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Fancy Free

Donald Brink

First waves always a memory. Some are worth remembering.    Photo: John O'Connor

First waves always a memory. Some are worth remembering.  

Photo: John O'Connor

Building surf boards is a beautiful task. It became clear to me years ago to never loose the joy of the process. At the end of the day it directly effects the outcome and flow of every board and because those are your orders I want to be as excited about the details and process in every one, from day to day, as it was first felt when these brave paths began. One of the ways to stay connected for me is to build myself a board pretty often. It’s a time to try new things and connect with the concepts from start to finish. 

The first “Fancy Free” began this way more than a year ago now. Visions of the lines on waves and reference from things I’ve learned and love. I’ve always had a fascination for tiny boards and the possibilities they present are self expressive but one thing is for sure, the memories they make are so defined. It might not always be the most competitive line or capitalization of every possible section, but what they do create is an amazing and well edited sensation. It simmers down to memorable, intentional, sensational fast rides. 


There were so many things wrong with the first little blue board, I could feel fin placement issues and little quirks from the get go, but they blended in with the dominating parts that felt so good. What had happened was that confidence was gathered in new ground where excellence could now be defined. The sleek and subtle changes have been applied and the feeling is Free. 

Enjoy Your Water, 

Donald Brink


Eric Mehlberg waves right   Photo:Donald Brink

Eric Mehlberg waves right

Photo:Donald Brink


video interview discussing asymmetric theories in the first "fancy free" featured on


Enjoy Your Water, 

Donald Brink