Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Many people don’t know that Herbie, Christian, Nathan and Greyson Fletcher are in a barbershop quartet. Oh, yes! Better known as The Fab Fletchers, the guys have taken their act on the road!
And now that Spring is quickly approaching, The Fab Fletchers have been getting ready for their Easter debut performance at the outdoor San Clemente Music Hall.
Nathan has been working awfully hard on his tap dancing, and Christian has been working equally hard on perfecting his three-shuffle cane swing. Greyson’s baritone voice carries the group in their closing rendition of “Bye Bye Blackbird”, and Herbie will bring the house down with his overall charming presence. In other words, it’s going to be a show you don’t want to miss!
So come show your love for The Fab Fletchers. The boys love surfing and skating - there’s no doubt about that - but singing together as a foursome is their true passion.
The Fab Fletchers
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Herbie’s opening for his one-man art show, WRECKTANGLES, at The Hole in New York City was a huge success!
East Coast friends and supporters subjected themselves to the freezing, harsh conditions just to partake in the event that some were calling “where the surf meets New York”. The inaugural celebration was a blast and we think it’s pretty safe to say that Herbie enjoyed the moment as well.
Here is a pictorial write-up of the event from renowned writer and collector Adam Lindemann (The New York Observer), and from Frank151 Magazine.
Herbie Fletcher (Photo by Jade Katz/Frank 151)
Friday, January 4th, 2013
Wave Warriors (Photo by Tom Servais)
To put it succinctly, perhaps Kelly Slater summed it up best when he recently wrote on his Instagram:
“#herbiefletcher pulled together another sick #wavewarriors group shot the other day. Hope he does it for another 20+ years. Good seeing the old guard and the new crew together in one place. Not many people could pull this shot off. Herbie sponsored my brother and I when I was 10yrs old. #legend”
Kelly Slater's Instagram of the Wave Warriors 2012
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
We’ve just got in our Astrodeck inventory for the season. We’re fully loaded with the 123 Nathan’s, the CF grips, the 949 Kolohe Andino’s, the OG Archy…
And now we’re super excited about our new 808 John John Florence Traction Pad. We’re sure that, both the black and white (with inner red), and the multi-color John Johns are gonna sell like hotcakes. And what great timing to get them in stock as the Winter Season kicks in?! The pads are multi-grid with a 45° to vert kicktail, built-in arch, and overall lighter weight.
(808 John John Florence Astrodeck Pads)
We’re also proud to announce the arrival of the new 984 Makua Rothman Astrodeck Pad. This traction is in a solid black color with orange highlights, and also has the 45° kicktail with built-in arch, The pad is lighter in weight, and you’ll feel that on your board while you’re surfing. (By the way, have you seen Makua surf? Do you know what he’s capable of at places like Jaws? He’s so plugged in - it makes us shiver!)
(984 Makua Rothman Astrodeck Pad)
So after you’re finished reading our kick-ass and informative blog, mosey on over to Astrodeck’s online store and order yourself some killer ‘deck - maximum foot grip from the original traction company! You won’t get better traction anywhere else. That’s a given.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Here’s the final installment of “Cote’s Cube” when Chris came by to spend a day at Astrodeck with the Fletchers.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Makua Rothman has always been full of aloha charm, and now it’s resonating into a growing musical career. Taking a cue from the old sounds of Hawaii and blending it with his own modern twist, Makua is making music - and he’s making it sound good as is evident in our D-Side clip here with his song “Sweet Sunshine” playing in the background. Not only can this guy ride the biggest, gnarliest waves, but he can wail on the ukulele, too! Part I of Makua’s interview with Dibi Fletcher for The D-Side.
The D-Side With Makua Rothman: Part I
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Just uploaded. The D-Side Interview with Kolohe Andino.
Oh, girls can you just imagine??? SQUEAL!!!
The D-Side with Kolohe Andino: Part I
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Well, by now you’ve all heard that Nathan killed it during the Billabong XXL Awards. The event took place at the Grove in Anaheim this past May 4th, and all eyes were on shy, unassuming Nathan.
Nathan was nominated for three categories: “Ride of the Year”, ”Men’s Performance” and “Monster Tube Champion”, and true to Nathan’s fashion, when Dave Grohl and his fellow bandmates (of Chevy Metal fame) announced the “Monster Tube Champion” as none other than Nathan Fletcher, homeboy was nowhere to be found.
