Can you explain the unique features of each shape and what kind of riding they’re best for?
I wanted to have three models to use like a surfboard quiver: one for short carves and reacting like crazy (the Mosquito), one to cruise all day and hold longer turns (the Smoke) and one for pure charging and long, fast turns (The Gun).
Is shaping a science or an art? How does the design process work? From the idea to the final prototype.
Shaping is the result of years of riding and analyzing that feeling you’re always chasing… So I wouldn’t say it’s an art but rather the translation of passion, but you need to bring some science into it to try to reach the ultimate goal.
All our boards are designed by hand, then after cutting and shaping pieces of wood we redesign them on the computer to build the first molds. After this we do a lot of prototyping with different flexes and materials to try to find the best combination before we settle on the final design.
Sometimes it can be really fast between an idea and the final execution, but as we always try to push further it takes a lot of time, especially with the new edge construction.