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Featured Shapers


Dennis Pang

Shaping master Dennis Pang moved up the ladder of experience from a start at Lightning Bolt, where he learned to shape from Gerry Lopez. After a stint with Local Motion, Pang began a 25-year stint with Town & Country surfboards, one of the premier factories for most of the surfboard era. Becoming the lead shaper at T&C, he build custom shapes for Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Michael Tomson, Martin Potter, Dave Kealoha, Dean Morrison, Marcus Hickman, and Wiggoly Dantes. But, it was  Marvin Foster and Myles Padaca, two young chargers, who provided truly standout performances on his shapes at Pipeline.

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Eric Arakawa

Born and raised in Hawaii, he was taught to surf by his father at the age of 10 in Waikiki on a 7'0" rounded tailed Barry Kanaiaupuni mini-gun. At the age of 14, he'd shaped his first board, a 5'8" round pin out of his family's Pearl City home. Today with 40 years of experience and having shaped boards for over the World Champions. Eric Arakawa is a designer dedicated to the innovation and advancement of performance surfboards. As a lifeling surfer, it is his hope to spread the stoke that surfing has brought him by producing boards that get you excited to surf, whether it's a shortboard, mini-simmons, or longboard. Used regularly by both local and touring pros, his boards have been ridden to victory in countless Triple Crowns a well as WCT and WQS events worldwide, including Longboard and Big Wave World Tours. He has also be honored by the surfing media for his achievements, including Surfing Magazine's Shaper of the Year in 2003.

It all started with his passion for surfing and the chance to save money on new boards, but he soon discovered he could also make it a professional career. Today Eric resides on the North Shore of Oahu with his wife Sue. Nearly all his children have now grown up, and he is still as passionate as ever about creating the perfect board.

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Jon Pyzel

Pyzel Surfboards began in a backyard shaping room on the North Shore around 1995, and has evolved to become one of the leading surfboard companies in the world today. 

A defining moment came in 1997. Alex Florence approached Jon about making a board for her oldest son John John, who was 5 at the time. From there forward, Jon and John John worked together to redefine what was possible for Grom surfing. Fast forward almost 20 years and John John Florence is 2X World Champ, widely considered the best surfer alive, all while riding Pyzel surfboards.

We didn't start this all to become a giant company, putting out as many "units" as we could, we started it because we love surfing and everything that goes with that - travel to new lands, great friendships, adventure. But most of all we started this because we love surfboards!

Today Pyzel Surfboards has grown to be an international business, but is still run by the family. Jon and his wife Dali live on the beach in Hawaii with their 2 daughters, and help run the Pyzel Surfboards factories on the North Shore and in Oceanside, CA. We take great pride in every board we build, and do our very best to make sure that our customers are getting exactly the right board for what they want to do. 

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Kerry Tokoro

VESSO Surfboard is a small team of shapers, artists and surfers devoted to the intersection of surfing and culture. Rather than creating another surfboard in this world, VESSO believes in communication between the shapers and prospective riders to ensure that we are able to craft the highest quality boards for all surfing conditions. Whether they are machine or hand made, VESSO guarantees that every board is created with love, pride, and passion to suite your surfing style.

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Max Medeiros

Max Medeiros is Max Medeiros.

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