Kelly Connolly is not your average shaper
It’s only a matter of time, really. If you surf, live in the hills, and have chickens and rabbits roaming freely in the backyard, a kind of Morning of the Earth vibe will take hold of you. Before you know it, you’re out in a shed, wearing a flannel, sawing out single-fin templates by hand.
Decoding Adriano's magic sled from Margaret River
The Rook 15 is a super versatile board that our team has been finding works in just about all conditions. So, we did not need to make it specifically for Margie’s, but were pretty confident it would go well at any stop on the Aussie leg that called for a step-up.
Shaper Tim Stamps talks us through Courtney's magic board from Margaret River
This is really our high-performance shortboard. It’s got a fair amount of rocker in the board and it was really designed to be ridden in high-quality waves. This is the model that Courtney brings with her on tour. She has an array of boards like this, ranging from 5’10” to 7’0”.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.