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Aesthetically Enhanced Accessories

Adding some colour to a routinely dull department.

hardware // May 14, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

There are certain surf accessories you just can’t skimp on. And fins are primary. You don’t necessarily need a leash or a traction pad. But you definitely need those little claws that help you grip to a wave. (unless you’re purposely trying to glide around like the version of Derek Hynd or Ari Browne you wish to be; in which case, go make a statement).

However, because of their practical necessity, it’s easy to be happy with popping in the standard, blank, factory “these come free with your board purchase” fins. Screw them in and away you go. No second thoughts as long your board isn’t sliding out from under you, right? 

Well, the folks over at Gorilla are tired of the monochromatic world of fins. And they’re offering up some colour to add in at your own desire. The Gorilla Artist Series is an ongoing project, where the accessory company seeks out various creatives around the globe and asks them what it means to colour outside the lines. They then take that input and make a set of fins and pads out of it. 

Recently, Gorilla cornered artist Lazy-13 in Japan, and popped the question. How’d he respond? Well, he pointed to a variety of styles and themes ranging from US west coast skate and surf culture that he mixes with traditional era Japanese artwork. Then he added that he’s currently focused on expanding his commercial range and continuing to work and travel, connecting with similar minded people along the way.

Gorilla offered him a hand in his endeavors the best way they knew how: By letting him design some fins and pads. Get your hands on your own pair here.


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