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Surfing legacy and surfboard craftsmanship on the North Carolina coast..

Surfing legacy and surfboard craftsmanship on the North Carolina coast..


[upbeat, thumping music] – [Kenny] Growing up, surfing
was, I ate it up and lived it. I knew that somewhere,
some way down the line, it was gonna be my livelihood. – [Sean] God, surfing, and
family, that’s what we’re about. God gave us the
ability to build these, and to do what we love
to do for a living, and we’re both are
on the same mission. We’re a team.
[upbeat, rocking music] – [Kenny] My name
is Kenny Barile. – [Sean] My name’s
Sean O’Donnell. – [Kenny and Sean] And our home is Wilmington, North Carolina. [upbeat, rocking music] [quiet rustling] – I’m born and raised here in
Wilmington, North Carolina. I started surfing
when I was about 12 years old, with
all my friends. I just did it to have
fun with my friends and to meet girls, you know. That’s why I think every
surfer starts surfing. [rocking guitar music] – Growing up, I
couldn’t hardly get through school
because of surfing. And if the surf was
head high or bigger, I could see it from
my classroom windows. And I literally would
walk out and go surfing. You just can’t get
it out of your blood, no matter what you do. [rocking techno music] – I was 17 years old,
I quit high school, and I walked into the surf
shop, and the guy looked at me and said: well, you’re
gonna be a pro surfer. You can’t even win
every contest locally. And he popped me in the
back of the head, and said: show up at my surfboard
shop Monday morning. And here it is, 28 years later,
and I’m still doing this. – I grew up never wearing a
shirt, never wearing shoes, always fishing, living off
the land, and I had a buddy that I grew up with, he
used to call me the savage, and that’s how the name
kicked up to the label. Well, originally I started
building surfboards in 1972. I started building a few
boards on the custom level. And at that time, I started
bringing them down to Sean, who was Wrightsville Classic,
and we decided to team up and start producing the boards
on a little bit larger scale, and he got in a
head-on accident. [light piano music] – 2014, I was in a very
severe car accident. I spent almost five
months in a medical chair. I had just met Kenny about
probably five to six months before that, and I was
doing work for him, and I believe it’s a God thing. Kenny lives an hour and a half
away, drove here every day, and ran my surfboard factory
for me while I was healing, and didn’t charge me
one dime, nothing. It just showed me how much
this guy cared, and I mean, he would come in, tell me
what was going on day to day, and just tell me to
focus on healing. [rhythmic water crashing] – At that point, the
retirement, or semi-retirement, ended, and went back
into full swing, which was fine,
because I loved it. I’d drive basically
an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes a
day, and people asked me why do you do that, and I
go, ’cause I love my job. – It was just this great
mixture of old school and new school, that we
really bounced good ideas off each other, with
his 40 plus years of building surfboards,
and I’m into my 28th year, there’s a lot of cool things. But, we embrace
technology, and we still respect the
old school way. I think that’s really
why we’re growing and keep getting
bigger every year. [clacking and scraping] [rhythmic drumming] [light guitar music] – Every dollar I bring in
here, I consciously try to buy locally, and I mean
from our fiberglass cloths, our resins, our foam, and I
know if I’m buying it locally, that that money’s circulating
back into the community. It’s going right here
within North Carolina. To me, it’s a 360 circle. I believe that we
all have a duty to help make our
economy grow strong. – Building surfboards, and
deadlines, and paying bills, that stress can
be real sometimes. Man, my whole life I don’t even feel like I’ve ever had a job. But at the end of the day,
I get to make surfboards, so it’s awesome, I love it. – It’s honoring, it’s
humbling, to be able to build something that you
create through your mind, that then is gravitated
from eyes to your hands, to then being able to
craft that project, and then be able to watch
somebody else take that piece of material that
you’ve carved and finished, and watch them gravitate, and
then enhance the same joy, the same excitement, that
you’ve been able to do surfing, now they get to do it,
and they’re doing it through something you created. [upbeat, rhythmic music] – [Sean] To go out and surf
something that you made, and you’re just like wow, I
made that, but while you’re paddling back out, and seeing
what the younger kids can do with something that you
made, it’s mind-blowing. [upbeat, positive music] – [Kenny] And I think the
last part of my legacy in this industry is I would
like to know that everything I was taught, that I would
like to pass on to them, ’cause I don’t believe
it’s mine to keep. I believe it’s mine to continue to hand on to the next person. [upbeat, shimmering music] [upbeat, rocking music]

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