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2.10.14

Design Forum

The Surfboard of the Future

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 […]

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2.10.14

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In The Shaping Bay

Talking shop with Ventura's Todd Proctor

Meet Todd and Charissa Proctor of Proctor Surfboards.

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2.7.14

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GMac’s New Whip

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."

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1.6.14

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Mushroom Surfboards

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.

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12.19.13

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What He Rode: World Title Edition

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

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12.19.13

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Pointers

Breaking down the elements of an ideal pointbreak surfboard

“I see a lot of guys on shorter boards not making the sections and doing small turns that are lost on the long walls of J-Bay,” says Andrew Carter, a South African shaper who’s shaped more than his fair share of boards for Jeffreys Bay. “When it comes to surfing a solid pointbreak that’s really standing up, you can go a little bit bigger than your standard shortboard."

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11.25.13

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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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