johnny woods | jdub surf­boards nz

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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!!

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