johnny woods | jdub surfboards nz
What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? I Well I remember exactly what inspired me to start shaping, It happened when I was going into Seasons Surfboards to order my very first custom board, they were based on Teed St, New Market at the time, it had a tiny shop well back off the street if you blinked you would miss it, the factory was out the back and no one was allowed in, this all added to a mystique for a young budding surfer. There always seemed to be lots of activity in and around the shop, with groupies, customers and staff coming and going, I was a frothing grom who had been in the shop many times drooling over the shiny new boards on display, now I was ordering my very own first new board, the smell of polyester resin and spray thinners were heavy in the air. BJ the owner and main shaper was a great guy to deal with he had me ordering a 5’11” six channel bottom thruster, an of the features of this board did at all, it just looked fucking fast, lol. I will never forget that experience, waiting the 4 weeks to get that new board in my hands was the longest 4 weeks of my life and enjoyed every minute of it, hahaha. Surfboard companies are starting to include board volume on their dimensions, do you think it’s a good measurement to base your board choice on and how do you decide what volume board fits you? Yes I think more and more surfers are becoming aware of how many litres volume are in their current boards, I get asked that question a lot from guys these days, we can learn heaps from this measurement and adjust overall volume accordingly. There are still of course many other factors to consider with volume for example where this
volume is distributed through a board can change many factors not only floatation. Distributing this volume accurate throughout the boards foil is a skill and one that comes from hand shaping lots of boards to know what volume does in different areas of board including the boards outline. What are the key things a surfer should look at when looking for a new board? Being real, be truthful to yourself and pass this onto your shaper, he really wants the best for you and what your requiring in your boards, be truthful in level of skill, what you really want out of this fantastic passion called surfing, ask as many questions as you need of your shaper to get the board you really want, we are all lucky to now have the boards as close to perfect in every way as they have been throughout board making history so there is a board for everyone right now With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards do you think shapers will
ever become irrelevant in the future? No, not at all, yes a guy can get hold of a cad file and tweak and tune it but a true designer still shapes a prototype or master board by hand to go off originally, I must admit it has taken some time for me to adjust to using a computer shaping process as I hand shaped for years and I was always working on a 1-1 scale , computer files on screen are not to scale of coarse so you can’t just pick a model your working and run your hands over it feel the flow from nose to tall, rail to rail like .
Who’s the future of NZ surfing? There are so many talented up and coming young surfers it s great to see, we need to keep pushing this sport in a positive way and that there is this great options for kids most who usually grow up playing rugby or netball. We are slowly becoming more of a surf culture in this the best damn country in the world to be and surf IMO, peace!!