Neon Daze & Winter Waves: Behind-the-Scenes February 04 2014, 0 Comments « Back to Blog

The following images lift the veil on Neon Daze & Winter Waves, exposing the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it a reality. 

From the beginning, it was clear this project was going to require some serious time and experimentation to get it right and honor the designs submitted by Neon Daze & Winter Waves' co-collaborators.

All photos by Pascal Shirley except where noted.

Order forms submitted by (L-R) Travis Rice, Bryan Iguchi, Nick Russian

Corey Smith's backyard. Truckee, California. November 2013. Where the board shaping began. 

Photo: Mike Parillo

Mike and Corey with their first batch of rough cut shapes.

Photo: Ben Birk

Fiberglass applied, waiting for the resin to cure in Mike Parillo's garage in LA.

Mike Parillo sands away the excess fiberglass bringing out the natural woodgrain.

A deep appreciation for craftsmanship is evident throughout this process.

Behind the scenes with Mike Parillo. Video by Pascal Shirley

Starting to look like a serious quiver of boards… Mike's garage in LA.

Drilling holes for binding inserts is a measure twice, drill once exercise.

The steady hands of Mike Parillo drilling insert holes.

Tools of the trade.

Mike burned a lot of midnight oil on this project.

Routering bases for t-bolts.

Mike intensely inspects his craftsmanship.

The boards must be balanced if they're going to ride well.

Long daze at the garage...

Back in Mike's studio, the line-up is starting to look complete.

Beginning to layout graphics. That's Pat Moore's board with the shark. 

T-bolting is old school but it's a strong way to secure bindings to boards.

T-bolts in place, the boards lay in wait.

Painting boards involves painstaking amounts of masking.

Adam Haynes' board gets its first coat of paint at Adam's studio in Bend, Oregon. Photo: Adam Haynes

The paint colors finally come out.

Enjoying a rare moment of rest with some highbrow literature and Willie McMillon's 'Pamida' board.

Mike turning Gerry Lopez's dream board into reality.

The diversity of designs and paint jobs is truly eye popping.