We posted this yesterday on our Facebook page, we were touched by the outpouring of support for our dear friend and thought it was worth reprinting the pos for those of you that are not on Facebook. I think we can all agree violence in and around the sport of surfing has to stop.
We are frustrated and saddened to hear that there has been another attack at Ventura's Surfers Point ( a.k.a "C" Street )this morning, and the attack was on one of our dear friends. She is a beautiful person and passionate surfer. The bully is about 6'2, 200+ lbs., we know who he is because this isn't the first attack. What made this attack especially pathetic is this bully went after a women, and one who is about half his size.
An equally awful part of the bullying is the crew of grown men that watch and applaud the bully. It's bad enough that high school kids act like this but grown men? Where are the hero's? Where are the independent thinkers? Where is the honorable man that will come to the rescue of a victim?
For those of you who condone, support or even joke about violence in the water or worse do nothing..your followers. Not a leader among you! It's hard to be a leader, it takes guts.
To the followers...we are tired of hearing how much you hate SUP'ers, longboarder's, shortboarders, kooks, whatever your gripe is....as if that justifies bullying. Save your hate for things that matter. Hate child abuse, hate poverty, etc. but don't waste your hate on a surfboard or a wave. To the haters..get out of your small world and your big ego and grow up.
Tim McWilliams is one of Walden Surfboards favorite people. We have never met Tim in person but all of us here at Walden Surfboards over the years have spent time on the phone with him usually about custom surfboards. Tim is the kind of guy that is always happy, always up and always appreciative, not the kind of guy you would have suspected had suffered any real loss. Somewhere along the way Tim causally told us about the Timbo fund, which helps people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Tim's son had a TBI and died in 2005.
We wanted to bring more awareness to Tim's efforts so we asked if he could in his own words explain how the Timbo fund started... "In 2001 our beloved son Timbo at 27 years old was mugged in a violent act that left him with severe Traumatic Brain Injury after brain surgery he had a long road to recovery, as he had to learn to walk, talk and do many things over again. He fought bravely and on the road to recovery positively affected everyone around him and showed tremendous courage and unselfishness. His concern was always how the injury had affected the family and those around him not himself. Unfortunately in 2005 he was in a fatal car accident.
At his funeral one of his closest friends coined the slogan Fight, Live, Love, Heal, It became our mantra and helped us form the Timothy C. McWilliams Foundation to benefit victims of TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury. Since that time we have given just under 1 Million dollars to those who suffer from TBI.
TBI is a most difficult condition and takes years to overcome, at whatever level the individual can attain. It is costly and extremely difficult on the families both financially and emotionally. We decided shortly after Timbo’s death that we would give back, helping those who we could help with costs and services beyond what medical or insurance needs offered.
Tim was an avid surfer and it was the first athletic thing he was able to accomplish upon his recovery. He loved being in the water. Each year since his passing I get together with my son Michael and many of Tim’s friends and we go on a surf trip as I had promised Tim we would do. Life gets in the way and family’s are so busy now. These trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Barbados, Ricon Puerto Rico,the Virgin Islands have helped us feel close to Tim, surrounded by his friends.
Take the time to do those things if you can. The experiences are far more valuable than another soccer game or whatever activity your kids are into. Time with just family or friends is the most valuable time we can spend. We continue to raise monies for the Timbofund and to spend time in the water doing what he loved to do, as there is no time we feel closer to him."
We encourage you to visit the Timbofund.org and read more about this amazing organization.
“Everything is Jake” is a saying from the early 1900′s which translates to everything is “fine” or “satisfactory.” Nick Kuchar is the talented artist who designed our "Vintage 1965" t-shirt design and the man behind "Everything is Jake" designs. We asked Nick to design a t-shirt that reflected our brand as well as our connection to Ventura, Ca. Nick did a great job of incorporating our favorite local surf spots into this now best selling design. We started with just t-shirts and added tanks and hoodies.
A little about Nick...Nick is from Florida and received a degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University. He enjoys baseball statistics, listening to The Who, indecisiveness, air, and driving his VW bus. He does not enjoy splinters, cold weather, or sea monsters and is quasi-afraid of cold cuts. After graduating college, Nick worked for several years in the industry designing trade show exhibits along with interior displays and kiosks. Longing for the beach, he and his wife sold their house, quit their jobs and drove across the U.S. to the west coast, where they flew to Hawaii.
Nick is continually studying the use of colors, text, shapes and materials around him to further his knowledge of art and design. He currently lives on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. We are looking forward to partnering with Nick again for some new winter 12' designs. For more info on Nick visit his website at www.everythingisjake.com
and follow Nick on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EverythingIsJake
The NY times says the hat is back, was it ever gone? http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/home-run-the-baseball-hat/ . Check out all of our hats at http://www.waldensurfboards.com/collections/mens-hats
Just Arrived! Our new molded Mega Magic's and the board bags to go with them. Our best selling Mega is still available in the SLX construction at Walden dealers in sizes 7'2, 8'0 & 9'0. The new molded Mega Magic is only available direct from Walden Surfboards online or in our Ventura, Ca. store, available in sizes 7'6, 8'0 & 9'0.
About the Mega Magic design: The Mega Magic is our widest Magic with the most condensed volume. We take volume from the length and redistribute it to the width and thickness while maintaining our famous Magic performance. The Mega has the classic Magic elements: hard rails, concave bottom & lots of rocker. About 1/2” - 1” thicker and 1-2” wider than a standard board. The Mega Magic will float like a board that is 12-18" longer. For the bigger guy that normally rides a 10', with the Mega he can ride a 8'-9' without giving up float or stability.
We built the Mega Magic assuming there would be a board bags to fit it, there weren't so we built our own Mega Bags. The new Walden Mega Board Bag is made especially wide to handle 24"+ Mega's. Blue with black trim and Walden Performance logo.
Top load zip, fin slot, side carrying handle and strap. Sizes: 8'0, 9'0, 9'6 & 10'0
Welcome! We are so excited about the launch of our new website. We were not really planning on building a new site this year but our old site crashed and crashed big, so big our old web team couldn't fix it to our satisfaction. After a bit of a scramble, some frustrating and long nights trying to patch our old site we decided to start fresh. We ditched the old firm and went on the hunt for a new web team that could better understand our needs and build the site we always wanted. It took us 6 weeks to find the right team and another 12 weeks to build the site but we think it was worth the wait.
What is new...hopefully you will notice the updated look, besides being bright and bold we simplified the navigation. Some cool new features, we added filters so you can find a board based on it's size, shape even your ability. There is a lot more but we will let you page though and discover the changes yourself. We also know in the beginning there will be lots of mistakes that no matter how many times we have proofed the site we will miss something so please let us know what you find.
Enjoy the new Walden Surfboards website, we will continue to add more product, features, photos and information in the coming days!
The Walden Crew