Les echos du bowl

KEITH TEBOUL Interview

LA JOURNEE D'UN DES MEILLEURS SHAPER DU MONDE ! On a check ça sur un blog basé a Hawaii, the Shorekipa Chronicle (LES ECHOS DU BOWL D'HAWAII quoi!).....C'est en Anglais mais c'est bon cela se laisse lire comme du français............



What is a typical day like for you?-A typical day for me starts about 7 in the morningLLL ..have a coffee..check my emails from there I run quick by the beach to see if there are any waves......if there are I usually head back to work and work for a couple hours than head back down and surf..if its going to be windy that day I will usually work till about 12:00 than head to the beach for a sail....the main reason I check the waves in the morning is so that I know if I need to rush through work or if I can spend most of the day shaping...


Usually I will shape first so that the guys in the factory stay busy

than I do any computer designs needed and send them off to be milled on the machine....


Really I do alot of odds and ends form shaping / picking up blanks / dropping stuff to be shipped / banking making fin boxes / routing FCS fins for our styro surfboards..so really its just about getting done what needs to get done to keep a flow in the factory...


Once I have sailed or surfed I head back to the shop and usually work at the most 1 1/2 hours more...than a quick bike ride.....check my emails again ....dinner and crash out until the next day to do it all over again....


Keith, can you tell me how quatro started?


-Quatro started as 4 friends (Sean Ordonez,Jason Prior,Francisco Goya and myself)who wanted to create a new board brand. We basically got together and with Seans know how and started our own board company..


Who is now involved and how many boards do you produce a year?


-Now It is myself Lalo Goya and Francisco Goya we also employ 9 other people from our factory workers to our office staff....we produce about anywhere fro 300 to 600 custom boards including sailboards/surfboards/standups/ kiteboards...


What did you do before you were a shaper?


-I was working for HI-Tech as a buyer for the surf and skate department


Who was the lucky person to get the latest board to leave your shaping bay and what was it like?


-Actually I was...I just made myself a new Quad fin 7'3" long 75 lts and we are trying a new construction that allows the board to flex more and also is a clear lamination...no paint on the outside..so it is a different look and a new feel..


Quad fins are the latest thing to hit the headlines. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the quads?


-quads I have yet to see a disadvantage.....they are more neutral meaning you can front foot turn or back foot turn....fast too plane they jump well I am finding my aerial are coming back a bit more now....you can ride bigger volume boards and still have incredible turns....They drive like a single fin and finish your turn more fully than a twin fin.....I feel like they take the best aspects of single / twin and thruster and put them in one board...


Does the number of fins alone define the characteristics of a board or do you have to refine the rocker, outline and volume distribution to get the desired effect?


-I think you always start with a design you know and start adding fins and changing fin positions...from there than you start refining the shape to get the ultimate performance from having single / twin / thruster or quad....each design really need some aspects to get the most out of the fin concept you are working with..


Waveboards have moved from single fins via twinzers and now to quads. Is each concept still valid for different situations or is the quad the current pinnacle of waveboard evolution?


-I think each design has its place and really its all about trying

something new and seeing if it works for you...for me the quad seems to work well as I am really trying to surf the waves....but I think the best really is to try everything look at where you are sailing the most and make a descision based on this...Levi rides everything still at the moment sindle/twin and quad...I just saw pictures of Kauli in Pozo riding a single fin so really its about what you want to feel and what conditions you sail in..


Where do you think waveboard design is going next?


-For me waveboards are really going towards making the fastest loosest most efficient shapes that allow me to stay as close to the wave as possible finish my turns and really just do everything guys like Kelly Slater/Joel Parkinson are doing surfing and adding the benefits of launching aerials and all the moves that are helped along by having a sail...


Tattoos seem to be a big part of your life. How many have you got, which is you favourite and why?


-I have seven Tattoos ...they all really reflect a time in my life and different challenges or good times I went through.....My favorite is the new one I am about to do I my left arm to make it a complete sleeve...

This is going to be my favorite because it is really a turning point in my life at the moment and I look forward to inking it on my arm


It seems like you have the dream job. Do you still wish for more time on the water like the rest of us?


-I can't say that I lack any time on the water...but I do wish to travel more and be able to leave on the drop of a hat to follow a swell somewhere...this is my goal for the next couple of years is to surf and windsurf as much as possible and follow swell when I see it happening at some of my favorite breaks...


Describe the board you use the most.....


-I use a 7'3" 75 liters quad about 21 inches wide with a pretty curvy rocker mostly off the tail...


What is your dream sail?


-I would have to say my preferred conditions are 4.5 4 to 8 foot surf right hander smooth off the bottom yet a little racy down the line....it can be either here in Maui because its so incredible to go off with your peers around and too see them go off at the same time....or just with one other friend in a secret location just for the pure joy...


You have a pretty distinguished list of clients that ride your boards. If I ordered a board from you would you incorporate similar design concepts or are the boards ridden by pro riders completely different?


-I would use the same outlines and bottom contours and than I ask alot of questions what have you been riding/where do you sail mostly/do you jump alot what are you looking for the board too do....than from there we can start narrowing down what your needs are and than cater the board to you.....


Finally, Keith Teboul the mic is open, what do you want to say?


-I think mainly I am just trying to shape magic carpets for people to bring them to places they have never been !!!! Give them the ultimate ride!!!


Thanks Keith!   www.shorekipachronicles.co.uk

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