Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Yesterday we spent the day with some great friends at Solana Beach, California where we are currently making surfboards for our US market. The weather at this time of the year here in California is gorgeous and we whiled away the hot, breezy afternoon on the balcony of the lovely Jayla and James watching the surf and eating James' homemade gourmet pizza made from his home grown organic vegetables...yum!
While there Jayla introduced us to her new line of sparkling beverages, Bon Affair all natural wine spritzers which we happily sipped in the sunshine...if you are one of the many people who can't stand all those sweet mixers, find a few wines a bit heavy especially during the day and feel bloated after a couple of beers then these new concoctions of Jayla's will be right up your alley..!!
Jayla first came up with the idea when she worked as a product specialist for global brands, Diesel and Burton. Coming from the action sports/apparel industries ourselves we know that a great deal of business and networking is done in a social environment which more often than not ends up being a 'big night out'...heaps of fun but not so conducive to work the next day..!! After a few years of being in this industry Jayla knew that there had to be a way she could partake in all the fun and games but still feel fresh enough in the morning to go for a jog, then head into work and comfortably tackle all the responsibilities of the day ahead. This is when she started experimenting at home with some of her favourite wines, purified carbonated water, grape seed extract and best of all electrolytes (essential body salts lost by dehydration, a side effect of alcohol consumption). And no sugar (and no fake sugar either...yay).
Although Bon Affair isn't officially allowed to say 'Drink without the hangover' but we'll tell you that we woke up the next morning feeling bright, chirpy and fully hydrated..!!
Try it for yourself....and tell Jayla we sent you...!!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The best product placement award goes to our good friend Phil Brown who was in Kelly Slater's Team for the Surfer's Against Suicide contest in Sydney recently and that's why his custom D'Arcy Surfboard was in Kelly's tent...Good On Ya Phil..!!
We've just shown the last 30 seconds of the Occy x Kelly Slater interview here as it's quite a long one but for the full interview go to http://youtu.be/Me9fZ3wvsJA?
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Spirit Of Akasha is a new film and soundtrack celebrating 40 Years of MORNING OF THE EARTH. It is a compilation of filmmakers, musicians and surfers showing that "the spirit of Morning of the Earth hasn't really changed - it was about people enjoying an activity that interacts with nature, which as surfers, we still do today."
We especially love this clip from the film by the extremely talented Mickey Smith as he grew up on the West Coast of Cornwall and beautifully captures the rugged, cold energy of the Cornish and Devonshire coastlines we just experienced in the 6 months we recently spent there.
Musician Ben Howard featured in the video is a 22 year old surfer songwriter from Devon who's reputation is growing globally for his melodic, rootsy folk music.
Check out a short preview of Spirit of Akasha below...
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Dee Why Pounding: Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons led the way on day one of the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic.
|Laura Enever took a pounding out at Dee Why but could laugh about it later: "Almost died twice today. When this happened and when I saw this photo.|
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
|Happy Clint with his new D'Arcy board painted by his wife Bindi|
When you approach a world class shaper having never surfed before to shape a board you expect some kind of ego, instead Stuart sat at our kitchen table for an hour and had a very down to earth chat. A few weeks later with some artwork in between resin by my wife & little girls, what was returned to us was nothing short of a work of art. From the first email to the finished product was such a pleasure. Darcy & the entire family are the most beautiful people and nothing beats the feeling of learning to surf at our local Kirra on a board handmade solely for you. Save the dollars, get the board. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks heaps mate, loving it!
Thanks for the kind words Clint....it's the best job in the world...to make people happy...!!! Darcy
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thank you for always providing a unique organic experience that cant
be bought from a rack.
Just before summer, I picked up my latest addition to the ever
expanding quiver. Darcy’s Abomb. Designed to put the fun back into
small waves. I had given the Darcy team a few images and colors I
wanted the spray to be based on, but told them, Kye can go nuts with
his own interpretation. The curiosity and anticipation of that alone
was enough to induce many ocean related day dreams during the hours
of 9-5 leading up to pick up day.
