why: After being frustrated with the lack of custom surfboards that were locally available, I became interested in making my own surfboards. 7 years ago I bought my first blank, ever since then it has become and obsession. Making surfboards is the only thing that I have found that is as satisfying as actually surfing.
the boards: My surfboards are built with quality and performance in mind. Every board is custom made for the individual, and tailored to their ability and riding style. My goal is to build boards that are better than what you'll find in your local surf shop. That's what a custom surfboard should be.
Why do I use epoxy? It's stronger, more UV stable, and has a lower specific gravity than traditional polyester resin. Epoxy also wets out better than polyester. Meaning, you achieve a higher glass to resin ratio, making a stronger lamination.
I try to incorporate more environmentally friendly materials. Materials such as; bamboo stringers, recycled EPS foam, bio-type polyurethane foam, and bioplasic accessories.
I also utilize new materials, like carbon fiber.
Carbon fiber, when used as a stringer, can create better positive flex.
Positive flex is the improved efficiency of energy return when load is
released. Or, better memory. This helps keep more speed when coming out of
turns and more powerful pumping.
born: Lihue, HI
grom hood: Cape May, NJ
current local: Honolulu, HI
abroad: Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Southern California.
years surfing: 19
work: 3 years(on/off) as a glasser / sander for Legend surfboards.