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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Spacepin Testing Pt II

Newport Beach//CA
Photos: Erica Burtrum

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stayin' Warm

Trevor and B.I.G.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

For Sale: Matuse 5/4/3

Brand new. Never been worn, tags still attached.
Size: M
Email me at:

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Dinner

Derek blowin' bubbles all over the place
Natasha enjoying the evening light
50 mm|f 1.8

Monday, December 26, 2011

North By Northwest

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Ten Piggies Over!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

F.ush//Newport Beach

Ryan kindly let us borrow Trevors fish over Winter Break.
It's a really fast, really flat fish that rockets through sections like nobody's business.
"It's a pretty complex board both top and bottom, but in a nutshell it's usually got a flat front foot area and a concave deck on the back foot, with turned down rails and lots of hard edge. the bottom is a slightly vee'd nose transferring into a triplane middle with either a single or double concave depending on the fin setup for each particular board. The rocker is pretty flat through the back 2/3 of the board but has a nice lift in the nose for ultra shred capabilities." -Lovelace
Photos: E. Burtrum

Christmas Eve Sunrise

It's been really, really cold in the morning...
Photos: E. Burtrum

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thirty Eight Degrees Fahrenheit

A freezing offshore morning at a fun little sandbar, not too far from here...

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Wednesday, December 21, 2011


A few from my birthday dinner a little while ago.
I know some pretty fun people.
Thanks for making sure I got home in one piece...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shaper Interview//Mason Dyer

I did a quick little interview with shaper extraordinaire, Mason Dyer recently about shaping, surfing, and what influences him.

I met Mason my Freshman year at Point Loma, and am constantly stoked on what he keeps coming up with.

1. How did you get into shaping?

I did ding repair through highschool so I already knew how to glass pretty well. After years of getting boards that weren’t even close to what I asked for from the shaper I was riding for I finally decided to try to make my own. The first few didn’t turn out to hot but as I got some practice they started getting better and better.

2. What do you enjoy most about surfing?

Surfing is just flat out fun. That’s why we all started, because it was fun, nothing else. I try to remember that when I’m sitting on a 9'6 but it feels like a 6'6'' because I have gained like 30lbs and am surfing like crap but it is still fun.

3. What kind of shapes do you enjoy working on the most?

Short stuff is super fun but I have been really into shaping Malibu chips for the last 18 months or so. Its crazy how versatile those outlines were. By tweaking the rocker, rail and fins on them they can become this missing link in logs. I’m addicted for sure. They can definitely do it all. Trim, turn, noseride etc.. and they do it well.

4. What is the hardest part about what you do?

The hardest part is for sure balancing shaping with my job at captain fin co. I work for Mitch full time over there [Capt. Fin] from 9-5 then get done and mow foam for a few hours. It gets to be pretty crazy some weeks, but I for sure get the best of both worlds.

5. How does shaping influence your daily life?

Its cool having my 2 jobs work so closely together. My shaping helps me with Captain Fin because I understand how fins work with board design. Captain Fin on the other hand has really pushed my shaping because I am constantly thinking about fins, design and how it all works together.

6. Who influences you?

There are a few doods who really do for sure. Mitch Abshere for sure. I learned most of what I know from him. Brian Bent is another who has pretty much been a mentor to me for the last 2-3 years. Lastly, Jeff McCallum. Those guys all march to the beat of their own drum and really keep their eyes on their own paper. Its refreshing knowing guys who don’t just look over everyone else's shoulder and rip of what they are doing. There is a lot of that in this industry for sure. Especially in shaping.

7. What keeps you motivated?

Progression and experimenting. I am addicted to tweaking aspects of both board design from a shaping standpoint and a glassing /artwork standpoint. A board has to work 1st but it also has to sell. For example I have probably changed the Jetson model (Malibu chip) slightly every single time I shape one. If you look at the 1st compared to the most recent they are complete opposites. I also love making stuff with my hands. It’s pretty addicting.

8. What's next for Mason Dyer?

A lot. I have some pretty rad stuff on the horizon. Some I cant tell you about just yet but it will be pretty sweet for sure.

What I can say is I am definitely going to keep designing fins and staying involved over at Captain. I am so stoked and thankful to be a part of that program. We have some insane fins coming out this spring featuring the best surfers, shapers and artist out there.

I will also continue to keep expanding my shaping business. I have some super solid shops and distributors set up that are really pushing things and taking it to the next level. I also have some rad stuff in the works that should be out by summer ‘12 so keep your eyes open for that too.

More than anything I am just stoked and thankful to be able to do what I truly love doing and make a living doing it.

Check out more great stuff that Mason’s got going on over at: The Dyer Brand

Monday, December 19, 2011


Hayden & Callen Heading Out...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Early Evening Rincon Sliding

A few from a fun little day trip up North to pick Greg up from school

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tuck & Go

Thursday, December 15, 2011



"Feet don't fail me now... Take me to the finish line."
So close to being done with Finals.
Ready to go back home; sleep, surf, and relax...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mark Carter

Winter Whomping

Hayden and Callen//Salty Shapes

Valley Of Scum

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5'7" Gato Heroi for Sale

Super sick little nugget from Gato...
Got it when he was still in Costa Mesa a little while ago, I just never have the time to ride it.
As far as I know, there isn't another one out there like this one.
Email me if you're interested:

Sand Dune Sunrises

Callen and Hayden at a fun little sandbar not too far from here...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boat Trip

Had the chance to catch a ride with my roommate, Denny and his Dad on their boat to surf a really fun little reef not accessible by car, this morning.
We were able to watch the sun rise from the water, over the cliffs. Spectacular.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Matuse Wetsuit Sale

Don't forget to stop and check out everything going on over at 5040 Shoreham Place, San Diego, CA 92122 today!
Lots of sweet deals on brand new suits (from '09, '10, and '11). Whether it's a top for the Summer, or a toasty 4/3/2 to keep you warm over this winter, make sure it's a Matuse!
1. John being a good CEO and helping the customer find the perfect suit...
2. Taylor and Joe enjoying the morning.
3. Matt making sure everything's running smoothly.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Salty Shapes|Hayden and Callen

Check out what Hayden and Callen have going on over at Salty Shapes.
They are located right here in sunny San Diego, with handplanes in Mitch's Surf Shop and Aloha Sunday