So add to this the desperate desire to learn the way the unborn
member of my surf family feels in the water and what do you get? A
concoction so brutal, that in the week leading up to pick up day, I
learnt new numbers while counting sheep. Friday afternoon the day
before, I got a text from Darcy and Michelle separately, asking if I
wanted to see the spray. I said I wanted to keep it a surprise, kind
of like Christmas eve. So they sent me a link to the blog, where
they had posted it... Just to dangle the carrot in my face. Then
sent an email of some pictures with the subject “open if you dare”.
That night, as the above mentioned cocktail of excitement hit full
effect, sleep evaded me completely, leaving only in its absence a
tangled web of bed sheets and some bloodshot eyes. I arrived at the
factory and couldn’t get the smile off my face. Darcy welcomed me in
and presented me with my new board. The spray was exactly what I’d
hoped it would be and I affectionately welcomed ‘The Robot’ into my
I had to wait a week to let it cure a little more before I surfed it
Michelle and Darc both made me promise). It felt like the longest
week of my life but at least I could lay eyes upon it, wax it and
slap a pad on it. When I finally got to surf it, the swell offered
up almost a whole foot to play on, leaving a lot to be desired. That
trend continued for the next month. I checked every swell chart and
whether observation website known to man in the hopes that they had
got it wrong.. But alas, the dreaded November slum was well and
I caught a glimpse of what just might be the first signs of swell at
the end of the week. I made all the arrangements necessary and put
in some extra hours at work so I could have some late starts.
Thursday and Friday morning, the 2-3 foot playground was Fingal back
beach. The absence of about 4 inches of glass and foam in length
compared to what I was used to, caused me to enter into a kook-athon
for the first few waves. Then it clicked.
With the last of the swell looking like it was dying off, I trekked
up to Double island point to try my luck and luck was on my side.
2-3 foot of clean offshore peelers greeted me and my myriad of
weather wearied salt junkies. ‘The Robot’ must have been under the
impression I was in surf rehab and that he was my last hope, leaving
on his shoulders some heavy responsibilities. He pumped right
through my veins, the strongest reminder of all the reasons why I
was late to school, am late to work and am always “busy with
errands” on Saturday and Sunday mornings as if I’d never known.
The A bomb met all expectations of what was promised and performed
above what I could conceive to be possible in a short board. The
thin rails tuck nicely into pockets and pitts, the extra width and
volume allow me to maintain and gain speed to get through the fat
and sloppy sections or boost off the lip and my turns have never
been so fast and critical. I felt like i’d improved my surfing by
about 2 years. In short, mind = blown. The most fun I’ve had on a
stick since my June July, Indo hiatus. Definitely an ESSENTIAL shape
to have in the quiver. My regular shorty had a brief moment to
shine thanks to the Christmas present mother nature kindly offered
the east coast. However since then, has gone back to collecting dust
as the A-bomb continues to introduce new maneuvers to my arsenal.
The whole experience was unique and organic and for me that is the
ONLY way I want it to be. That’s why I was extremely saddened at the
news of the closure of factory Darcy. Certainly not the end of Darcy
surfboards by any stretch but the end of an era and home to many
memories and parties. A new board shouldn’t be about walking into a
shop and finding one you kind of like, that’s similar to your old
board. It shouldn’t be about saving a few bucks. It shouldn’t be
about grabbing a board from a rack that has been made for a carbon
copy of a man by a carbon copy cut out of a board that was maybe
once hand shaped. Unlike Darcy, questions like ‘where do you surf?’
and ‘wheres your surfing at?’ weren’t considered when shaping those
cheaper mass produced boards. The factories behind them, aren’t
interested in what area of your surfing you’d like to improve. It
shouldn’t be a sterile lifeless errand you need to do like, get the
milk, buy some socks and pick up a new board. It should be about the
whole experience and journey that I’ve ever so briefly touched upon.
