The crew over at Almond Surfboards & Designs held a little gathering this past Friday for friends, associates, peers, investors, shop rats, wanderers, freeloaders, tourists and anyone else who have stumbled upon the groovy shop on Old Newport Blvd. While the event doubled as a chance to promote a few new developments in the world of Almond, it mainly served as a good time for good people.
The highlight was the folky brother duo, The Smart Brothers. Armed with a range of instruments, an awkwardly funny sense of humor, black suits and ties (a la The Blues Brothers), and a simple, yet soothing foot-beating sound, the brothers kept the crowd enraptured by the pleasant hour-long set. Words can rarely do good music justice, so listen for yourself. Find 'em here. This is certainly NOT for the rap-aholic out there.
The new Almond unveilings were the super-stylish, somewhat retro boardshorts (in a range of colors), a few t-shirt designs, and a teaser of their in-progress video project (the gist is that Nathan Adams is silky smooth slider, or in shortboard terms, he rips).
I've talked about the Almond team and their faithful, ultra-friendly leader, Dave Allee before, but if you want to find out what may be coming up in the near future or just want to check out what all the fuss is about (the boards are constantly moving in and out, always something new and eye-catching on the racks), walk in and say 'hey!' Everyone's nice, knowledgeable and willing to chit-chat.