My Dad "Phil" was a 1970's Florida surfer and craftsman who picked up shaping from the Nichols Brothers at the Chicken House here in Titusville, FL. He gave me my first board when I was twelve in 1992. It was a used 5-10 Island Surf Shop Ricky Caroll with two glass in fins and a tri-fin fin box. I shaped and glassed my first board with him in 1995 when I was around fifteen. That board a 7' 0" fun shape that was the easiest board to surf on. I took it on my first surf trip to Cape Hatteras with my uncle Joe right after he finished it. My next board was a 6-0 twin fin fish that he shaped. I was pretty much the only kid out there on a big round nose twin fin fish. It was so different. The way it turned, caught waves, just different. He loved egg shapes, fishes, and just old school designs that he new worked. I definitely think I started young with a range of board design, even when everyone just surfed potato chips. I am sure a lot of my shaping still to this day comes from him.
I have been blessed to grow up surfing Playalinda and other Brevard and Volusia spots on various types of boards. Now... Fast forward thirty years later and I am just as passionate about surfing and surfboards as I was when I was a kid. I love working with the surfer and to determine what works best for them. I focus on matching the board with the surfer and the wave. Every person is different, and one size does not fit all.