The first sit down discussion with your shaper, the sleepless nights
as you imagine what fun your going to have. The phone call that says
“your board is ready”. You should be able to put a face to your
shaper and be able to look at the dimensions and see your name next
to them. Ever since my first Darcy almost 8 years ago, he has always
delivered on his word “your next board should always be better than
Unfortunately, the future of the shaping industry is going to look
differently whether we like it or not. I just hope that when I have
real children, I dont have to try and illustrate to them with words,
but that they too can experience the unique journey as I know it,
and enjoy being a part of the creation of such a beautiful craft.
Thanks for the boards and the Journeys Darcy
|Benjamin checking his new stick|
|Already in Love...|
|Tubed for life...|
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mat. McHugh/The Beautiful Girls New Album TO BE GIVEN AWAY
|D'Arcy Surfboards fan, Mat. McHugh's New Album - Love Come Save Me - FREE|
‘Love Come Save Me’
It’s been 10 years this year, since the rise of The Beautiful Girls and for Mat. McHugh - the man at its heart - he’s seen and tried it all. He’s recorded with the band live. He’s recorded with bits of instrumentation from band members. He’s recorded an album by himself and then taught the band how to play it. He has recorded by himself and remained by himself. He’s released under TBG and he’s released as Mat., he’s toured with horn sections and he’s toured alone. And at the end of each and every album - regardless of differences in the process – there has stood the same incredible element, the foundational purpose of the whole damn thing: the unfaltering support and love of those who have come, watched, listened and danced.
When Mat. recorded his latest album Love Come Save Me he wasn’t sure which way to go. All the elements that had once been separate had, over the past decade, merged into one. He is The Beautiful Girls, The Beautiful Girls are Mat. And as he pondered back and forth under just what banner to release these songs, thoughts of the hundreds of thousand of albums bought and cherished, the hundreds of thousands of faces, from thousands of gigs over many a year and the 75 000 facebook buddies, floated to the front of his mind. The decision was clear: the album would be released under his most honest of monikers, his own name, and it would be a gift. Free. No catch. No bullshit. To everyone who had made the journey possible and to everyone who would like to join him from here on in. To everyone.
A few words from Mat.:
LOVE COME SAVE ME
‘Sometime, shortly before the dawn of the new millennium, I visited a fortune teller down a dusty dirt track in the middle of India. He made many predictions, a lot of which have since come to pass. The most interesting though was that I would make my 'most important creative work' in 2012. I've spent many nights since then wondering how to interpret that prophecy. Trying to work out exactly what he meant. The conclusion I reached was that whatever it was that I was to create had to be about love and, secondly, it had to be shared. I've been blessed enough to be able to spend my entire adult life making music and have been awarded an amazing life. I have found a lot of love and have been gifted many things. I feel like the most 'important' thing I could do is to give something back. So, I have made an album of music that means more to me than any before it. I made the best record I possibly could. I am going to release it as a free download from my website with an option to order a physical copy with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. My only goal is to spread love and give something back to the Universe. I would love for anyone that the music reaches to share it and send it out into the World. The power of 'word of mouth' is almighty. Those that purchase it will be supporting independent music and donating money to keep our oceanic environments healthy through the Surfrider Foundation. Copies of the album will also be available at my shows. I want to take this opportunity to deeply thank everybody that has supported me and my music, whether solo or with The Beautiful Girls, throughout the years. You'll never know how much it means. Please accept this music how it was intended, with love. Feels like we're just getting started ... X, m.’
