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11.4.13

Design Forum

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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9.9.13

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Ando’s Slow Dance Quiver

Craig Anderson talks through his lineup of boards from Slow Dance

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9.3.13

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What He Rode: Ace Buchan

The 2013 Teahupoo champion breaks down his magic quad

"If you can find a magic board you feel comfortable on, you don’t even think of it as a board anymore but as an extension of your body and you can just do whatever you want. I’ll be hanging onto that one from Teahupoo, and if the conditions are right I will pull it out again." —Ace Buchan

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8.26.13

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Just Press Print

Advancements in 3D printing could reshape the surfboard industry

The hype surrounding 3D printing has consumers and manufacturers buzzing. There have been discussions of printing everything from guns to steaks to entire buildings. NASA even funded the development of a 3D food printer to feed astronauts in space. Everyone wants a piece of the computer-generated pie. And surfers are no exception.

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