Herbie will be in Oahu this week to promote his “Wrecktangle” board sculpture that’s being featured in the lobby of The Waikiki Edition.
Coming from the mastermind of Ian Schrager, The Waikiki Edition is a new type of hotel - kind of like an entity of its own - that’s being introduced by the Marriott International. In collaboration with interior designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg and landscape designer Deborah Nevins, the Waikiki Edition resides as its own sanctuary on the sand; smack dab near the beaches and Marina shopping districts in a coastal urban sprawl. Truly, a visiting surfer’s paradise.
When you walk into the lobby, the first thing that captures your eye is the wall-to-wall “Wrecktangle” pieced together by Surfer/Artist Herbie Fletcher. Emphasizing the impact of just how powerful Hawaii’s Pipeline is, Herbie collected over 100 surfboards that have been ridden (and broken) at this notorious spot by some of the surfing world’s mighty elite: Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Christian Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, and the late Andy Irons to name just a few.
Many never think to realize the impact and sheer bravado it takes to ride waves such as the Banzai Pipeline, and for those visitors to the North Shore who are lucky enough to stay at The Waikiki Edition, the “Wrecktangle” will perhaps give them a small idea of how intense that ride was.
Hi, this is Herbie Fletcher, inventor of the EVA Tail Pad, Kick Tail, Arch Bar, and Multi-Gridlock tread design that I named Astrodeck in the late ’70s. I created and promoted my products in magazines and surf movies, including the Wave Warriors series presented by the Astroboys, which, at the time, was the film division of my parent company Astrodeck. The origins, history, vision, and inventions coming from myself and Astrodeck has been a 30+ year experience.
I’ve had the good fortune to work with the greatest surfers from all over the globe in perfecting the Astrodeck tail pads, and I’m stoked to be known and respected as the Godfather of Traction.
To know that some impostor has stolen - not only my brand name - but my history and all the artwork from my ads to promote his inferior line of traction, is not only insulting, but I can’t imagine that the international surf community and all the great Brazilian surfers would condone such a blatant case of misrepresentation and fraud.
We’ve had the heaviest team photo shoot in the history of surfing; right on the beach in front of the Pipeline House that I owned with Gerry Lopez. This young kook stealing my name would not have been allowed on the beach (had he been born), neither would have been his predecessor; the guy who originally stole my Astrodeck name.
Thanks to all of you who know and continue to support the real Astrodeck - the originator, not the imitator!
San Clemente, CA
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Here’s are a couple of little random YouTube clips that people had posted of the Coastal Carnage contest in Huntington Beach. Check out Greyson, pretty much holding up his own against guys like Omar Hasssan, Lance Mountain, and Christian Hosoi.
Greyson was representing with the Astrodeck shirt! Yeeeeeeeeeeah Greyson!
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Herbie, Dibi, and Nathan currently have some of their artistic creations displayed in the “Swell” exhibition in various galleries throughout New York. Check out a little review that the New York Times recently did about the showing. Pretty cool.
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Photos from the USMC Fox Company Graduation where Dibi Fletcher was a guest of honor and presented a plaque for the recognition of all her contributions and support through her non-profit organization Z-Ryder. She does what she can for these guys because they do everything for us. Hope you all had an epic 4th of July!
What better way to celebrate the independence of this great nation than to spend some of those hard-earned American dollars on some sweet Astrodeck sandals? You’d be unpatriotic to go around without a pair, and if that’s the case, why don’t you just shoot down an American bald eagle with a paintball rifle and then spit in Lady Liberty’s face while you’re at it?
Order a pair of sandals and you’ll be able to purchase certain selected styles for 50% off!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Seems like we’ve been losing a lot of friends lately. Sucks. Take it easy, Dennis.
For those of you who are interested in checking out some of Dibi Fletcher’s art work, here are just a couple of pieces she’s done. She’s preparing for her next art exhibition entitled, “I See Buddhas Everywhere”.