Every Thursday during the summer Tyler Surfboards takes part in the El Segundo Artwalk, where local artists, designers and makers open their doors to the neighborhood for community and a good time. For the final event of 2015 the folks at Tyler invited legendary photographer, writer, historian and visionary C.R Stecyk to hang some of his work on one side the shop, and world-renowned painter Damien Fulton to set up on a shaping stand and paint one of Tyler’s boards on the other. Together with Tyler’s essential contributions to board making and design, this was some serious surf and skate culture packed into one room.
C.R. has such a massive collection of work that his longtime girlfriend and fellow artist Susanne Melanie Berry stepped in to help curate, sorting through Craig’s vast storage of items. As I spoke with Melanie about the collection, she said Craig has been saving everything for decades, filling his house with the artifacts chronicling the very origins of modern skateboarding culture. Like the musty back room of the Metropolitan, I imagine a casual piling of objects just sitting out unassumingly, their significance hidden in plain sight. I’m inspired to imagine this trove as look at the images that made it to these walls. Craig is typically elusive about all this, preferring instead to jump around between insider stories of historical skateboarding figures and recent tales of setting up a printing press in the open desert.
Carver is proud to be a part of this legendary lineup, with our own humble contributions displayed on a rack by the door. After months of work we’ve just launched Tyler’s newest collab with Carver, the Riddler surfskate.
Prototypes boards were pulled out from the back room, as we sessioned them on the street out front. A small event to be sure, it was a nonetheless a special moment not lost on those who came together on this warm night to share what we’ve been working on our entire lives, huddled along this wave-swept patch of coastline.