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
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."
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.
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
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
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
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.