Love Come Save Me will be available for digital download from www.matmchughmusic.com on April 4th. A deluxe version with 3 bonus tracks will be available for purchase through www.matmchughmusic.com and at all Mat. McHugh and The Beautiful Girls shows. $1 from each deluxe edition album sold will go to the Surfrider Foundation.
www.matmchughmusic.com : www.thebeautifulgirls.com : www.facebook.com/matmchughmusic : www.facebook.com/thebeautifulgirls
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Mat. is currently touring with our favourite band Sublime (with Rome) and we can't wait to hang out and listen to some of Mat's music from his new album 'Love Come Save Me' which by the way he will be allowing his fans to download completely for free over the next few days....check out Mat's Facebook page for more details...http://www.facebook.com/matmchughmusic
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
|Anteaga and Zoran|
Friday, March 16, 2012
What are shapers from around the world are saying about iSurfboards custom surfboard feature?
“The idea sounds fantastic to me. Everything is heading this way by the looks of it.” Cristiaan Bradley, Shaper of Bradley Surfboards
“Super keen to get involved…great idea” Stuart D'Arcy, D'Arcy Surfboards
“Great idea, would be stoked to be associated with the app” Aido Wheeler, Rusty Surfboards
“Good idea and I think it will definitely work well” Jed, Bushrat Surfboards
“This app will work well, we would love to be involved” Rex Marechal, RMS Surfboards
“We would love to be involved and we agree the easier it is to order a custom board the better for shapers everywhere” Dali Pyzel, Pyzel Surfboards
The creator, Matt Jones, is working closely with shapers to add as many options to the custom order form as possible. This is the first available App of it’s kind to ever be available in the App store. Currently there are over 30 of the best shapers around the world who have agreed to get behind the app and be included in the shapers database.
Go to your iTunes store now to download this new app for only A$0.99 and start ordering those boards from your favourite shaper (that'd be D'Arcy right?) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/isurfboards-surfboards-guide/id488985923?mt=8
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Monday, March 12, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
What an awesome movie....if you were ever interested in the pure art of shaping, why shaper's do what they do, the struggles they are up against not just here in Australia but also in the USA and how you can support one of the only hand made crafts that still exist today, then you need to see this doco...!!! Beautifully shot and edited and full of amazing Californian artisans, it's not all doom and gloom and ends with a new movement of hand crafted board makers that focus purely on quality not quantity....Go support independent film makers and the craftsman who risk their own lives to bring you that one vehicle that gives you endless years of pure, natural pleasure....you can down load the movie for US$14.99 at www.manufacturingstoke.com/
|PMK and D'Arcy|
|Pierce and Petra|
|Mish, Pierce and Petra in front of the Great Northern - Byron Bay|
|Darcy and Stixy|
|L-R Geoffrey, Stixy, Darcy, Pierce, Kev and Petra eating Aussie meat pies after the show around a makeshift table, the rubbish bin....lovin' it...!!!|
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
|Darc hand delivers the Asymmetrical Munchkin to BCL|
|Mark Shawyer, co-owner of Black Coffee Lyrics in Surfers Paradise frothing over his new custom D'Arcy Asymmetrical Munchkin|
|Checking the rocker|
|Little bit excited Mark?|
|Look what I've got boys....|
|....and they will never tear us apart....!!!|
|We want one too Darc......Nick admiring Mark's board|
|Darc and Mark|
|Let's grind that Coffee Bean.....coffee anyone..??|
For the best coffee, food and atmosphere on the Gold Coast, go to Black Coffee Lyrics, 4/3131 Surfers Blvd, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast, Australia - Ph: 0402 189 437
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
|Darcy and Nev at the ABC radio studios talking to Nicole Dyer about the upcoming event|
|Bushy Mitchell and Mara Bun presenting|
|What a crowd - all ages and surf craft industry sectors represented...|
|So many people in the surf craft industry are suffering|
|It's so great to see so many representatives from all facets of our industry in one room together discussing contentious issues like adults...|
|The ASCIA will definitely be holding another forum soon as this is such an important topic...|
|Richard Harvey with mic|
|....held at Currumbin's Surf World Museum - what an apt venue for such an important topic...!!!|
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