Devon Howard x Tyler

by The Editors on March 26, 2013 · 9 comments

Cardiff by the Sea’s Devon Howard rides a Tyler Surfboards 9’6″ Double Stepdeck, with 10″ 4A Greenough single-fin. The outline of this board was inspired by those being ridden by Nat Young, Bob McTavish, Russell Hughes, Peter Drouyn, and Midget Farrelly in the 1967 surf film Hot Generation, by Paul Witzig. Film by the talented Erik Derman.

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ddansan March 27, 2013 at 3:12 am

i thought the “hot generation ” boards were shorter..
and not for nose riding?
i just watched it the other day…
the whole vbottom thing ..maui..honalua bay
8′ range…
thus spawning the new retro hot generation boards by kirk putnam
and brian hilbers…etc..i have a G&S Vbottom…that comes from just asfter that period..
just asking


admin March 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

Good question. The text was taken from the Vimeo post, but I agree with you that the Hot Generation featured boards that you have described in your comment.


Devon Howard March 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

90% of the film is on 9’4″ and over longboards. V-bottoms enter at the very end during the last section of the film at Honolua Bay. I encourage you to watch it all! The lead up before V-bottoms is what inspires me. Everything in the movie is epic.


ddansan March 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

i have , watched the film many times
along with fantastic plastic machine
seas of joy
inner most limits of pure fun
moring of the earth
i guess the surf before the honulua
doesn’t resonate as much with me..
i dunno i guess it’s just me,
vbottoms are not hype…
ive ridden my G&S and PHD hot generation boards
in many places and condition
they work fine…same as hulls.

Chris March 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

That was an *enjoyable watch.


Edfactor March 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I believe the period of board that Devon is riding is from like 1967 and 3/4ths, June 22nd at about 12:11. Devon rips, but is the slow-motion necessary? I agree with Mr. Howard that the surfing up to the V-bottom is bitchin’. The V-bottom was all hype and of course worked in great point break surf. Perfect example of V-bottom hype in my opinion is the surfing in Plastic Fantastic Machine during the contest of the Aussie vs. Windnsea. I thought Purpus and Bigler ripped on the spread eagle turning V-bottomers. Nat’s monologue at the end (the scene of him pondering existence on the cliff) makes me gag, but that’s another topic.


Devon Howard March 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hey Ed, i enjoyed your comments. Slow mo? I think that was was dictated by the edit’s music choice, as well our intent of showing the subtleties of the double step deck in action. There are little micro tweaks and adjustments in the pocket allowed by the step deck and tail. In fast motion you don’t see it as easily….But, like ice cream, surfboard fins, body types, etc., we all kinda like something slightly different. We had about 40 waves from that session that were nice so maybe another cut will come out one day in real time speed. Until then, enjoy the ride. Best…


ddansan March 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

don’t get me wrong…
i appreciate the surfing in the hg and yours…
i just favor hulls and hg boards..sorta like the ones in
fantastic plastic…

Daniel Hernandez April 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

The turn at 0:28 and the tip ride at 1:20…yew! Ripping!


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