Reynolds isn’t the only shaper who took an unconventional approach to their Duct Tape boards, but in the case of Hurst, the dysfunction wasn’t quite as intentional. “The planer is a power tool and I feel like I go a little rogue with it,” Hurst said. “I pretty much chop off a part of the board that shouldn’t be chopped off. ” Up until a year ago, Hurst claims she was completely oblivious to the art and detail that went into shaping, but through picking up the planer herself to shape boards for the Duct Tape Fest, she’s gained a whole new appreciation for what goes into a surfboard. “It’s really hard to make a surfboard,” Hurst said. “The hardest part about shaping is finding the outline and seeing the blank actually come into a surfboard.
Maniacal laughter echoed from the shaping bay as Dane Reynolds tore into a blank with a planer. “You think I’m concerned about dimensions? ” Reynolds said when probed about the specs of his very unconventional creations, which he was making in preparation for the Vans Duct Tape Festival at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. “I’m making boards that are really jacked,” Reynolds explained, “Things that look like they shouldn’t be surfboards.
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