The most fun you can have with fins on
Lewis and Denslow didn't really expect to start a full-blown handplane business. They just had so much fun on their tiny pieces of surf craft, people noticed and wanted in too.
At SBT, surfboards embedded with microchips or stamped with QR codes connect surfers with shapers
Andrew Smith was in France when he first thought of implanting his surfboards with microchips. “It was about seven years ago,” he says. “I pulled into a gas station with all of my boards strapped to the roof of the truck. I filled up with gas, went in to pay, and when I came out the boards were gone. I thought to myself, ‘How many times has this happened to someone on a surf trip? And do those people ever see their boards again?’”
Ellis Ericson on adapting throwback designs for modern quivers
The odds are pretty slim that you’ve seen a Sunflower surfboard at your home break. That’s because Ellis Ericson doesn’t have a factory, a distribution deal, or even a regular shaping bay. “I’ve been trying to travel the way that a lot of surfers used to, where you shape a few boards wherever you can along the way to help fund your trip,” says Ellis. “Sometimes people hit me up looking for a board, and I just shape it when I get to their part of the world in whatever shaping bay I can use. It’s been fun. It gives me something to do when the waves are bad.”
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
"In the past, guys would order boards specifically for each spot, but John John’s a freak. He has natural advantages that other surfers don’t. Also, surfing those spots in contests is way different than when a ton of dudes are out. Take Sunset for example, on an average day there are fifty dudes out on 9’6”s and above. When you take away all those dudes and it’s just a few guys in the lineup, it’s really easy to ride a smaller board." —Jon Pyzel
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.
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.
Shaper Darren Handley breaks down Mick Fanning's Pipeline craft
"The 6'10" is also really special because three weeks prior to him winning, one of the sanders that sands all his boards and fins passed away from a heart attack, so it was pretty special for Mick to win on one of that last boards he worked on. Maybe he sent Mick those last-minute waves against CJ and Yadin." —Darren Handley