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Somebody's gotta do it. Tanner Gudauskas obliges. Screengrab by Alex Kilauano.

Board Barrons Trade Labcoats For Laybacks In Mexico

Two G-Bros and Kaito Ohashi clock in down south.

elsewhere // Jun 30, 2022
Words by August Howell
Reading Time: < 1 minute
Expertly shot and edited by Alex Kilauano.

In the corporate world, “research and development” conjures certain images in the mind’s eye.

In healthcare, it’s the white lab coat and a needle (and maybe mild side effects). If you’re in tech, R&D means microchips and overpriced AirPods (looking at you, Tim Apple.)

In the surfing industrial complex, R&D looks different. New trunks mean a trip to the Ments, right boss? If you work for Channel Islands, R&D means freshly poured resin. And if you’re really well behaved (and talented) it means dialing in new boards on a surf trip. CI recently scheduled highly respected test subjects Kaito Ohashi and two-thirds of the Gudauskas brothers (Tanner and Dane) onto a shift on warm water assembly lines to test an unusual array of equipment. 

In envy-inducing Mexican rights, the crew unveils some twins and thruster prototypes, as well as a certain Channel Islands x FORMER collab, the ‘Twad. The name feels kinda dirty, but in a good way. Strenuous work, this R&D. But someone has to do it.

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