Those days observing taught me how to use the tools and how to look at and feel my way through foam to a good board.
Channel Islands has been building boards for some of the best surfers in the world since 1969.
If I get my sense of self-worth from merely how the boards are working, then I am only as good as the last board—and while some boards are good, some are not. That’s no way to live.
When I was born my dad made all the boards in the back; one by one he shaped and glassed them, and my mom would hand-make clothes to sell in the front retail space.
We make our boards by hand right here in America with craftsmen who love surfing and surfboards.
This has allowed us to be able to harness and manipulate flex better than ever, and flex is a key component to the way a board feels and works.
With this construction, the boards maintain their positive flex characteristics for much longer than other boards.
These days Simon Kile and Mike Andrews at CI, and Tim Patterson and Erik Arakawa are influences on my shaping.
That’s forty-eight years of hard work and experience that goes into every board.
Read more here: Surfer Mag