What do you like most about the shaping process?
The whole thing: sketching an idea on a post-it to the finished product under your feet flying down a wave—or watching a friend shred past you on one of your shapes. When actually shaping, I enjoy drawing templates, and the final screen of a board when you’re honing it in.
You obviously don’t discriminate when it comes to riding different types of boards. If you had to choose one board from your massive quiver that you had to ride exclusively for the next year, which one would you choose and why?
Hmm… Maybe my six-foot-eight-inch Stoker. It seems like you could ride it in anything.
How many surfboards do you own currently?
Haha… Uhhh… I think I’m a little over 100, but that is over 20 years of surfing.
Who do you draw inspiration from in your surfing? Shaping? And art?
Many people… In surfing, Lance Carson, Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Joel Tudor, Occy, Wayne Lynch, Gerry Lopez, Nat Young, George Greenough are some influences in surfing. Art: Dali, Picasso, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 60’s Poster art, Norman Rockwell, vintage advertisements, Warhol, Magritte, My Uncle, Alphonse Mucha, Nagel, so many but that’s a few off the top of my head. Shaping: Terry Martin, Campbell Bros, Donald Takayama, Al Merrick, George Greenough, Dick Brewer, Rich Pavel