Will prices be hiked up considering freight costs?
Yeah, a bit, but we put so much emphasis on our board production that we feel they will do fine over there. As long as the dollar stays where it should, of course.
How many guys do you have working to put all these boards together?
Shaping-wise, it’s just myself and two others. We really put a lot of emphasis on our machine, having it tuned and cleaned at all times, so it can consistently pump out quality shapes. And then we don’t need lots of shapers.
You recently did a trip with Mitch Coleborn, Jay Davies, and a few other team riders to test boards in Bali. How was that? What did you learn?
Yeah that was our first proper R&D trip. We brought lots of different shapes and board materials down there. One of the main thing we wanted to test were our new carbon boards, which are EPS boards that use carbon tape on the rails and bottom deck. According to the boys, the carbon boards feel super light and springy, while still producing powerful turns. Sometimes when boards are too light and fluffy, you’ll feel like you’re surfing good, but when you go back and watch the footage, you’ll realize you’re not throwing any spray. That wasn’t the case here.