Heads were turning, eyes straining, the attending spectators both hooting and whispering in hushed tones; everyone wondering where the (unofficial) Surfer of the Year was. For a second there, we at Astrodeck even thought that maybe Nathan ducked out of the whole scene and just decided to go back home to hang with his dogs Mr. Buzz and Boopers. Sometimes it seems like surfing death-defying beastly waves comes easier for Nate rather than being publically acknowledged by his friends, peers and fans.
As Chevy Metal heckled Nathan for missing out on receiving the award - funny and awkward - and Herbie got up on stage as a last-ditch effort to buy some time (”Where are you, Nathan?”), the audience erupted into cheers as Nathan finally made his way through the congratulatory crowd and all their pats on the back.
Up on deck, in front of the masses, as he hugged his proud pops, Nathan was at a loss for words, but still in his typical humble mode as he rattled off his genuine gratefulness to those who mattered.
And thus kicked-off the Billabong XXL Awards…
A big round of applause to everyone who was nominated and to everyone who won. And, of course, we’re especially proud of Nathan. Way to go, Nate!!!
SONY XPERIA “RIDE OF THE YEAR”
WINNER: NATHAN FLETCHER/$50,000 (San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on August 27, 2011. Video by Simon Saffigna/$5,000)
SECOND PLACE: RYAN HIPWOOD/$5,000 (Gold Coast, Australia) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on July 12, 2011.
THIRD PLACE: GREG LONG/$1,500 (San Clemente, CA, USA) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on May 19, 2011.
FOURTH PLACE: JEFF ROWLEY/$1,500 (Torquay, Victoria, Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 30, 2012.
FIFTH PLACE: GARRETT MCNAMARA/$1,500 (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on November 1, 2011.
Billabong XXL 2012: The start of the night.
Makua Rothman and Mickey Nielsen
Nathan on the big screen.
Chevy Metal (or Foo Fighters. Kinda.)
Greg "Da Bull" Noll and a couple of Playboy Playmates.
The always charming Greg Long.
Not sure who the lady is. But that's Tony Hawk... as if you didn't know.
Bruce Irons, Keala Kennelly, and Christian Fletcher
And the winner is...
All these guys had a spectacular year!
Father and son: A proud moment.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
We’ve just received our new inventory of Astrodeck t-shirts, and for this go-around, we thought we’d bring back some of our old school graphics - like the original Astrodeck logo, and the first shirt Herbie ever produced, the Carvin’ Marvin.
How’s this for classic? The Carvin’ Marvin features the late, great Marvin Foster. No one had a backside pig-dog the way Marvin did. Just a week in it’s first run and this shirt is nearly sold-out. Already!
(Above: The Astrodeck Carvin' Marvin T-Shirt)
We also just got in the original Astrodeck logo shirt in both black and heather gray with camo lettering. Sure, go ahead and buy those other brand shirts at Tilly’s or PacSun. Be like everyone else, you hipster donkey. Or you can strut your stuff around in this OG tee from one of the last standing (and still) family-owned businesses who actually surf.
(Abovie: Original Astrodeck T-Shirt in Camo Lettering)
By now you guys have heard that Herbie is working on a new Wave Warriors film. So on the premise of that, we’ve decided to get some Wave Warriors themed t-shirts rolling. Probably get a monthly WW shirt series in the making, too. Of course this shot of Nathan’s was a no-brainer and was our first choice.
(Above: Wave Warriors - Back and Bad! Featuring Nathan Fletcher)
Check out our complete inventory of other shirts and order by clicking on the link below:
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
So if you haven’t heard about it by now, you will be soon enough. Yesterday Herbie gathered together some of surfing’s brightest surfers to start production on his new and upcoming Wave Warriors film that will be released in late 2012.
This happened once before with the original Wave Warriors photo shoot back in the mid-80s, but since then nowhere in the history of surfing will you ever see these cast of characters together for a group pic. Everyone from Rob Machado, Danny Fuller, John John Florence, Bruce Irons, Christian Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Buttons, Rory Russell, Makua Rothman, Alex Knoxt, the Gudauskas Brothers, and a slew of others got in on the act. Oh, yeah, and some guy named Kelly Slater - whoever he is, he was there, too, as was reknowned artist Julian Schnabel.
If you couldn’t tell by the elite list, this was an invite-only shoot of the best surfers on the planet, with loving acknowledgement and memory going out to Marvin Foster, Andy Irons, and Sion Milosky as well.
Past, present, future… we are the Wave Warriors!
December 12, 2011: Off-The-Wall, Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by Jim Russi