Hello friends

J Hall checking back in after a long over due break from truly blogging. Part Internet hassle, part computer hassle, also part time off having since moved out of my place from the Jesus trucks, over to a quaint little complex below the feet of the USD campus, occupied by a few stellar names in the business, Skip Frye and Michael Miller. Larry Gephart is in the hood, as well as Bird Huffman's new board storage/ museum facility. Also the king ding repair and essential fish taco builder (among many other things) Joe Roper is just a half mile down the road. We're all stoked to be building surfboards and we all hope that it will create a great thing for keeping the traditional shaping roots and designs of San Diego alive and strong for the future. Not only that, but orders are getting turned around quickly right now.

A few big shakas and shout outs must go out first!!! Primarily to Michael Miller! http://factorysurfin.blogspot.com/ Michael was open and gracious enough to allow me to occupy space in his factory during the two month turnaround between moving out of the old place and building out the new place. There is no way I could have done it other wise. Dennis Downs (sander/polisher extraordinaire) for stoking me out and hooking up the electrical for me in the new spot! You pick your model! My dad, Dave Hall for lending many needed hands during the construction phase of the shaping and show room, can't be a surf factory with out pops helping out and downing a few tecates. Also big thanks to him for the kine back patio setup, umbrella and table for kine lunch breaks! I was a little scared about Daniel leaving from the old place but it has sent him to the big island now where I hear he is about to fire up his sander again and start with some fins. Don't fret, Geppy also stops by regularly to drop the kine hand foiled goodies. Last but not least, thank you to Skip for over seeing the neighbors and giving me the nod of approval! I can't wait to see what this new proximity to him will bring to surfing!

So with out further ado, below are some of the happenings of the last few months. Minus the Sacred Craft in Ventura which I missed due to a trio out to New York for the Fish Fry (no pics, sorry). Enjoy!

Cleaning up and leaving with the walls from the place on Hancock St.

A lot happened in between these two photos but basically, I had moved all the old factory in large chunks to the new spot. It came together quickly. Dennis checking his plumbing.

Again, skipped the dry walling, mudding, sanding, mudding, taping, sanding mudding and painting, but here is a look at phase 1 done. the shaping room.

Wall paper

First blank. For a 10'0 California Pintail Gun, template courtesy of Skip. Thanks Skipper!

The great thing about the new local is that as soon as I sign a blank I can walk it over to Michael and it'll get started the next week. Pretty sick!

Skip with Yuichi 2, 11'0 Cali Pintail Gun