Josh Kerr flying high on Surfing Magazine’s Surfer/Shaper Mentawaii trip
Shaper Timmy Patterson with a little research to go along with his design
Pat O'Connell got a tube so good on his Timmy Patterson 5'10'' TL2 he claimed it over four times. Literally using four different methods: eyes covered, double fists in the air, camera look and camera point. He's actually still claiming it as I write this. Josh Kerr has turned the playful rights at Pitstops into an airport. Mikala Jones' tube prowess on any kind of board is absurd. And Eric Geiselman is showing that when your dad shapes your boards your whole life the outcome can be rather beneficial. His all-around game in any kind of surf has been incredible. Unfortunately for Eric though, he's waiting on a boardbag full of shapes and different technologies that hasn't arrived and his PU quiver is vanishing rather quickly. As is everyone's PU shapes (a testament to the limited durability standard PU boards possess). The Geislemans have snapped 2 clean in half and Josh Kerr demolished the rail of a freshie during the third duck dive he'd ever done on it. And we're only two days in.
But keep checking in with us at Surfingmagzine.com all week as we put the surfboard industry to the test. Kerr's already writing certain boards off as "a hoax." Mikala and Glen have been brainstorming up new boards with the help of peach vodka. And Pat-O can hardly sit still among all these surfboards. He's already logged more water time than most of the island combined. A shaper/surfer tag team event is in the works, as are surfer-conducted interviews with shapers. Kerr instigated Poker night is forthcoming and the swells are stacking up in the Indian Ocean. We're just getting started and the outcome of this trip should give us an interesting perspective as to where we are in this currently exciting and rather turbulent time in surfboard making. Definitely keep checking back in at www.SurfingMagazine.Com for the latest at the Kandui Resort.