Posted on July 9, 2018
Introducing the Howler Shaper Series
For much of surfing’s existence, commercial surfboards came in rather limited shapes and fin configurations. Sure, there were longboards and shortboards and a few different tail and nose options, but board design stayed in a rather confined lane of options and materials and rarely swerved. If you compare it to beer, there was Budweiser and Schlitz and maybe an occasional Beck’s or Heineken but no one was really making Imperial IPA or Pineapple Kolsch.
Well, that has changed big time in the last few decades and right now we are in an absolute revolutionary period for board design and experimentation. We are excited to be a part of the revolution and team up with some of our favorite, ultra-creative board shapers for our Howler Shaper Series. This series will feature limited edition boards shaped just for Howler by a variety of different shapers and designers from all over the country.
All of the boards (that we don’t take for personal use!) are for sale at Howler World Headquarters in Austin and don our custom Howler Shaper Series logo. If you live nearby, we invite you to come by and check them out in person. You’ll want one.
If you don't live in Austin, don’t worry. We’ll run features on the boards and shapers right here on the blog so you can learn a bit about the folks behind the boards and lust after some incredible shapes.
Featured Shaper: Almond Surfboards
Our first featured shaper is one of our favorites. Almond Surfboards. We feel like kindred spirits with the lads at Almond. They are dedicated to taking the road less traveled and creating unique, heirloom quality stuff for "Surfer-Craftsmen". It all started with their surfboard shapes which we have long admired.
When it came time to put some boards in our Howler World HQ, Almond was one of our first calls. Now, we are happy to stock a few amazing, one of a kind Almond Boards in the shop with a little Howler Brothers design bent. It's all we can do to not take these down off the rack for personal use. Here's a look.
Posted on July 6, 2018
We headed south from the Carolinas down to Apalachicola, Florida in search of any type of seafood, beaches to nap on, and the silver king himself. We got the party started by meeting up with Capt. Chip Smith. That night I am not sure if either of us slept. It was like Christmas Eve. We chased tarpon all day the next day and managed to get one to eat. Watching a fish that weighs over 100 pounds jump in the air like that was unbelievable. Over the next couple days we fished with our friend Tommy and were able to convince 5 other fish to eat a fly, fighting one for an hour and even grabbing the leader. It was an experience we will never forget. Tarpon.. we will meet again someday!!
Apalachicola is chalked full of awesome people and great food. We went to town on some Oysters and some incredible shrimp. A must stop is at Oyster City Brewing Company located in the heart of Apalach. The City is pretty rockin, especially on the third of July. We gathered around with hundreds of other people to watch some fireworks down by the river. It was a good way to prepare for the 4th.
We have learned a lot this week. Like making sure to never get your fingers in the line after a tarpon eats, that you probably should never agree to watch someone’s pet parrot for them, and that Brett Martina can cook some mean barbecue. It was a pleasure meeting everyone down around town and over at Apalach Outfitters! Cheers!
Posted on June 29, 2018
Mexi Log Fest in La Saladita, Mexico is a magical blend of waves, tacos, tequila and friends new and old. The event bills itself as a "Classic Longboard and Lifestyle Festival" but we find that it is so much more than that. It is truly one of the best hangs around.
Consequently, we cannot resist making the pilgrimage each year to take it all in and link up with people from all walks of the surfing world. This year, we asked our friend, filmmaker Evan Adamson, to cook up a little surf vid of amigos Nate Floyd and Tegan Gainan enjoying the spoils. This is Doce Días.
Posted on June 29, 2018
We Left Tennessee and headed for the East Coast! After a couple pit stops we made it to Virginia Beach. The next day we started our way south. It was hard to stay in the van long. It seemed like every few miles we would see something we had to check out.
After cruising through the Outer Banks we arrived in North Carolina. We loved hanging out with the great people at GOP in Wilmington but it was time to head even more south. Charleston, South Carolina. We had only planned to stay a couple days, but there was just too much to see and do.
Our first stop in the city had to be at the incredible Lewis Barbeque. We figured if you are going to do it do it right and order everything on the menu. Big thanks to our friends at Badfish for showing us how to do it. We ended up staying several days in the city eating BBQ and seafood, hanging on the beach at Sullivan’s Island, and floating around out in the low country flats.
The fishing was difficult but we had a blast poling thru the grass. Big thanks to our guide Jorge! To all the people in the Carolinas who we had the pleasure of drinking modelos, eating some kick ass grits, and to the people who let us crash.. Thank you. Each week we always end up talking about how great the people that we get to meet are. The Low country is no different. Adios amigos. Next Stop.. Tarpon country.
Posted on June 27, 2018
Our friends at Indifly set out to create an organization which protects fisheries and provides sustainable livelihoods for indigenous peoples. It's mission is accomplished through the development of community owned fly fishing ecotourism operations that directly benefit from local resource conservation.
Indifly is a forward looking, long term vision that protects people AND place stewarded by Howler Ambassador Oliver White and other awesome people in the fly fishing world. Learn more and see how you can help at indifly.org.
Indifly pioneered it's work in the jungles of the South American nation of Guyana, home of the the rare and incredible Kaieteur Golden Frog. We could not resist putting this amazing little amphibian on a few Howler Brothers staples to help the cause. Hop on the Howler x Indifly : Golden Frog collection
Posted on June 21, 2018
Well, the first week was pretty unbelievable down on the Gulf Coast, but we were excited to head north. After spending a day in Grayton Beach State Park we headed up to Atlanta, Georgia to hangout with our friends at High Country Outfitters. We had a great time grilling burgers for our new friends down in the ol’ ATL. Thanks to everyone who came out!
