Ryan Lovelace X Fiona Mullen: Visuals From The Heavens


Ryan Lovelace|Surfboard Shaper

“Do whatever you do intensely. The artist is the man who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering. With him there is an idea which is his life.” ― Robert Henri

In a small neighborhood, on the “other side of the tracks”, stands a small unassuming industrial style building in Asbury Park, NJ.

From the outside, it doesn’t look like anything special, forgettable if even noticeable. From an onlookers view, just about anything or nothing could be going on inside. As I open the door, the distinct smell of resin and the fog of mowed foam fill the air. A small dog sits on a beat up old couch and barely takes notice that anyone has walked in. The dog is relaxed, looking like it would be more at home roaming the “road to happiness” in Puerto Rico or scavenging for food in Baja.

As I move further into the building, I see surfboards sitting on three benches as they are in the process of being glassed. I hear the tonally challenged but beautiful singing of Neil Young and the faint hum of a surfboard planer in the background. Finally, I gently open the door to the shaping room and Ryan Lovelace is hard at work on a surfboard. He paused for a moment from his work to say hello and I introduce him to photographer Fiona Mullen. She has made the trip down to capture Lovelace in his temporary temple of creation, The Heavens. Quickly Ryan gets back to shaping and Fiona begins taking photographs, I leave them to their respected creative expressions.

Lovelace has made numerous trips from his home in Santa Barbara, to New Jersey, to shape boards for Phil Browne and his clientele at Glide Surf Co. Browne and Lovelace have not only built a strong friendship on surfing and a love for unique surf-craft, they have simultaneously fostered a very good business model for a specialized surf shop like Glide through the creation of “The Heavens”.

Featured below is a gallery from Fiona Mullen, as she witnessed and captured Ryan Lovelace.


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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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