When Surfers And Models Collide: The Birth Of The Elite Longboard

by CARSON GRIFFITH · June 4, 2009

[Damaris Lewis, Joan Smalls, Drielle Vallerto, Jana Flototto. All photos by CLINT SPAULDING for PMc]

As if being a model wasn't elite enough, that level of exclusivity has just crashed down into the surfing world as well: Lord & Taylor, Elite Management, and Kahuna Longboards launched the "Elite Longboard" last night on the rooftop of the Lord & Taylor store. The event gave partiers the first peek at customized Kahuna Longboards designed by Elite Management models. Each one is on sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Women In Need. Along with the glamorous model/surfboard "designers" running around, PT Walkley gave a live performance. That is, if you could catch a glimpse of him through all those long legs. Even though the event was strictly invite only, there was a way for common folk to find themselves amongst surf-boys and glamazons: If you purchased $250 or more in the Contemporary Departments of Lord & Taylor on Floors 2 & 10 up until the day of the event, you got a free VIP pass. Now I want to know - what happens if you return the stuff?

Louise Donegan

Zoe Adams, Sydney Alexander, Flora Wildes, Adele Johns, Bobby Weins

Bobbi Wiens, Ava Smith, Louise Donegan, Damaris Lewis, Joan Smalls, Drielle Valeretto, Jana Flototto

Tommy James

Valerie Boster, Fabiana Tambosi

Brendan Burdzinski, G.L. Wood

PT Walkley