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heather ross for walden surfboards

It's nice to be friends with Heather Ross. For one thing, she always knows where really good food can be found (and if you're lucky, she'll share with you). Also, she is a fantastically funny storyteller, which you already know if you are a reader of her blog. And she's super entertaining to travel with (I once saw her catch a frog with her bare hands to use as a prop on a photo shoot, true story!). But the best part of being friends with Heather is that sometimes she asks you to help her on really fun projects.

When Heather asked me to help her design some surfboards using her artwork for Walden Surfboards, I was thrilled. Looking through Heather's artwork, we knew the mermaids were an obvious choice. You can see the original sketches we made above, before we knew the actual dimensions and sizes of the boards which would be used for the final product. Below you can see how the surfboards turned out, and you can even watch a little video of the boards in action over on the Global Surf Industries site.

One nice little touch: We asked Walden if Heather could redraw their logo so it looked a little more cohesive with these designs and Heather came up with this cute turtle. I love the way it looks on the boards and how it still relates back to the original Walden logo.

The beach was a big part of my childhood in Southern California, and though I'm not a surfer myself, I've always been surrounded by that culture. My family and I left New York several years ago and moved back west, and it's been so nice to be close to the beach again. My children love the ocean, just like I did when I was a kid. They can spend all day making sandcastles and playing with the waves, visiting the tide pools or digging for shells. There are definitely times when I miss living in the city, but during the summertime in Southern California... there's no place I'd rather be.

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My girls are both at an age where they want to surf...and they love mermaids. They will be begging for a board like this, I'm sure. We love living in Southern CA. Niether of us have ever lived anywhere else (well, except for my husband who lived in Scotland for 18 months). We visit other places, and I get a little envious of the beautiful locations, but I always see those places during the summer. I don't think I'd be a good snow or constant rain person. We have no plans to move. :)

07.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaP

Its great to have a friend who knows the best food!

07.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDolly Daydream

those surfboards are beautiful. when i move back home hopefully i will have my own surfboard and i think i'd love one of these. we'll see if i can get one in fuerteventura.

07.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

those are just too cool. they make me want to move to the beach and buy a surf board!!

I think I may need to learn to surf! Love your adorable blog!

07.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

You said:

"Summertime in Southern California . . . there's no place I'd rather be"

I say:

You are so right! What a good reminder to go to the beach, since it's almost August!

Thanks and what a great blog.

07.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila@Chinaberry

We live in Ventura and my husband (who surfs) has been looking at a Walden paddleboard for awhile now. We go to the shop frequently to look at paddleboards, I'll have to look for your beautiful design next time I'm there!

08.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Wow...lovely designs. Whimsical yet funky...
Really enjoying your blog...the great ideas and the design!

10.25.2011 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne

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