Photography: Cole Beal
B: Happy Birthday Mick! What did you do?
M: Beach with the boys and some beers...pretty simple but never disappoints.
B: You are working on a new model, can you give us any details?
M: Matt Calvani and I have gone back to the think-tank to come up with another board. Where my current model is more an all-around noserider with and emphasis on turning and speed, the new one will be more noseride oriented. We have combined a bunch of boards, taking design elements I have enjoyed from a few of the current Bing noseriders and mixing it with some influences from Cooperfish and Con Surfboards. It is a lively noserider that allows a lot of tweaking and control from the nose. Been having a blast on the thing lately, and think people will enjoy it.
"Beach with the boys and some beers.. pretty simple but never disappoints."
Fins: Single box, fiberglass fin included
Color/Finish: 2-stringer (bass), green/gray tint T+B, full deck patch, gloss/polish
In the 1960's the Bing Nuuhiwa Noserider and Lightweight models set the standard for noseriding perfection. Today, that model of excellence is the new Bing Elevator. A board which combines concave and step deck in the nose with a subtle tail rocker, creating a well balanced lift suitable for mind-altering noserides. The flex in the nose allows you to lock into the pocket and pump down the line, while the lift in the tail stabilizes the board allowing you to find the sweet spot with ease. Unlike many noseriders of the past, the Elevator holds its forward projection and is easily piloted through hard directional pivots off the tail. Every team rider who rides this board calls it the "best noserider" they've ever ridden. Favoring steep-faced beach break and point waves, this board is a lavish tool for the surfer whose focus is getting lots of tip time.
Average nose: 18”, Average tail: 15 ½”
B: You and Soren Heil have been working on a new short film. How is it coming along? What should we expect? When will it be done? ( froth )
M: It has been quite the process, filming over the past year. It focuses on my current "mobile" living situation, and how its affected my life. should be out shortly.
B: Can you suggest the best fins to use with the Mr. Rodgers Model?
M: It's hard to mess with the Greenough 4a, just a great all-around fin. I usually prefer a bit a flex in my fins, you get more drive and projections in turns, and I feel you get more control/steerability from the nose.
B: Any new travels in the near future?
M: There is a potential Mex adventure down the road...but until then looking to do an mission up north along the California coast. Take my time and make a couple pit stops on way. Should be a hoot...