ODE TO SIMPLICITY: Carpenter, Artist, Shaper, and Surfer Andrew Strode

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ODE TO SIMPLICITY

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

This short documentary portrays Andrew Strode, a carpenter/artist/shaper from Cape Town, South Africa. A passionate surfer with a love for nature and craftsmanship, Strode talks about wood as his favourite raw material for building boards, bodysurfing, his blind dog that is addicted to the ocean and the important role simplicity plays in his life.

Andrew Strode lives in Muizenberg, South Africa, where he paints, makes sculptures out of recycled T-shirts and shapes for Wawa Wooden Surfboards. This little wooden surfboard company matches his ideas of quality, respect for our roots and his belief in the sanctity of nature. Andrew’s shapes are inspired by the intuited hydrodynamic genius of the ancient Hawaiian board builders.

more about Andrew’s work:
Art Portfolio: issuu.com/andrewstrode/docs/a-strode-artworks
Surfboard designs for WAWA: wawawave.com

 

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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