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Ben Wei

Surfer, Board shaper, WSL commentator, Ben Wei Wavecraft in Tokyo

A PhD in Surfboards

PRESENTED ON JUL 21, 2017
IN TOKYO @ PECHAKUCHA SUMMER PARTY- CURATED BY MINI

"When I'm at the factory, I'm completely switched on. I'm almost not thinking about anything... I'm almost like a man possessed until I can reach that image that's in my head..."

In "A PhD in Surfboards" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Summer Party - Curated by MINI, Ben Wei (Wavecraft) shares his unique hybrid surf and skateboard designs which stem from his lifelong passions of surfing and skateboarding.

Ben is a surfboard shaper, artist, and musician originally from Oceanside, California now residing in Chiba. After falling in love with the country and its people, he decided to move from California to stay in one of Japan’s professional surfing meccas Ichinomiya, 8 years ago. Growing up in a surf shop, Ben basically earned a PhD in surfboards and wavecraft but after becoming dissatisfied with traditional board designs, he taught himself to shape so that he could bring a new breed of board into the market which he sells in his own shop in Tokyo. Check out his daily surfing updates on Instagram: benwei5050

カリフォルニア・オーシャンサイド市出身のBen Weiさんは、サーフボードシェイパー、アーティスト、ミュージシャンと多彩な顔を持ち、現在は千葉を拠点に活動しています。日本を大好きになり、故郷のカリフォルニアから日本のプロサーフィンのメッカである一宮市へ8年前に移住されました。サーフショップで育ったBenさんは、サーフボードとウェーブクラフトの”博士”ですが、徐々に既存のボードデザインに物足りなさを感じ、ボードシェイプを独学で習得、そして今や東京のご自身が経営するショップでの販売などサーフマーケットに斬新なボードを展開するまでになりました。サーフィンを毎日アップデートしているinstagram (@benwei5050)は要チェックです!

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Surfboard and Scene Design

BY MARTÍN VÁRBARO
@ VOL 2 ON APR 28, 2011

Martín Várbaro is a plastic material artist who started his career by designing surfboards in Argentina, and later in more Latin American countries, including Peru and Brazil. As this presentation reveals, he also works as a scene decorator for theaters, museums, and public centers, and is now producing work in South America and Europe. (in Spanish)

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Making Ventana Surfboards

BY MARTIJN STIPHOUT
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Craftsman Martijn Stiphout discusses the creation process of his hollow, wooden surfboards. We get an in-depth look into the work that goes into making the handmade pieces unique, and ultimately beautiful.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 18, 2014.

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Things I Like about Surfing that are Not Surfing

BY MARK GRIVETTI
@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Mark Grivetti has a lifelong love of nature that manifests in many ways. After growing up rockhounding as a child he became a geologist and has been lucky enough to work around the world on landslides, faults, groundwater and all things geological. Whenever he can, he likes to get to the beach with friends and family and spend time in the water.

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Couch-Surfing: A New Way to Travel

BY BARBARA KLEIN
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 02, 2015

Do you love to travel? Do you like meeting new people? Barbara Klein's couch-surfing may be a new way you should travel. It's way to push your boundaries through sharing time and space with new friends in new places. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 16, 2015.

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Surfing Builds Character

BY MANABU CHIBA
@ PECHAKUCHA SUMMER PARTY- CURATED BY MINI ON JUL 21, 2017

日本のトップ建築家である千葉学さん。大スケールのパブリック建築から住宅等の小プライベート建築まで手がけ、同時に現在は東京大学副学長としてもご活躍されています。サーフィンの経験も長くお持ちの千葉さんが、サーフィンで出会ったコミュニティから発生した建築プロジェクトをはじめ、サーフィンを軸に広がったご自身のお仕事やネットワークについて、建築家の立場からたっぷりと語ってくださいます!

Manabu Chiba is one of the top Japanese architects working on projects from large scale public architecture to private small housing. He’s also the vice president of University of Tokyo and is passionate about teaching young architecture students. Chiba-san is also an avid surfer so that he presented about some of his projects that were inspired by his surfing and the community he has built around surfing.

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Licca-chan Goes Surfing

BY TAKU SATOH
@ PECHAKUCHA SUMMER PARTY- CURATED BY MINI ON JUL 21, 2017

Japan’s top graphic designer who brought us household designs such as "Lotte Xylitol Gum" and "Meiji Oishii (Delicious) Milk", Taku Satoh is also active in a wide range of creative activities including general direction on NHK’s “Design A (あ) “ TV programme, creative director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and more! Somehow he still finds time to surf at an almost professional level. He draws inspiration from surfing, influencing his life outlook and design work. Taku Sato will share some of his best tales on his joys from surfing at this event!

「ロッテ キシリトールガム」や「明治おいしい牛乳」などの商品デザインやブランディングを手掛けるほか、NHK Eテレ「デザインあ」の総合指導、21_21 DESIGN SIGHTのディレクター及び館長を務めるなど多岐に渡って活動されている佐藤卓さん。趣味のサーフィンはプロ級です。サーフィンから多くのことを学び、ご自身のデザインの仕事にも影響を受けているという様々なエピソードを特別にご披露してくださいます!
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Surfing in the Deep Blue

BY LEKI NAGAHARA
@ PECHAKUCHA SUMMER PARTY- CURATED BY MINI ON JUL 21, 2017

全日本学生サーフィン選手権大会で4連覇を達成し、国内外のサーフタウンや都市部でサーフ&音楽芸術文化を学んだ永原レキさん。現在は地元徳島県の海辺に藍染スタジオiBBを開設し、藍染や遍路文化とサーフカルチャーを融合させたプロダクト制作を通じて、自然や地元の魅力を伝えるための広い活動に取り組まれています。プレゼンテーションでは、そのご自身のご活動について発信してくださいます!

4 time (consecutive) victor at the All Japan Student Surfing Championships, Leki Nagahara, awakened to surf culture and music in surf towns his 20s. Now he is managing and directing his own Indigo dye studio iBB located in the seaside of Tokushima Prefecture, and he is proactively working on a wide range of activities to convey charms of nature and rural life through product creation that combines indigo dye, pilgrim culture and surf. In his presentation, he will show and tell us some of his amazing works and activities!

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Japan Surfing Goes Pro

BY AKIRA JET NAKAURA
@ PECHAKUCHA SUMMER PARTY- CURATED BY MINI ON JUL 21, 2017

日本を代表するプロサーファーとして、サーフィンのオリンピックと評される世界戦に10代の頃から何度も出場されているAkira JET Nakauraさん。プロサーファーとしての経験を活かしながら、映像や音楽、アートのジャンルでも、唯一無二のマルチクリエイティブディレクターとして活躍されています。今回のイベントのために特別に制作された映像(イベント内で披露します!)をもとに、ご自身のサーフィンやクリエイティビティについてクールにプレゼンテーションしてくださいます!

One of Japan’s top pro surfer JET Akira has regularly participated in the world class competitions equivalent to Surfing’s Olympic games since he was a teenager. Utilizing his experience as a professional surfer, he is also a multi-creative director in film, music and art. He will present to us about his surfing and introduce to us the creative process behind a special video produced for this event (we will even show it at the event)!

 

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Sustainable Surfboards

BY COBUS JOUBERT
@ VOL 45 ON AUG 15, 2017

From plastic bags to pesticides - most of the waste we produce on land eventually reaches the oceans, either through deliberate dumping or from run-off through drains and rivers. Surfboards are 100% toxic, but there are sustainable surf craft options that can replace these toxic products. Cobus Joubert explains.