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Kevlar Layups and Wave Pool Laybacks with Davi Toledo


  Akin to the highly contested topics of politics, sports, and federal laws, you can spark a heated discussion by raising the topic of wave pools in professional surfing. What happens when the element of Mother Nature is removed, replaced by...
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Forging an unconventional partnership: Dark Arts X San Diego Strike Force


Dark Arts is pleased to announce a partnership of historic proportions with the official IFL team, the San Diego Strike Force (SDSF). The Indoor Football League (IFL) retains a rich legacy as one of the longest-running professional football leagues in...
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AJW Surfboards on culture, waves, and why you should talk to your shaper


Adam Warden, the founder of AJW Surfboards, has crossed hemispheres, rethought shaping, and decidedly impacted the surfing industry through a thoughtful relational approach. Growing up on the East Coast of Virginia, he stumbled upon surfing through his older brother. In...
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Authentically Dark


Surfer: Davi Toledo Photos by: Sam Kim  In the world of ever-changing surf conglomerates, finding core surf gear can be as difficult as finding an empty wave on a good day in Southern California. Today's industry has increased revenue by...
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Timmy Patterson Comments on Dark Arts Carbon Kevlar Technology


  What were your initial thoughts on the new Carbon Kevlar technology?  You're definitely going to want something like that in your quiver. I can't wait to try one. Unfortunately, we haven't had many waves lately, but I look forward...
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First Surf Reflections with Reef Mcintosh on the New Carbon Kevlar Technology


Heaving Backdoor barrels and hollow XXL Cloudbreak are some of the waves that come to mind when thinking about Reef Mcintosh. A humble and talented surfer who grew up in Kauai, Reef knows how to navigate challenging conditions and what...
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Campfires and Cutbacks: A Camp Shred Recap


  Tents and vans along with hundreds of surfboards muddled the Cardiff coastline at the San Elijo campgrounds last weekend for So-Cal’s largest annual surfboard demo, Camp Shred. Tomo surfboards joined the Dark Arts lineup just this past week, and this...
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Interview with Daniel Thomson: Tomo Surfboards


  Touching on your background, how did influences such as your father and George Greenough impact your approach to shaping today?I would say they both greatly influenced me. My father, Mark (Thomson), and George used to be good friends. We...
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Perseverance and Gratitude with Victor Bernardo


  I would like to start by saying that Victor is not only one of the most stylish surfers, but he is also one of the absolute most genuine and caring people out there. Character comes from trials, and he...
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Staying Local, Staying Durable and why it matters…


As surfers, we understand the necessity of conscious consumption and how it impacts not only the environment, but also our local communities. The water around us, the health of the reef, and the accessibility of cherished surf spots have garnered...
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The Rusty Deuce x Surf-N-Show x Dark Arts


    The (Surf Faster) Rusty Deuce model is a collaboration between Rusty and Noel Salas of Surf n’ Show. Now available in Dark Arts Tech, the Deuce is a user-friendly, high-performance Twin Fin that engages the rail easily. Designed and...
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Shelter To Soldier


Earlier this year, our Dark Arts Factory Team came together with some of our team riders and ambassadors (Kyle Knox, Johnny Noris and Benji Weatherly), for an afternoon of golf and good times, to help benefit local Oceanside, CA  non-profit, Shelter...
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The Surfboard Guide's - Initial Thoughts on the JT Jawnt


The Surfboard Guide gave "Initial thoughts"  on our JT Jawnt by Justin Ternes, with full review coming soon. The surfboard reviewed is a stock 6'8 x 21 x 3 - 42L.. The Jawnt is known as JT’s high performance speed egg. It has a sleek midlength outline,...
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DHD Partners To Become Dark Arts First Australian Shaper...


8x world champion, Stephanie Gilmore, matches carbon speed with her timeless style.      Dark Arts is thrilled to announce, first Australian shaper partner with iconic DHD surfboards.  The first batch of team boards were hand delivered from the USA...
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Chippa Wilson and Brinkley Davies support “Sustainability Through Durability” 


Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used. In simplest terms, sustainability...
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Surf N' Show - Behind the Scenes Surfboard Building with "Dark Arts"


Noel Salas of Surf N'Show  recently joined up with our founder, Justin Ternes, and took a tour of the new San Diego Dark Arts Factory. He got a first hand look at how we build and craft all of the...
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Breaking Records.. History Rewritten.. Toledo, Igarashi take top honors on the Championship Tour and ISA World Surfing Games with Dark Arts under their feet!


September, 2022: Filipe Toledo and Kanoa Igarashi scored huge wins on the world surfing stage and Dark Arts was right there with them! Toledo clinched his first WSL championship on a Dark Arts board, becoming the first surfer ever to...
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Ben Aipa - A Father’s Legacy


For Father's Day this year we wanted to do something special, so we hopped on a call with our very own collaborator, Duke Aipa, to talk about growing up as the son of legendary surfer and shaper, Ben Aipa. Duke...
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Dark Arts Surfboard Reviews: Heres What they Said..


We recently asked Dark Arts customers to send in a testimonial and a photo of their Dark Arts surfboard. Here we've selected a few to share and hope you enjoy! Thanks again to all the people that have sent in their surfboard...
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Camp Shred 2022


Earlier this month, Dark Arts represented at the two-day Surf Ride Camp Shred Event at the San Elijo Campground, Cardiff. Great turnout & overall great time. Special thanks to Surfride for putting on the epic event.  This year's demo fleet included popular models from JT, AIPA, Pyzel, Sharp...
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First Team Rider- Johnny Noris


Photo: John King     Out of high school, San Diego native, Johnny Noris, went the path of a dreamer. Placing second to Rob Machado in a contest at Seaside Reef lit a fire within, prompting Johnny to see what...
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