Designed in a Barn, Tested on the Farm
Welcome to cooks where we design, build and test all our products against the rigors of farm life, surf trips, and adventures in between. We view all our designs as machines, they must perform in such a way as to accomplish a necessary task. If it cant perform, we arent going to produce it.
From concept of idea, to prototype, to finished product, all our designs are uniquely our own. We begin by cutting and hand sewing all our products. We then test it in the field to make sure it performs, and then we physically tear the product apart to find its weakness. We then tweak the design as needed, put it on paper, and get it ready for production.
Blues, BBQ, and Flip Flops. How it all got started...
In the summer of 2011, owner and founder John Walker, was chasing the dream of being a kite boarding instructor in Hood River, Oregon. A dream short lived, Walker suffered a severe brain injury late one August night in 2011. Nearly loosing his life and spending months in recovery, the life of surfing and kite boarding where no longer an option. Moving back home to the East Coast after being released from the hospital in Portland, Walker was at a bit of a loss as what to do next. Growing up in the South Carolina, Walker knew BBQ, and he knew it well.