With all of the Northeast Florida beaches closed and unridden waves crashing on nearly every coastline around the world, there’s not much to do but stay safe and try to stay sane. Certainly you can ogle some real fine surfboards and mind-surf them (maybe even order one for better days ahead). Regardless of the current situation, we think adding just one of these sleds to your quiver would be real cool. And you’d be supporting local, something that’s never been more important!
The Motes Model
Savage Surfboards | Available at Sunrise Surf Shop
A collaboration between Motes and legendary EC shaper Kenny Briel of Savage Surfboards, The Motes Model takes the groveler-formula and pushes the short-wide-flat-thick modern hull design to its practical limits. And, as evidenced by Motes’ consistently high-performance performances on our daily report, nothing can slow this board down. If there ever were a thruster perfectly suited for Northeast Florida, this very well could be it.
Whisnant Surfboards| Available for Custom Orders
On this gorgeous, mellow-rockered 4+1 mid-length, local ledge Mike Whisnant certainly pulled from his deep well of skills, adding 60/40 rails to a rolled vee bottom contour and double concave that runs from the clustered quad fins through the board’s midpoint. This thing can move, an effortless paddle with race-y down the line speed. And though it may add little to the board’s inertia, we’re feeling the choice glass job by recent addition to the Whisnant empire, glasser-extraordinaire Derek Jackson (AKA Useless Toys). A modern craft built for primitive pleasure, this board should be in your future quiver.
Ghetto Surfboards | Custom Orders Available via Instagram or Facebook
A product of Ghetto Surf builder Sean Piper’s endless tinkering, The Apprentice is a take on the somewhat obscure mid-60’s pintail, The Hansen Master. While the board’s name may carry Piper’s preference for cheeky, self-deprecation, it certainly highlights his talents as a total-package kind of board-builder. Savvily designed, shaped with subtle belly and slightly pinched 50/50 rails, then glassed (double 6 oz volan on top and bottom) to feature two pinned-out forrest green panels that clash ever-so-punk-rockishly with the carrot orange foam between the board’s two cedar stringers.
Shapes by Jay Gordon | Custom Orders Available via Instagram
While it’s not perfect (environmentally speaking, that is), this sleek, appealing 5’9” modern twin certainly represents progress. Shaped by Gordon—who is one of those rare shapers who not only outsurfs most of his clients, but also virtually everyone in the lineup on any given day—from recycled EPS foam from Marko Foam, then glassed with a plant-based bio resin, the construction of this board is far more sustainable than your traditional off-the-rack popout. To review: An elegantly designed twin-fin, constructed from some of the most eco-friendly materials available, by a shredding local shaper. Now, that’s a neat surfboard!
Mini Pig Fastback Pintail
Clean Ocean Surfboards| Available at Clean Ocean Surfboards
Clean Ocean Surfboards are revered on the East Coast, for good reason
This knife-y, wide-point-back mid-length is a fine example and is certain to catch the eye of any surfer with an open mind and/or preference for high-line styling and radical arcs. Alas, as this neat surfboard makes clear, radical lines will never go out of style.
Dominion Surfboards | Available at Mangrove Surf + Supply
This Dominion twin fin—with its beveled rails, flat deck, epoxy, high-density foam construction and clean outline—brings a retro template into the modern era, and stands to be an accessible entry point for any surfer looking to add a little more speed and fun to his or her sessions. Shaped by Stephen Scruggs out of NSB, the board is a lightweight counterpoint to the heavier keel-finned twins of the past. Mangrove shop owner Dustin Estes pairs his 5’5” with Ryan Lovelace Piggy Back keels from True Ames—as opposed to traditional, wide-based keels—for added responsiveness.
Fishbird Surfboards | Custom orders available via Instagram or email
Tal Hazlehurst of Fishbird Surfboards is the kind of underground shaper that needs little in the way of notoriety to keep mowing away. And, as evidenced by this nine-and-a-half foot, convex- and vee-bottomed displacement hull he calls the Ditch Pickle, Hazlehurst is certainly not wanting for imagination. The Ditch Pickle certainly aims at a new kind of experience. Hazlehurst offers that the board “loves a nice wall, high lines, and cranking bottom turns.”
This feature appeared in Void Magazine’s April 2020 issue. It’s all digital, full of FEEL GOOD content, and ready for your eyeballs. Read the issue by clicking the mag below.