Layered Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
Harkening back to the sixties, the heyday of surfing in Southern California, and borrowing from surfing's deep roots in woodworking, Tower brings you the Rincon, a stylish, handcrafted layered Vermillion and Black Walnut surf style sunglass with spring-loaded brass hinges. It's an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement, where natural beauty dovetails with the finest lenses on the market.
On Point Fashion: Handmade layered Vermillion and Black Walnut hardwood frames with smooth varnish finish
Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultrasight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection
About Vermillion and Black Walnut Wood
The exterior layer of the frame is made of Vermillion wood. Also known as African Padauk, it is native to Central and Western Africa. This exotic hard wood is reddish in hue and commonly used to make drums in Africa due to it tonal resonance. Other parts of the world import it to make fine stringed instruments.
The interior layer of the frame is made of Black Walnut. While it is called, "Black Walnut," it is actually dark brown color wood with a typically straight grain. Historically used for things like gunstocks, furniture, flooring, and paddles, it naturally darkens over time and thus ages beautifully. Black Walnut is native to North America, and historically in Europe it has been considered a symbol of fertility.
Polaroid Ultrasight Polarized Lenses
Made by the company that invented the polarized lens, Polaroid Ultrasight lenses are the best lenses on the market. They employ nine functional layers to make an amazing lens. An internal polarizing core that eliminates glare is sandwiched by 4 UV filters that block all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC light rays. A shock absorbing layer for impact resistance encases this core, followed by an outer top and bottom scratch resistant layer for optimal durability.
The History of Wood in Surfing
Early surfboards in Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, were carved out of local trees like Koa wood. Wood is not only beautiful, it floats. In the 1950s and 60s, Surf Style sunglasses were all the rage in Southern California and surfing was taking off. Surfboards were made of balsa wood at that time, but would soon transition to foam and fiberglass construction. All of these new fiberglass boards would use wood stringers for rigidity (most still do today), and many had carved blocks of layered wood on the nose and tail. As fins came the scene, they too were made of wood at first. Wood craftsmanship and surfing went hand in hand.
To this day in our San Diego based surf factory, our shapers still play around making fiberglass encased wood fins, wood nose and tail blocks, and even entire balsa wood surfboards. It's in their blood. It's in the roots of the sport they love. Unmistakably, there is a nostalgic connection between handcrafted wood work and surfers, and really all watermen. Tower's handcrafted wood sunglasses are a nod to this rich tradition.
Rincon, which is Spanish for "angle" or "corner," is a surf spot located at the Ventura and Santa Barbara County line in Southern California. Also known as the "Queen of the Coast", Rincon is one of the most famous surf spots in California, known around the world for its perfect waves and long rides. The book 100 Best Surf Spots in the World rates Rincon at 24 and is also home to the Rincon Classic surf championship scheduled for January each year, although often delayed until conditions merit a contest. Rincon is located along U.S. Route 101 at Bates Road and is divided into three parts: the Cove, Rivermouth, and Indicator. The cove is the best part of the point and is the closest to the freeway. Rivermouth is the fastest section of the wave reaching from the mouth of Rincon Creek to the large white/stone house. Tube rides occur mainly at Rivermouth at low tide. Indicator is at the top of the point, visually obstructed from the freeway. While Rincon is most famous for its long right-breaking waves, Indicator also produces some extremely fast left-breaking waves during the summer, when southerly swells are most prevalent. During a larger westerly swell, all three sections often connect into one contiguous ridable wave.
Rincon's history stems back to 1769, when the Spanish Portola expedition came west along the beach from the previous night's encampment at Pitas Point. The explorers found a large native village at a watering place near the mouth what is now called "Rincon Creek", and camped nearby on August 16. Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, noted that "As soon as we arrived all the people came to visit us, and brought us a great supply of roasted fish to eat" The second expedition in 1775 led by Juan Bautista de Anza camped at the same place, referring to the native village as "La Rinconada."