MEET THE MAKER
What are your life’s passions?
Being creative, travel, family, surfing, skating, snowboarding, and making surfboards and art.
What are your creative outlets?
I build performance-minded, handcrafted, colorful surfboards. I also like to create sculptures from the waste of the board building process.
What made you want to start making surfboards?
I started building boards because it was a craft I could do for life . Also when I was young I liked board design and always got custom boards made locally, so that kinda involvement in the process got me hyped to make my own boards .
Are your boards made for the Outer Banks?
My boards are suited for the Outer Banks because that’s where I have lived and surfed for more than 30 years. I especially like slightly wider nose outlines, wide point forward mid sections combined with hard-edged pulled-in tails and secret bottom concaves. All this creates a board that paddles well, goes fast, and provides performance on tight transitions.
How would you describe your personal approach to building boards?
My approach to board building is all about enjoying the art of hand-crafting something that stokes people out when they ride it. It makes a big difference that I really enjoy what I do.
How would you describe “performance hybrids”?
To me Performance Hybrids is taking the best thing about short boards (hard edges, bottom contours and good foil) and combining them with the qualities that make Fish work (wide point forward, slightly thicker and wider outlines).
Any words of wisdom for young artists/shapers coming up?
My advice to young board builders is to learn the entire process, it’s a lot to learn and that kind of experience will reflect in your boards. As for young artists, put in the time develop your skills and do it for the love of creating and good things will happen.