Chris Mauro of Surfer Magazine hosted an open discussion and debate with the most influential shapers in the industry at The Boardroom in San Diego on Sunday October 7th. Here is the entire debate in case you missed it:
Mark Kelly Discussing Board Design and Number of Surfers in the World
John Pyzel on feedback from Pro Surfers and others | Innovation in Board Design
Sean Matteson on Board Materials
Pat Rawson (http://www.patrawsonsurfboards.com) has been shaping surfboards since 1966, and manufacturing surfboards on the North Shore of Oahu since 1972. Combining pre-proven, innovative custom designs with handcrafted experience, Rawson shapes and sells to 19 countries worldwide from 6 hi-tech manufacturing locations. His acclaim ranges from his home-base on Sunset Beach; Oahu, to the shores of California, Europe, Central and South America, Japan, and Australia. Over the last 30 years, Rawson has built North Shore custom quivers for the many traveling pros that flock to Hawaii each Fall season
Maurice Cole (http://www.mauricecole.com) is one of an increasingly rare breed: a genuine Australian original. Through 40-plus years of surfing, shaping and theorizing he’s developed an entirely unique take on the sport of surfing and the craft we use to perform it.
Maurice’s surfing history is as wild and woolly as the coasts hes inhabited. His sparring partners have included the likes of Wayne Lynch, Dane Kealoha, Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo. His own wave-riding spans pioneering years in western Victoria, South-West France, Northern Spain, Hawaii, and Western Australia. His instincts push him toward the sports cutting edge. Maurices partnership with Curren produced the Reverse Vee revolution of 1991 an idea that changed surfboard design forever.
Matt Calvani (http://www.bingsurf.com) Matt’s first job in the industry was apprentice to Tom Stanton, a well-known South Bay shaper and airbrusher. After learning and mastering the art of airbrushing, Matt naturally became interested in board building. In 1988, Wayne Rich gave Matt his first blank to shape. Though he continued to make his living at airbrushing, Matt began to hone his skills as a surfboard shaper. Twenty years of shaping later in 2008, Matt opened a surfboard shaping and glassing facility next to friend and foam supplier, Jeff Stoner. Matt continues to shape exclusively for Bing, Jacobs and Rick Surfboards today.
Mark Kelly Managing Director Global Surf Industries (GSI) (http://www.globalsurfindustries.com) sells over 50,000 surfboards in 16 countries annually. It operates from its world headquarters in Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Our wholly-owned distribution operations in Australia and the USA are supported by a large network of distribution specialists in various other countries. GSI was founded in June 2002. After decades of cottage industry-style operations, the time for a better way of supplying surfboards to the international surfing market had well and truly arrived.
Daniel Thomson (http://tomosurfboards.com) Daniel Thomson is an Australian born surfer/shaper and is at the forefront of a new movement of surfboard design. Straight edges, shorter boards, inspiration from F-15’s and F-22’s – the fighter planes. He’s been shaping for about 15 years (started at 15, now near 30). Taking boards to the ultra performance category it seems nothing is off limits in his shapes.
Jon Pyzel (http://www.pyzelsurfboards.com) Jon grew up in Santa Barbara, CA an area rich in surfing history and perfect right point, he quickly found himself deep into it. Matt Moore shaped his boards & explained the ideas & principles of surfboard design. After traveling around for surf Jon realized that he wanted to surf better waves in warmer water, making a permanent move to Oahu in 1992. He started out fixing dings and soon worked his way up to full time glasser. In 1995 he shaped himself a 6’1” that turned out to be a good board and has been shaping ever since. Today Jon still lives in Hawaii, where he runs the Pyzel Surfboards factory on the North Shore and travels to shape in Europe, Brazil, Uruguay, Japan, Indonesia and California. Yeah, and he shapes for the current world #3 surfer John John Florence.Tags: Daniel Thomson, Jon Pyzel, Mark Kelly, Matt Calvani, Maurice Cole, Pat Rawson, Peter Townend, PT, Roundtable Discussion, the boardroom, the surfboard show