Adapted Lines

How Joel Tudor's board designs influence his modern techniques

Joel Tudor’s quiver is a lesson in modern board philosophy: the magic lies not necessarily in what you ride, but in how well you know each board, trusting the details that will suit a variety of wave conditions. “I was lucky as a kid because I got to hang with surfers who clued me in early, teaching me the value of all these different designs,” Tudor once wrote. “Today, it seems like everybody understands that value, which is really cool. Surfing is in a brilliant spot where people ride whatever they want and there’s no stigma.” We met with Joel and toured his expansive quiver at his Southern California home, where he showed us his philosophy in designs that are as iconically timeless as his style.