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posted by / interview / November 3, 2009

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Andrew Doheny goes all Slater on us

Andrew Doheny, 17, is the latest surfer/shaper hybrid to shred on his own boards. He’s a bit less refined than most, dropping a blank in his back yard and going at it with a cheese grater and a bread knife rather than a CAD-assisted robot. He’s like a miniature, Newport-bred Slater but with more primitive tools, and no Al Merrick giving pointers, and no world titles, and no girlfriend. We spoke with him to find out what the hell.

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So, young Andrew, you’ve caught the shaping bug?

Yeah, it’s been so sick. I started about two months ago, got a couple blanks and bought some tools at a glassing shop. The boards don’t look so good, but they actually work. Everyone loves them.

Everyone? Who’s testing the shapes, besides you?

I’ve shaped Kyle [Kennelly] a board, I just did one for Ford [Archbold], and I did two for these little groms in Newport.

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How many total?

About seven, not very many at all. But each one takes a day at least, maybe two days.

What’s the plan now? How far are you taking this little experiment?

Um, I’m definitely going to bring a bunch to the Coldwater Classic [in Santa Cruz]. Kyle has like no boards right now so I just shaped him a shortboard, like a contest board, and it just got glassed. So he’s going to try that out and he’ll probably ride it in the contest. It’s not like he has any other boards.


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So is Kyle pretty much sponsored by Doheny Shapes? How much are you charging him?

I haven’t charged anyone yet. Maybe in the future I’ll charge some people, but I’m not looking to make anything; it’s just some fun.

Not even old enough to vote, and you already have your own pro team.

Nah, nah. It costs like a hundred fifty to get a board glassed, but I mean…I don’t really care. I’ll just make people happy for that much, no worries. I just wanna make boards and ride them and have fun, and make my friends stoked.

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Andrew at work in his shaping bay…

board carving from 3SLOBS! on Vimeo.

and in his front yard.

CLIP OF THE WEEK! from 3SLOBS! on Vimeo.

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  • Razmataz

    Man, those california people always have the tiniest little yards with like fences right up against the houses and stuff.

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