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11.25.13

Design Forum

How To Order A Step-Up

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 […]

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11.7.13

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Tom Parrish Interview

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.

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11.5.13

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A Study in Single-Fins

Talking single-fins with aficionado Rob Machado

What got you into riding single-fins? The first time I went to Al Merrick’s house when I was 16 or 17. He had this photo on his wall from the ‘70s of a bunch of dudes with the coolest looking boards I had ever seen. From that day on, every time I went to Al’s […]

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11.4.13

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Behind the R Dot

Rusty Preisendorfer tells the story of the iconic logo

In 1985, Rusty Preisendorfer, an already accomplished surfboard shaper with a visual arts degree from UCSD, launched Rusty Surfboards and created what has become one of the most iconic logos in all of surfing. The “R Dot,” as it came to be known, was designed to be simple enough for kids to draw on their […]

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10.24.13

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What He Rode

Travis Lee breaks down Kai Otton's winning board from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

"The added rail rocker and continuous curve of The Proton made it the perfect board for the curvy waves at Supertubos. The deep-single concave also gave him great projection out of his turns. This model was developed with Dane Reynolds at the beachbreak waves south of Ventura, which are similar to Portugal's, so you could really see the board come to life under Kai’s feet." —Travis Lee

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10.22.13

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Support Local Shapers

Five reasons why local handshapes should always have a place in your quiver

We all know that the era of mass-produced handmade surfboards has come and gone. The biggest board manufacturers in the world rely on design programs and CNC machines more than skilled hands and power planers. But hand shaping hasn’t vanished from the earth—it just changed its address. Instead of residing in big factories, it’s moved into backyards, garages, and tool sheds. And while today’s hand shapers may not be able to churn out the same volume of boards as the biggest brands in the industry, they have more than a few redeeming qualities.

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10.10.13

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What He Rode: Mick Fanning

Darren Handley breaks down Mick's winning board from the Quik Pro France

You’ve got to control the power that France gives you, so the extra tail lift and the double concave helps you release some of that power. If you were to ride a really flat board out there, you’d be going really fast but wouldn’t be able to control your turns. Concave, tail rocker, and fin measurements are the factors that we play around with to make boards right for France.

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10.4.13

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The Boardroom

Kick the tires of a new ride this weekend in Costa Mesa

This weekend, October 5 and 6, The Boardroom, a kind of surfboard festival/trade show, will be going down at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. If you like surfboards, which, of course you do, you owe it to yourself to take a peek at what’s going on there. And there is an awful lot going on.

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9.26.13

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The Slip-In

A new twist on the time-honored single-fin

A cross between a tadpole and an electric toothbrush. Surely no one has uttered those words when describing the shape of a surfboard, and some might argue, never should. But that’s how you might describe the latest design from Swedish-born California transplant Thomas Meyerhoffer.

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9.23.13

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What He Rode: Taj Burrow

Matt Biolos talks about the board Taj rode to the win at the Hurley Pro

His boards generally have more curve and narrower tails and noses than most of the other boards I make. He rides some of the lowest volume, curviest boards on Tour and they lend themselves to quick surfing.

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