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4.13.15

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What He Rode: Mick Fanning at Bells

Darren Handley takes a look under the hood of Mick Fanning's winning whip

MICK FANNING HEIGHT: 5’10″ (177 cm) WEIGHT: 161 lbs (73 kgs) MODEL: Duck’s Nuts SHAPER: Darren Handley TAIL Squash LENGTH: 5’11″ WIDTH: 18.75″ THICKNESS: 2.25″ VOLUME: 26.21L CONCAVE: Single to double GLASSING: Single 4 oz top and bottom, carbon strip reinforcements Was there anything you did differently when it came to shaping this particular model? We’ve

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2.23.15

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“Tech Guys, Not Tree Huggers”

Says Ryan Harris, eco-glasser and shaper from Los Angeles

In an industry with a relentless loyalty to harmful technology, Ryan Harris and his E-Tech factory are a literal breath of fresh air.

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2.9.15

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What He Rode: John John Florence

A look under the hood of John John's Volcom Pipe Pro sled

The Bastard has a full concave on the bottom. Single throughout it, but with a very slight double towards the fins. Quite a bit of curve to this board and it has an even rocker, which makes it really responsive and peppy. It’s intended to be ridden in hollow, juicy waves, but he’s also ridden this model out at Trestles as well. It has some concave in the center of the board as well, which helps carry you through the fatter sections of the wave.

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1.8.15

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Nathan Fletcher’s Most Valuable Pipeline Gun

What he rode, Hawaii edition

NATHAN FLETCHER HEIGHT: 5’10″ (1.78m) WEIGHT: 180 lbs. (81.64kg) SHAPER: Bill “Stretch” Riedel LENGTH: 9’2″ WIDTH: 20″ THICKNESS: 3.35″ VOLUME: 67.8L NOSE WIDTH: 13.3″ TAIL WIDTH: 13″ NOSE ROCKER: 6.1″ TAIL ROCKER: 3.6″ TAIL: Squash CONCAVE: Panel vee to spiral vee FINS: Futures Stretch Quad HEIGHT: 4″ BASE: 3.88″ AREA: 12.39″ Last year on the

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10.29.14

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What He Rode: Mick Fanning

Darren Handley breaks down the board Fanning rode at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Headed into Portugal, Mick Fanning's World Title chances were slim, needing two of the world's best to self-combust in order to be able to say there was even a chance. They did, and he rode that momentum, along with the following board, to his third event win of the year.

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10.21.14

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What He Rode: John John

Breaking down John John's Florence's European sled

Between his win in France and his quarterfinal finish in Portugal, it’s safe to say that the Old Country was definitely kind to John John. Below, Jon Pyzel of Pyzel Surfboards breaks down the golden board* that John John rode throughout the European leg of the Tour. JOHN JOHN FLORENCE HEIGHT: 6’1″ WEIGHT: 167 SHAPER: Jon

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10.17.14

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What He Rode: Kelly Slater

Channel Islands' Travis Lee breaks down the board behind Slater's groundbreaking aerial

It's extremely fast with a single-concave bottom. On this particular board, Kelly had asked for a slight modification in concave behind the front fins, which in turn altered the rail rocker out the tail. This could possibly have helped with the extra pop he gets out of the lip. In this case, the wind obviously plays a huge factor in pulling off a huge maneuver like this as well.

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10.6.14

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Cardboard Chaos

Doc Lausch and Signal Surfboards cut a cardboard surfboard

If you thought the “Ride Anything” movement that defined the last decade had run its course, think again. Recently, Southern California-based shaper Doc Lausch and a team from Signal Snowboards created a functional shortboard composed almost entirely of cardboard. While the idea of riding a paper board may sound absurd, through a mountain of trail

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9.25.14

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What She Rode: Steph Gilmore

Darren Handley of DHD breaks down Steph's Lowers sled

Steph Gilmore Height: 5’10″ Weight: 146 lbs. Shaper: DHD Model: Duck Nuts Length: 5’9″ Width: 18 1/8″ Thickness: 2  1/8″ Volume: 24.21L Tail Width: 14 1/8″ Bottom Contour: Single to double Glassing: Single top and bottom, plus carbon patches How long has Steph been riding this model? She’s been riding that board on and off in any

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9.22.14

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What He Rode: Jordy Smith

Travis Lee of Channel Islands breaks down Jordy's winning Lowers board

Jordy Smith Height: 6’3” (190.5 cm) Weight: 189 lbs. (85.73 kg) Shaper: Channel Islands Model: Girabbit Length: 6’1” Width: 19.25” Thickness: 2.63” Volume: 31.8 Tail: Squash Fins: Futures Am-2 Height: 4.73″ Base: 4.64″ Area: 15.98″ Foil: Flat Was Jordy’s board made specifically for the Hurley Pro? Yeah, this board was made specifically for Lowers. It was

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