Stab Magazine | Everybody Should Shape Their Own Surfboard, At Least Once

Live Now: How Surfers Get Paid — The Queens of Ascension

8 Views

Everybody Should Shape Their Own Surfboard, At Least Once

A bright, sunshine-y day of DIY handshapes and heaving Haleiwa for the Vans Duct Tape Festival

cinema // Dec 9, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

For any surfer serious about the pursuit, whittling your own piece of foam is a rite of passage. 

A revelation of sorts, hacking into a block of PU, cutting an outline, making that first planer pass, surforming it just so—it’s one of the one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences a surfer can have.

While the Duct Tape franchise has been synonymous with Joel Tudor’s hand-selected longboard contests since its inception in 2010, in the last year Vans and Tudor have broadened the event’s focus toward the forgotten art of shaping your own surfboards. Starting with last year’s Duct Tape Festival in Tofino, Vans’ Duct Tape Festivals feature handshapes from their teamriders, all of whom possess varying degrees of experience with blank and planer. 

 

 

 

IMG 3410

Tanner Gudauskas pushing Nathan Fletcher’s quad through a proper rail-grab bottom turn.

Photography

Sam Moody

IMG 3413 2

Michael February , jazz hands on Nathan Fletcher’s quad.

Photography

Sam Moody

Yesterday at Haleiwa, after weeks of wind, weather, and raw swell, the Vans crew enjoyed a sunny day with light winds and solid surf for their Duct Tape Festival beach day. The event showcased six handshapes from Vans team riders, and let anyone interested take them for a spin in the chunky, but rippable surf.

Shaped by Wade Goodall, Nathan Fletcher, and Alex Knost (the advertised star of the show, Dane Reynolds, was kept Stateside by the horrifying fires still raging in Ventura), the six boards ranged from a stubby diamond tail quad by Nathan, Knost’s psychedelic-sprayed 7’0 pintail and 6’8 Bonzer he shaped with Malcolm Campbell (as seen at Kelly’s Wave last week), and Goodall’s 7’0 Haleiwa-specific double ender, a collaboration with Morning of the Earth Surfboards’ Chris Brock—reminiscent of Tom Curren’s famous handshape with George Greenough in …Lost’s 5’5” 19 ¼.  (Goodall also shaped a 6’0 that he couldn’t have imagined a worse wave for than solid Haleiwa—regardless, the thing looked great under everyone’s feet.)

IMG 3404

Wade Goodall burying his handshape through a Haleiwa hack.

Photography

Sam Moody

IMG 3402

“I bought an old Bonzer a few years ago, that was in really good shape, and that got me really into them,” says Al Knost, who consulted the caring hands of Bonzer pater familias Malcolm Campbell on this 7’8 three-fin take on the 70s pin tail outlines Al’s been pushing the last few years.

IMG 3399

Pat Gudauskas making Wade Goodall’s Chris Brock collaboration look spicy.

Photography

Sam Moody

With plenty of surf on tap, everyone from Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas to Dylan Graves, Tomas Hermes, Tudor, Michael February, and others got weird in the Haleiwa rip bowls, putting the unorthodox sleds through their paces. The crowd chatted up the boys on their creations, took photos with the Van Doren clan, smashed pizza basking in the soft Hawaiian sun, and enjoyed the view on a bright and brilliant North Shore afternoon.

Scroll through for a look at a few of the boards the boys whittled for everyone’s enjoyment: 

VMSMITH 0075

Wade Goodall made this slick, flat, speed-shape little 6’0 for pretty much the opposite of solid Haleiwa in mind. Alas, the little slipper fit the Vans teams feet just fine, from the looks of the lines they were taking on the short pintail.

Photography

Victoria Moura

VMSMITH 0114

Al Knost looked as loose on this 7’8″ Bonzer at lumpy, well-overhead Haleiwa, as it did last week in spiraling Lemoore cylinders.

Photography

Victoria Moura

VMSMITH 0095

“I think everyone’s performance surfboards are going to look something like this soon,” says Nathan Fletcher on his stubby quad-fin. “Shorter, thicker. I shaped this for small beachbreaks, or like inside Rocky Point, small, quick little air waves.”

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Full Frame: His & Hers Tow Tango Somewhere In Aus

Date night with Imogen and Cortney Brown.

May 27, 2024

Top Two Women Axed Early, Three Join The 9+ Club, Kelly Reveals Reptile-Inspired Baby Name

Hint: it rhymes with Slater and could eat you (or a zebra).

May 26, 2024

The Stab Interview: 5x CT Winner, Budding Entrepreneur, And Stab High Invitee Julian Wilson

If you never retire, you can't call it a comeback.

May 25, 2024

The Best Surfing I’ve Ever Seen: Lachlan Mckinnon

How often does a filmer pay for the surfer's plane ticket?

May 25, 2024

Hurley Can Now Legally Rent A Car

A quarter-century in the surf game is no small feat.

May 24, 2024

Airs On Trees: Bosiny Cracked The High-Performance Wood Surfboard Code 

Feat. Paulownia wood reinforced with Kevlar, these boards are as light as PU and loaded with spring. 

May 23, 2024

What’s In A Wedge?

Enjoyable water movement, explained by an expert.

May 23, 2024

Watch: Tosh Tudor In ‘Tube Therapy’

The 19-year old offers prescriptive insights into Desert Point karma, backside tube poise, and Off-The-Wall…

May 23, 2024

Swell’s En Route, Slater’s Involved, Here Comes Teahupo’o… 

A Tahiti Pro preview.

May 22, 2024

Can Medina Overcome His CT Drought In Tahiti?

Tahurai Henry offers his picks for the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro

May 21, 2024

The 35 Best Song Pairings In Surf Films, As Ranked By Dane Reynolds, Taylor Steele & You

From Noa Deane and Courtney Love, to Andy Irons and Coldplay, to Creed McTaggart and…

May 20, 2024

Is This The Most Cost Efficient Way To Noticeably Improve Your Surfing In A Single Month?

All you can eat for $1500 AUD at URBNSURF Melbourne.

May 20, 2024

Watch And Learn: How To Score A Solo Sesh At 8-Foot Teahupo’o With Leonardo Fioravanti

Skip lunch and gorge.

May 19, 2024

Full Frame: The Story Behind The Photo You’ve Seen 1,000 Times

A viral ménage à trois in Bali.

May 18, 2024

Meet The Man Who Runs Kelly Slater’s Burgeoning Surf Empire

The Stab Interview with Dylan Slater. 

May 18, 2024

How Surfers Get Paid: Season 2, Episode 4

80+ interviews later, it's time to "send out the chicks".

May 17, 2024

How To Get To Stab High Japan

BYO ligaments. 

May 16, 2024

CT Earlybirds, Tahitian Warlords, And Aspirational Teenagers Divide Spoils From “11 out of 10” Teahupo’o Blob

Eimeo Czermak, Balaram Stack, Liam O'Brien, Cannon Carr, and Ryan Miller divulge tales from the…

May 16, 2024
Advertisement