Archive for April, 2011

TAC – Happy Hump!

So more fun stuff with the team going on, just added my good buddy Burny to the team. Brian Lake is a professional kiteboarder and just all around waterman. You might see him dropping in some bombs at sunset beach or blasting through lips at waddell….finally Burny has been killing it on the Kite Racing front recently, taking first place in a race in SF. GO Burny! He even took out teamate, Joey Pasquali! sorry joe! hahaha…

TAC Apparel - Brian Lake
Really stoked to have Brian apart of the team, he is a great guy to hang with, keeps the positive vibes rolling and shreds the guit, Keep it killer!

Sticker Nation

Stickers are awesome. I cant imagine a world without them. They allow us to represent brands and companies that we all support. Its pretty much free advertising for companies AND it makes our stuff look cool. For example, my laptop, plastered with stickers. My phone – stickers. Skateboard – stickers. I put stickers on my stuff with pride. The stickers that I choose can show a person who I am and who I support. Awesome.

So…I was walking along E. Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz today on a mission to find TAC stickers. I knew there were a few slapped on stop signs here and there, so i went sticker hunting. Found a few. Snapped some photos. Thought id share.

Here are the ones i snapped.

We want to see all the places out there where TAC is being represented. Whether it is around town, on your laptop, on your skateboard, surfboard, whatever…share some pics with us. On the TAC display on the Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop are a bunch of stickers. Grab a few. Slap them around town or on your belongings and post a pic to our Facebook page.
OR if you are walking along the street and see a TAC sticker post post a photo of it to our fbook page.

I hope to see some photos from you all in the near future.

Keep it real. Always.

Boob chart

A Little Introduction…

Whats up everyone!? Shawn here.

If you haven’t heard, I’m the newest addition to the TAC team. Brought on board for my photographic skills and enthusiasm. I thought i would share a little background story, introducing myself to the ever growing TAC community. I was raised in Santa Cruz County, Aptos to be specific. I went to middle school on the top of a mountain in Watsonville and it was there that I was first exposed to photography. I took a digital photography class in 7th grade. All we did in that class was run around the forest and snap as many pics as we could. I took it a bit more serious than that. Ive been shooting ever since.

I graduated from Cypress Charter High on the East Side and from there went to the University of Oregon for 2 years where I studied philosophy and journalism. I was a photographer for the daily newspaper in Oregon for my second year. Now Im back in SC, living in Aptos, going to Cabrillo half time, and shooting shooting shooting. I don’t really go anywhere without my camera.

I’m currently working out at Second Harvest Food Bank of SC County focusing on the “Grind Out Hunger” campaign, which encourages kids to help other kids fight hunger. We do this through efforts of awareness, food drives, and skate events. Helping kids is a passion of mine. They are our future.

You all are probably wanting to see some of my work. Here are a few shots i selected to share with you all.

If you would like to see more and/or stay updated on my own personal photography please head over and “like” my Facebook page at

I will be blogging and posting photos specifically for TAC regularly. They will be killer.

Feel free to ask me any questions by commenting below. I’m an open guy, very chill, and will answer pretty much anything you throw at me.

Keep it real. Always.

Signing out,


Third good old picture friday, here you go:

Macumba sider working

This has to be one of my favorite pics, it remembers me of how fun this spot was. How the weather was nice, how the color of the water was beautiful, how it was just me and my friends catching liners for days

Short Steps sider – Vidigal

Haha, Ipanema on fire

Dude cruising

Since my board is broken (the purple one), ive been riding Lucas Finks Dude! Cruise. My good friend Gabriel Keenan took these yesterday (04-20) at Arpoador in the evening.

TAC – Yeeeeehawww!!! Summer is nearly here!

Its my favorite time of year, days get longer, sun gets stronger, we all hang at the beach and live life. Been in a bit of a transition the last few weeks and progress is little, looking forward to our new line and hooking everyone up with it. Check out this rad little video our buddy Jackie Golbach put together of our skim session on saturday evening here in San TAC ruz! yewww!


GOPF stands for Good Old Picture Friday. This one is the second. Here are the nominees:

From a little trip to Rio das Ostras – Rio de Janeiro

At Macumba beach – Rio de Janeiro…OTBs were fun

Small waves can always be fun, depends on how you use them.

Itacoatiara – Niteroi – Rio

Good old picture friday

Sorry for the lack of updates…thats due the things happening with me right now. Basically nothing, besides school. Since next year I am entering college, i have to study everyday to pass the college exam this year. So, to remember the good old days, I am starting a new section, feature if you will. Every friday I will post a few pics from back in the day, where I used to skimboard almost everyday.

Here is a couple from Vidigal beach – Rio de Janeiro

Macumba beach – Rio de Janeiro

This one is from Itacoataira beach – Niteroi

And finally, I think this one is one of the oldest photos that I have, I was a 14 years old grom stoked on skimboarding, watching Bearded everyday at lunch then skimboarding the whole afternoon. Ipanema beach – Rio de Janeiro

TAC – Really blowing it on blog posting, and im sorry. Gosh.

So yea, its been at least a week or more since I posted last, they only excuse i have is……uh, i dont have one, “busy”. Anyways, the weather made a change for the better and Its putting smiles on everyones face’s, only prollem, is if you have a job, you dont get to enjoy it for the most part. 🙁

Been getting some really fun waves recently, but i can tell you where cuz its “private”. Check out this killer shot of team rider Joey Pasquali from today, surfing this killer little spot up in SF

TAC Joey Surfing frontside air blast in san francisco