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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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9.16.14

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What They’re Riding

Mayhems at Lowers underneath Kolohe, Carissa, Coco and more

It’s no secret that Matt Biolos and his …Lost Surfboards regime hold the key to the Lowers treasure chest, and it’s for that reason you see his sticks under the feet of so many top pros. From Kolohe Andino to Carissa Moore, the …Lost crew is stacked with high-caliber surfers with high expectations from their […]

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8.29.14

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What He Rode: Gabriel Medina

Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's winning Teahupoo board

There aren’t too many waves in the world you can call similar than Teahupoo, especially at that size. But it was his was his third time competing there, and he's already proven himself in big, powerful waves on the North Shore and Fiji. Gabriel is from Maresias, which is good training ground for hollow and powerful waves. But of course nothing to be compared with the conditions during the finals in Tahiti.

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8.11.14

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What He Rode: Filipe Toledo

Sharp Eye's Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the U.S. Open

Shaper Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the 2014 US Open.

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7.10.14

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In The Shaping Bay

1976 World Champ Peter Townend recreates his classic 1980s "Bi-Fin"

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7.1.14

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In The Shaping Bay

Josh Martin breaks down his father Terry Martin's classic Hot Curl design

My dad began surfing by riding finless planks, but he found them impossible to surf and figured he could make his own board that would perform better. The first board he ever made was the Hot Curl, modeled after a finless design he’d seen called a “Hawaiian Board”. He surfed a spot in Point Loma called Terry’s Slide, which is known as Osprey Street now. It was not much of a surf spot at the time because there was a lot of kelp in the lineup at low tide, but with his finless Hot Curl, he could just glide over the kelp. They were originally made from solid wood, but he and I did build a polyurethane foam version a few years back.

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6.30.14

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Rise of the Stub

Rob Machado and the search for the world’s most versatile surfboard

Rob may have refined the stub, but the truth is that surfers have been experimenting with stub-like designs for decades. In fact, the history of the stub is rich.

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