Mitchell Rae may state his occupation as a ‘surfboard shaper’ on those forms at the airport but his iconic boards with distinctive ‘spirit eyes’ are so much more than just foam and fiberglass – he needs extra lines to add ‘artist’, ‘sculptor’, ‘scientist’, ‘designer’, ‘diviner’ and many other strings to his craftsman’s bow.
Join Mitchell as he waxes about art, design, spirit, physics, life and motion and shares the nuances of a handcrafted single fin flextail he created at the end of the 70’s.
He rode this particular board into the quarterfinals of the Om Bali Pro back in 1980. Earlier this year while up in the Mentawais musician and surfer Donovan Frankenreiter spotted the board, now aged in its mid-30s, and begged to take it for an afternoon session. Peter Hayes also took it for a few outings while filming iON the Barrel in its spiritual homeland in Bali.
If surfboards could talk we reckon this one would have a few stories. No doubt those eyes on its rails have seen some things…
Music: “Reckless Youth” by Tropical Zombie
Filmed and produced by HarroArt. Edited by Monarch Post. © 2014