The Tails

Tunes: Lynyrd Skynyrd


I don’t think there’s one thing that isn’t bad ass about Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their first couple albums are pure southern, honky tonk, raw, rock n’ roll. Here’s a video of them playing live on my birthday 16 years before i was born.

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Before the Crowds!


Ryan and I saw a fun opportunity to jump over to Hawaii and get some fun waves before the whole circus of the triple crown showed up. The waves have been pretty small, but its always fun when its not too crowded and you are in board shorts. Swell is starting to pick up now, so fingers crossed that it lights up and I have some better screen shots to post ! Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.15.09 PM Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.16.39 PM Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.08.39 PM Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.17.19 PM Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.17.58 PM Screen shot 2014-10-09 at 3.09.24 PM

Bella Vita Giveaway!


Bella Vita! The amazing documentary on surfing and the surf culture in Italy that we were apart of is now available for download on Itunes! Bella Vita is our Uncle’s baby and it features Chris Del Moro, Dave Rastavich, Leo Fiorivanti, Parker, and myself. We actually scored some really fun surf throughout our trip!  The cinematography in the film is breathtaking and the positive message of family, love, and camaraderie  is one that should be embraced in everyone’s lives.

We want to give you the chance to WIN A COPY OF BELLA VITA!!!!!!

All you have to do is follow the directions on one of the photos below! Instagram is required… These photos are available on the Youngwisetails instagram account. @youngwisetails

If you want to purchase the film here is the link to the itunes store!

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Inspirations: Taylor Knox


Taylor Knox has been one of my favorite surfers since I was pretty damn young. I’m not sure exactly how old I was when someone first showed me Taylor’s movie “Arc,” but after that I was hooked on his surfing. Taylor is so powerful, compact, stylish, and lays it on rail as well as anyone else. My favorite part about his surfing is that it’s unique. You can see influences in his surfing, but he has his own approach and draws very different lines. Taylor is 40 something now and in amazing shape. We had the pleasure of traveling to Jbay with him last year and he is an epic human to hang out with. Here is a video of him recently in California. Check out the backside roundhouses in here, they’re mental!!! Yeah Taylor!


Kids researching Taylor’s surf parts should be part of your homework assignment for the rest of the school year!!!!

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Board Blog


So as everybody knows, surfboards are a very important piece of surfing. Lucky enough for Conner and I, we have one of the biggest surfboard manufacturers in our backyard! Channel Islands definitely produces some of the most well made surfboards and we live just down the street from the factory so we are always in and out talking with the shapers about what we want our boards to be doing. Lately, I have been working on my boards for the World Junior Championships held later this month in Portugal. A lot of my focus has been on finding that magic thickness on my boards matched with the right amount of rocker to fit the curve of the wave. I have found that I really like the amount of rocker that the Fred Rubble has for the more average slopey waves that we end of surfing most of our contests in. So with that good rocker, I have been going through various thickness to find the one that feels best for me. These two boards are Fred Rubbles that are 5’10” x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4. However, the one on the right is 2 1/4 – , meaning that the thickness is taken down on the rail so it can bite into the wave face a little faster. With these two boards I have been using the Future Fins AM1 template made out of all fiberglass for a nice stiff and drivey feel. And as for the paint jobs go, the one on the right is inspired by my favorite surfer, Bruce Irons. I watch Bruce surf more than anybody and in all of his old Volcom surf movie parts he was running this paint job and absolutely RIPPING! so yea… I’m a copy cat ! The one on the left is kinda just be throwing some paint down. Both are done with spray paint and paint pens.

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Dims: Fred Rubbles 5’10” x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4

Fins: Future Am1 Template

Paint: Taped off the design, and then sprayed with Montana Spray Cans,  and then outlined with Posca Wide Tip Paint Pens