Dane Reynolds Talks SurfboardsDec 10, 2018
Last Friday, Vans hosted a Duct Tape Festival at Ala Moana Bowls, on Oahu’s South Shore. Dane Reynolds, Wade Goodall, Mikey February, and Karina Rozunko all shaped all manner of surf craft that was available to the public to test out in the small, shapely surf at Bowls. There was music, there were hot dogs, the sun was shining and the tradewinds rustled through the palm trees — a perfect beach day on the South Shore.
Being surrounded by all manner of surf craft, and seeing Dane’s two funky handshapes, we figured it was a good time to sit under said swaying palm trees and catch up with Ventura’s favorite freesurfer to talk boards and board design and models — and also, where the heck did the term “Neck Beard” come from, anyways? (Hint: Shane Beschen.) Read on.
Michael February, Karina Rozunko, Dane Reynolds and Wade Goodall. Photo: Jimmy Wilson
What inspired you to start shaping?
I have been shaping a while, but I don’t do it very often these days. Pretty much mostly mainly for these events. I would love to shape more. It’s really fun to do, but you can fall out of practice really quick. But surprisingly, i was pretty happy with the two boards I made for this event.
What were the goals for this event?
I basically just had two blanks already in my shaping bay. One was too thin to make a board my size out of, so I chose to make what I called a grom board, but it’s not really a grom board. I mean, I ride big boards and it’s too small for me. That’s all it is. But I just used the Dumpster Diver template on that one. Then, the other one I made a template off of an MTF that I used to ride a lot that had so much ding repair around the hip. It was a wing, but it turned into a hip because of ding repair. I made a template off of it because I really loved it. I kind of loosely used that. I used that for maybe the back half and then the front half, I kind of made it more like shortboard nose. I don’t know why. I didn’t choose those for any real reason other than something I thought someone would have fun on.
What have you learned about surfing from shaping?
It definitely gives you perspective on how good shapers are that consistently pop out boards that work. It’s hard to replicate a good design and to consistently make a board that works well. Also, that sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to why a board works. A board can look perfect and completely bog water. Then, the board could look all messed up and out of shape. Like, one rail’s different than the other and the bottom contours are all jacked and there’s flat spots — and it works amazing.
Are you able to talk about it better because you’ve had some experience?
Probably. When I first started learning...