John Cherry has some very special mates , Bobby Donnelly and Christopher Tomlin who have served their country and come home wounded. Bobby lost his right leg, below the knee. Chris just got blown up 3-4 times in Humvee's. His injuries are slightly less apparent outwardly, but equally traumatic. Bobby and Chris, both accomplished surfers, are very involved and dedicated to the Wounded Warriors Surf Camp at Del Mar, California.
They both love their surfing and wanted to keep doing it. This inspired John to design a new board that would enable them to still enjoy the stoke that was a big part of their lives.
John Cherry wrote " At 5' 1-1/2" x 22-1/2" x 3" with a wide overall template these young athletes can hopefully paddle it into waves. It has a fast hull design, employing a subtle single-into-double bottom, low profile single-foil, Simmons-ish twin keels, set forward for maneuverability and (2) hand holds just forward of the deck concave for extra control. Peter, Sally, Gary Stuber and the crew at Moonlight Glassing have donated the glass job. Dave King of King SUP'S is donating the pad that will cover the deck concave area. I would like to thank them all for helping me with this project."
What a great looking board and what a great team of friends to get together and make this happen.
I was sent a note from Bobby Donnelly which read -
"On behalf of all the guys & gals down at the camp, Thank you so much.Words cannot express how much your donation, time and craftsmanship is appreciated. It's a beautiful board, the glass job is impeccable, the traction from kings is perfect and of course those fins are killer.
Thank you for sharing the stoke and feel free to come down any Thursday and have a paddle out or just hang and socialize with the troops. From my perspective as an amputee surfer it's so great to see people in the industry or any surfer take time from there busy work day to come down and spend any time at all with the guys. I am extremely grateful and proud to have served our country for people like you.
EOD, USN, AD
For me , surfing is about having fun and time on the water with friends .It is great to see that these guys have such great friends that can band together and make this happen for them. A great story that I am very happy to share with you all.
" Surfing is supposed to be an individual act. It’s supposd to illicit creativity and take place in a natural environment. It’s supposed to have moments familiar and original. It’s supposed to be both elegant and raw. Surfing isn’t supposed to be choreographed.
The surfer and board do what they want. Let them be seen as they want to be seen; let them be heard through only their motions. Let them surf in climates warm and cold, on waves big and small, on boards long and short, in countries near and far. Let the camera capture what it can.
Let there be Sight|Sound.
From the surfer-director of Picaresque, is another film without dialogue. Another group of talented individuals doing what they do best, with an eclectic soundtrack mixed-in to enhance the vibe."
Starring: Chris Del Moro, Justin Quintal, Kassia Meador, Alek Parker, Ryan Burch, Mikey DeTemple, Scotty Stopnik, Jared Mell, Daniel Thompson and Tyler Warren
Looking forward to this one for sure.
The Rake Paddle Pop Swallow 5'2"x 22x 2 3/8 " mint & grey pigment seems to be the hot ticket at the moment. Small fast and slippery , just like it should be.
They also have a new site & blog if you want to check them out :