The next day after doing some SUP Yoga on the Chattahoochee, we headed up to Blue Ridge, Georgia to toss some hoppers for some giant Blue Ridge ‘bows. It was pretty unbelievable watching fish after fish hammer dry flies in the creeks of north Georgia. A huge thank you to Blue Ridge Fly Shops for hooking us up. That was a day we won’t forget!
Next it was off to the best state in the whole bag of 50. The great state of Tennessee! We kicked off our stay in our home state at a buddy’s cabin up in Tellico Plains. If you ever find yourself in lower east Tennessee, take a drive up the small back road up Tellico and make sure to stop at Bald River falls. It’s a sight to see. We headed up to Knoxville for the trade show the following day.
Knoxville is a pretty awesome place. It’s just a short drive to Smoky Mountains, several lakes, and some great rivers. We got to enjoy a cool view of the smokies while zip lining over the treetops with the great people at Climb Works. An awesome experience.
We had some killer food (best Mexican food is definitely El Mezcal) and enjoyed spending time with our family and friends at the local Bearden Beer market and out on lake Loudon. We finished the week off by chowing down on some shrimp with some family.
Thanks to everyone who continues to let us crash, buys us beer, messages us recommendations. It is greatly appreciated!! Cheers
Posted on June 14, 2018
Here we go! As week one starts to come to a very fast end, we would love to share some of our favorite parts of the trip so far.
We kicked off the trip with a little celebration and launch party for the Howler p.i. Mutation Collection at HQ. We had an incredible time meeting everyone and a thank you to all that came up and introduced yourselves to us.
If the party wasn’t enough we got to go out and get “pitted/barreled/ toes to nose-hung12” at NLand surf park with the Howler crew. It was a heck of a fun time and an all around great experience. You have to check this place out if you are around Austin. It will blow your mind.
Austin seems to be chock full of all kinds of great places. From the loads of BBQ to the tacos, the city is rockin' on your taste buds. We tried to beat the Texas heat as much as we could by either jumping into Barton Springs or hopping in the water while we were floating down the lower Colorado while searching for the infamous Guadalupe Bass.
The city was great but then it was time to hit the road! First destination was Corpus Christi to meet up with Capt. Marcus Haralson to chase after some red fish. The fishing was tough but we were able to put a red and a trout in the boat. We also found out how a Mavic pro drone flying into your butt and legs feels like. Id compare it to getting into a fight with a very young but pissed off tiger. Or sitting on your grandma’s demon possessed cat named baby doll.
After fishing, we headed to the Texas coast surf museum and then to Houston to explore the city and to head to a Astros game. A huge thanks to Justin Verlander for the tickets and Howler’s very own Andy Stepanian for the wonderful hospitality and for the recommendation of the (El Tiempo fajitas). This is a must-go-to restaurant if you ever find yourself in Htown. Overall, Texas was great to us.
Our next stop was Louisiana aka Sportsman’s Paradise!
Many people recommended that we hit up Don’s Specialty Meats for some “kick ass boudin”. Of course, we did. We quickly ate our weight in just about every dish that could be made from Louisiana’s famous food and headed out to meet our friends outside of New Orleans. If you have never had a snowball from one of the many mom and pop snowball shops all over the state you are doing yourself a disservice.
The next day we hit the water to chase after some reds with Cptn. Michael Leishman Jr. What an incredible time. We pulled up into the flat with 30+ tailing redfish. The fishing was incredible. After seeing gators and 6+ foot alligator gar we realized how low on the food chain we really are in Louisiana.
The coast of Texas and Louisiana was incredible and we cant thank everyone that helped us along for the first week enough. One week down and a couple more months to go! The party is just getting started.
Posted on May 25, 2018
We recently sent a crew of Howler Hermanos down to La Saladita, Mexico for the MexiLogFest - a mesmerizing compilation of world class longboard surfing, music, culture, and people. Not only is it one of the most amazing longboarding events in the world, but it is spearheaded by Howler Ambassador Izzy Preciado. The crew consisted of surfers Tegan Gainan and Nate Floyd, film maker Evan Adamson, and photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh. Soak up some of Jonathan's images here...and stay tuned for more juicy content from this epic trip. ¡Órale!
Posted on May 17, 2018
We spent some time last week at MexiLogfest in La Saladita, Mexico with our newest Howler Ambassador Tegan Gainan. MexiLogfest in an annual pilgrimage, longboard “competition” and all around good time. Although we have been close friends and adventurers with Tegan for some time now, we wanted to go on the record with him over a few drinks to see what makes him tick. Here’s what we know.
- Arm Wrestling? Several years ago? Definitely not. But the real estate game has him sitting at a desk a lot lately so I think I might have a chance now.
- Rubber raft paddling race? Kam is a paddle machine so he'd take the win on this one.
- Double Dutch? Oh yeah, no question about it.
- Bumper Boats? Absolutely. I don't even think he know's they're equipped with squirt guns.
Posted on May 15, 2018
The Summer is coming on fast and it’s almost time to set our new Privateers, Austin Stapleton and Dawson Leake, out into the wild yonder to roam the US of A in the Howler Van visiting retailers, spreading the word of Howler and having a good old time.
In case you bump into them out on the road, we thought you might want to know a bit about them. Well, they both hail from the Volunteer State of Tennessee, love mixing it up in the outdoors and they are each handy with a camera.
Join us in welcoming Dawson and Austin to the squad and make sure to follow their adventures on Instagram @howlerprivateer all Summer long. Check out their submission video below to see these lads in action.