Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's winning Snapper stick
Gabriel has talent in many different conditions, but he's loved to fly since he was a kid. I try to work on making faster boards because I believe that more speed is the key to more expressive surfing and bigger airs. Most of the time a professional surfer tries one of my boards, their feedback is that the boards are really fast but a little hard to turn. But after a session or two, most surfers start to love the way they can move the boards and explore new lines. Gabriel basically uses three different models. The dFK (da Freak Kid), the GAME, and MEGA. All the contests he's won since 2009, and his best results up to now were with one of those models.
Jon Pyzel breaks down the board John John Florence is riding on this month’s cover
JOHN JOHN FLORENCE HEIGHT: 6’0” (183 cm) WEIGHT: 168 lbs (76.2 kg) SHAPER: Jon Pyzel MODEL: Next Step LENGTH: 6’8″ WIDTH: 18.60″ THICKNESS: 2.44″ VOLUME: 30.1L NOSE WIDTH: 10.70″ TAIL WIDTH: 13.25″ NOSE ROCKER: 5.90″ TAIL ROCKER: 2.60″ TAIL: Round Pin CONCAVE: Double to slight vee off the tail GLASSING: 4×4 Oz. deck, 6 Oz. bottom […]
If you believe Daniel Thomson, tomorrow's high-performance crafts are already here
You may have seen them at your local breaks: bizarre nose-less crafts with straight rails, deep concaves, and angular tails. They look more wakeboard than surfboard. More tech than soul. At a glance, it looks like an alien craft from the distant future. But then again, looks can be deceiving. The board is called the […]
Talking shop with Ventura's Todd Proctor
Meet Todd and Charissa Proctor of Proctor Surfboards in Ventura, California. Find your next magic stick in our 2013 Surfboard Buyer’s Guide.
Nobody does surfboard design like Stuttgart, Germany
When Garrett McNamara tackled massive, ugly Nazaré last week, he did so on a new, uh, surfboard. Mercedes, one of his chief sponsors, and Garret got together to make a board they're calling the "Silver Arrow of the Seas."
The next wave in eco-friendly blanks may be made of fungi
Well, somebody stole your fantastic idea. You know that plan you had to grow super strong, biodegradable foam out of mushrooms, and then mold that foam into an eco-friendly surfboard blank? Too late. Ecovative, a packaging company based in Green Island, New York, beat you to the punch. Ecovative developed their signature packaging foam product, […]
Shaper Darren Handley breaks down Mick Fanning's Pipeline craft
MICK FANNING HEIGHT: 5’10″ (177 cm) WEIGHT: 161 lbs (73 kgs) SHAPER: Darren Handley (DHD) LENGTH: 6’10″ WIDTH: 18 5/8″ NOSE WIDTH: 11″ TAIL WIDTH: 13 1/8″ THICKNESS: 2 3/8″ NOSE ROCKER: 5 5/8″ TAIL ROCKER: 2 5/8″ TAIL: Rounded Pin BOTTOM CONTOUR: Single-to-double concave VOLUME: 30.4L GLASSING: Single layer on top and bottom with […]
Breaking down the elements of an ideal pointbreak surfboard
OPT FOR A ROUNDED TAIL: A rounded tail will help draw out the shape of the board, keeping more of the rail in the water. At J-Bay, a point known for its blisteringly fast sections, a rounded tail is a necessity. “When Supers starts firing at 4- to 8-foot, we’ve found that rounded pins are […]
North Shore shaper Pat Rawson on ordering the perfect winter board
With winter on the horizon, it’s time you start to prepare accordingly. Whether it’s California, Hawaii, or a far-flung reef pass, there will inevitably come a day when your standard shortboard has maxed out and you’ll need a step-up. To ensure that you have the right foam under your feet, we rang up the North […]
Catching up with the 1970s shaping legend
Tom Parrish is an elusive man. He first made his mark on surfing by building boards for the world’s best during a revolutionary period in Hawaiian surf history, but few know much about the man behind the crafts.