Shaper Reveal: 2023 Electric Acid Surfboard Test With Shaun Manners
Twelve shapers, four coastlines, one surfer.
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“You’re either on the bus or off the bus,” reads the graphic on all of our 2023 Electric Acid Surfboards.
The quote, a nod from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test writer Tom Wolfe to his lysergic inspiration Ken Kesey, reminisces an LSD-riddled road-trip through America in the 1960’s.
The Electric Acid Surfboard test is our annual opportunity to pull a three-fin minded, performance inclined purist onto our very own psychedelic safari of unconventional design. This year, in an attempt to achieve the widest variety of boards possible for our West Australian pilot, we requested precisely which type of board we wanted each shaper to make — rather than allowing them the freedom to mow foam within their comfort zone.
Tested on New Zealand’s South Island and three Australian coastlines, some designs orbit close to the refined high-performance sleds Shaun is comfortable with, while the rest range eclectically toward a sharply channeled, unfamiliar astral plane.
Some are made from discarded foam ‘rubbish’ — while others are made from highly engineered covert materials.
All are intended to expand the peripheral concepts of waveriding.
Scroll below for a list of all the shapers whose minds and hands have created our pink and fuschia kaleidoscope of unconventional foam.
Ian Byrne – @thehouseofbyrne
Burleigh Heads, Australia
Label: The House Of Byrne
Simon Jones — @morningoftheearthsurfboards
Byron Bay, Australia
Label: Morning Of The Earth Surfboards
Mark Richards — @markrichardssurfboards
Label: Mark Richards Surfboards
Josh Keogh — @joshua_keogh_
South Coast NSW, Australia
Label: Josh Keogh Surfboards
Hayden Cox — @haydenshapes
Ryan Lovelace — @ryanlovelace
Santa Barbara, California
Label: Ryan Lovelace Surf
Britt Merrick — @cisurfboards
Santa Barbara, California
Label: Channel Islands Surfboards
Neal Purchase Jnr — @nealpurchasejnr
Northern NSW, Australia
Label: Neal Purchase Designs
Eden Saul — @deadkooks
Label: Dead Kooks
Corey Graham — @coreygrahamshapes
Label: Corey Graham Shapes
Kobe Hughes — @kobodahobo
Justin Tiernes — @darkartssurf
San Diego, California
Brand: Dark Arts Surf
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