And Now a Gor­geous Surf­board

Surfer - - Contents - Shaped by Zack Flores

Zack Flores’ Jim Phillips-in­spired Sin­gle Fin

“I started shap­ing when I was 10, just mak­ing boards in my garage,” says 18-year-old shaper and log­ger Zack Flores. “I started by watch­ing Jim Phillips—i just sat in his room for 2 years watch­ing him shape boards. Now I pretty much do ev­ery­thing my­self and use Jim’s old tem­plates. This long­board was a tem­plate from Jim. It’s re­ally, re­ally thin and knifed­out on the rails, which can be surfed more un­der the sur­face of the wa­ter. If you’re noserid­ing, it’s not like a heavy, thick log where you have a lot of foam on top of the wa­ter, so it’s faster and you can con­trol it eas­ier—it’s re­ally like a huge mid-length. I al­ways put a hard edge in the nose of my long­boards for that lit­tle ex­tra lift. I’ve been do­ing a lot of stuff with edges, like mi­cro-edges and stuff you barely no­tice. All my long­boards are re­ally flexy, too, so you can ma­nip­u­late where you are on the wave when you’re noserid­ing and also they give you a lit­tle more spring off of a turn.”

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