Just as Polintan passed around that lone board amongst his local surf community in the Philippines years ago, he uses Happy Battle as a vehicle to, in his words, “push the culture forward. ” Happy Battle does this by not only stocking boards from local legends such as Hank Byzak, Jay Novak, Larry Mabile, John Holly and more, but also boards built by up-and-coming shapers, like Reid Lingenfelter and Nick Melanson, who are dedicated to learning the craft.
Looking for work, he started contacting local shapers for accounting jobs. “A shaper told me he sold a lot of boards and made a lot of money the previous year,” Polintan said. “I said, ‘Oh yeah? Let me see your books. ’ I looked at all his expenses, time it takes to shape a board, glassing and the whole process.
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