Finding The Rainbow Bridge
The sharing of salted stoke did abound at the Emporium of Postmodern Activities on Saturday August 15th as the fairly-annual Deus Surf Swap kicked off under clear skies and a sweltering sun. While the sub-par swell forecast disgruntled local waters, the Deus parking lot was sporting a heavy line-up for the land faring fish.
Setting the groove was the multi-talented Dano Forte and his Jukejoint Freakshow of Rhythm and Blues along with his company of instruments. The Wall Of Foam on the side of the Deus Cafe and around the front grew bigger throughout the day with single fin logs, short sticks, and pre-90s guns as the sellers haggled with the salty hunters. Kio and the Yellow Rat crew where out in full force with their vintage beachwear proving that classic California style is alive and well and endlessly awesome. Derek and Lauren out of Topanga Canyon tailgated out the back of their workshop-gone-surfmobile with their beautiful handmade DL Skateboards. The talented duo also added to the musical performances of the day with a set of brilliant instrumentals. Surf Swap regulars Ryan and Raquel from Dutch Surfboards were slanging some radically crafted wooden handplanes and piapos along with hand-sewn felted curiosities. Isaac from Bird’s Surf Shed came up from San Diego with a handful of special pieces from the legendary collection. Also up from the south was David and Wade from Orange&Park with their clean and informative screen prints combining geography with clever typography. It was great to have the amazing collections from Cary Weiss and Ray Flores of Dog-Town and Z-boys pedigree, real old boys who have lived thru the innovations of surf. Troy Elmore, a good kid with roots in the southern California surf, skate, and and chopper culture, showcased some of his own board shapes along with a neat collection of analog chopper bric-a-brac.
One of the best things about the Deus Surf Swap is that you never really know what you’ll come across at the Deus Surf Swap. Case-in-point, sitting quietly against the back wall nestled in a sea of color, there it was… a diamond in the rough… the Rainbow Bridge (1971) movie poster!
If it wasn’t for the enthusiasm of all the vendors, collectors, musicians, and all the people who came out to indulge in the timeless flavor of classic surf culture, The Deus Surf Swap would cross over the Rainbow Bridge… and this time we’re not talking about the Jimi Hendrix movie but the place where goldfish go when you flush them down the toilet. Thank goodness for these salty dogs who are living the single fin life and keeping California surf heritage afloat!
Photos by Mackenzie Duncan