeks, and working to feel ok sleeping in our house again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to friends that showed up in the middle of the night and all day today to watch over our kids; keeping them blissfully happy and unaware of this craziness. Please everyone - look out for each other and your neighbors and lock your doors!! (If anyone has an intimidating dog with a ferocious bark that they’d like to loan us for the next few weeks that would be nice. 😏❤️)
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