Surfing gets a new kind of kick with door & coffin-shaped boards
Our favorite on-again-off-again Instagram chat of late has been with an entity known as Perfect Designs. We’re not really sure what it is they do beyond their band Bad Pelican’s sleeper hit “Too Cool For The Wave Pool” but we totally dig that they are floating something new and creative and have chosen to tether it to surfing – however loosely.
We struck up a conversation and pushed founders Lucas and Fernando for more information. The two disappeared. But then, like a dry wintery skin condition, they came back this season. This time with some seriously avant-garde shit. Coffin surfboards that make absolutely no hydrodynamic sense paired with clothes better suited for Nick Cave or Scarface-era Al Pacino than for the Outerknown label.
While the wave pool space can be the realm of button-down engineers and tight-shirt Realtors, it’s also the creative boiling point for Blair Conklin’s antics and the crew at Palm Springs Surf Club. We hope that as wave pool culture evolves there will always be room for art, culture and whimsy. Let’s not lose sight of surfing’s fun factor. We tried to do a serious interview with Perfect Designs and they ended up having fun. We can totally respect that.
What is Perfect Designs?
Who is the team?
𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚. 𝑊𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 7 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑔𝑜, 𝑑𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒.
Where do you live and how do you spend your time?
𝐿𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑠𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒. 𝐹𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑃𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑜. 𝑊𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡.
Your surfboards look, totally impractical – cementing their place as objects of art. Have you surfed them, or can you surf them?
𝑊𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠.
What inspired you to do this? It’s a lot of work to design and build surf craft…
𝑊𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑓 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑦.
Where do your designs fit in with wave pools?
𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑓𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑚𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑝𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑤𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑒𝑥𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑜𝑠, 𝑔𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑓𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑟𝑢𝑛𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑡𝑦 ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑠.
Our response was brief and to the point, we told them it wasn’t enough information to run a story. The duo countered that we should run images with our own opinions about Perfect Designs. Voila! Enjoy the irreverent but totally beautiful art/fashion/surf/whatever of these creative geniuses.