Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hoyte Designs Website and Blog - It's official!

We are moving our blog onto our website.

So from now on it can be viewed at


Sidenote - I got a little surf session in this morning:) ....

So Happy (whatever day it is that you're this viewing on) to everyone!

Friday, June 22, 2012

How to Noseride

Hoyte Designs presents you with it's first surfing tutorial:
... from a 5 year old's perspective.

1. Paddle

2. Stand Up

3. Run to the end of the board.

 This is Merrick's first time on a surfboard.

(Mini Simmons - perfect for kids to learn on:)

Showing off her sweet technique at the AB3 last Saturday.

And she's hooked. It's all over. Forget anything else. She only wants to go to the beach.

(OK, so it's a 5 second clip and yes, her board hits the sand and momentum sends her running....

but still, we couldn't be prouder!)

Time for Dad to make her her first board.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

San Onofre State Beach

After Saturday's AB3, we headed to San Onofre State Beach for a day of surfing and to hang out with old and new friends.

 There is nothing quite like this place....

A historical surf break.

Community of ocean lovers.

 Picnics, families and surfboards ABOUND!

(Russell and Merrick)

Where else in California can you surf and then head into one of many bamboo and succulent groves that are beautifully cared for and take a fresh water shower ?

This is the backyard I dream of!

Happy Thursday all and I hope you got to surf yesterday on National Surfing Day and the longest day of the year.

 (In the Northern Hemisphere that is)

For all you Southern Hemis, December is only 6 months away:)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hoyte Designs at the AB3 - Anything But 3

Saturday at 5:30am saw us leaving Ventura for Oceanside to represent Hoyte Designs at the AB3 Board Show .

One mini-van. Two adults. Two kids. Buddy the dog.

About 13 boards. Including 3 longboards on the roof.
 Overnight bags. Wetsuits. Towels. Umbrellas
And Two very strong cups of coffee!

Russell had shaped, airbrushed, glassed, and sanded till late every night the previous week to get ready for this show and with about 2 hours of sleep between us, we headed to North Jetty.

The idea of the AB3 is,  in their words,

"Shape it, buy it, borrow it, bring it, show up and ride it."

"a gathering of alternative board riders and craftsman.
Think of it as a hot rod show where you get to take the cars around the block for a spin."

And that is exactly what we did:)
We had a fun time meeting with fellow craftsmen and surfers, who could grab a board, demo it and bring it back with honest feedback.

The weather was perfect, the waves consistent and the company friendly.
Everyone was there to have a good time and to do what they love to do.

Surf. And talk surf. 

Thanks to all who rode our boards and we hope to see you in September at the next AB3!

Happy Tuesday all!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hoyte Designs in HomeGrown Surf Shop

Nestled in Midtown Ventura, just an hour north of LA, is a creative and community orientated surfshop called HomeGrown.

 It's personally run by husband and wife team, Walter and Veronica Winters, who cater to the local underground surf and skate scene.
They and their employees are warm, inviting and genuinely care for their community.

 Pop in if you are in the neighborhood or take a drive into Ventura one day to say hi and look around.

We want to support our local businesses and this store is a treat!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

May the wind die down, the waves keep a-rollin' and the sun stay


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This Too Can Be You - Russell Hoyte shaping with Harrison

Here at Hoyte Designs, we like to invite clients in to watch the shaping of their board.

It's personal.

It's informative.

And Russell enjoys the company.

After more than 30 years of shaping he doesn't feel the need to be secretive about his craft.
Sure, there are tricks Russ has up his sleeve that will stay there:)...
...but,  in general, he's happy to show you
the process and answer your questions.

This is Harrison Adler.

He's a local, surfing as a pro junior.

This is his second custom board and it's been fun working with him as a test pilot.

He's also stoked with his new board!!

It's amazing to see a blank transformed into a beauty.

Happy Tuesday.
It's gorgeous outside.
There's surf.


Have a b-e-a-u-tiful day

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hoyte Designs Simster 'Symster'

5'2  x 20 1/4 x 2  1/4

EPS Resin-X

Hoyte 'Symster' Model

One of my favorite aspects of this board is the color work.

Painted by Justice Hoyte, 7 years old.*

Artist Extraordinaire

* We welcome custom art works by mini-artists.

Your children are always welcome to come paint your boards for you.

Happy June.