Gunn Surfboards out of Asbury Park?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by icecreamheadache, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. njrider

    njrider Active Member

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    Johnny, it's a bummer...there were only 2 (handmade) board makers at surf expo last week. Cannibal Surfboards and Wave Tools,
     
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  2. Drew

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    Glassing is weird. Assuming that a board is glassed using the best materials (resin, cloth catalyst...et), and with experienced craftspeople, then it should not matter where in the USA it is glassed....CA, Asbury, or my small shop in Wanamassa. What DOES matter is the attention to detail. Glassing a board is 99 percent prep. Follow the proper steps, and excel at all of them, then the final result will be a strong, durable board that should reflect the personality of the person who will be riding,,,,,or at least look sexy for the show floor. It comes down to experience really. Or at least a deep understanding of what it really takes to get a board from foam to water. Glassing is only part of it. sanding is the next another critical step. It only takes a slightly sloppy glass job to devalue what was an amazing shape....and likewise, a middling sandjob, can kill a great glass job.

    Regarding the small culture in NJ/NY that has cropped up in the last 5-10 years....it's a wonderful community of a handful of shapers/builders that can and do create any board that rivals anything coming from CA, Hawaii, or AU. Between the handful of shapers here, you should not need to look anywhere else for your next log, or fish, or HP thruster wiggle stick.

    I think what's vital to this trend continuing is is to look local first. Build a relationship with one of us. Swing by our bays and have a chat and just talk about what works or you and what doesn't. My largest GUNN quiver is 10 boards between the father and his son. Most of my surfers have more than one shape from me...which is something I take great pride in. IF someone is happy, then they come back. Which is really the mark of success of any business.
     
  3. Basenji703

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    I agree with Drew. I have loved some of my Cali shaped boards, but ultimately I am riding localily shaped boards. I love my Frierson speed shape and it is perfect for the biggest waves I am liable to surf. My WRV shaped by Mike Doyle is amazing and it has killed my quiver. It rides anything small to head high and it would probably work in the bigger stuff (but I want to ride my Frierson in that stuff). The locals really understand the local conditions and shape accordingly.
     
  4. JBorbone

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    That's definitely a bummer. There's clearly a need for an east coast equivalent to the Boardroom Show. It would serve as a benefit to both the consumer and the producer.
     
  5. johnxyz

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    It’s difficult to get past the idea that boards made in the Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic can compete with California boards, based just on the surfing history alone. I would like to believe the shapes and glassing can be on par or even better quality regardless of locale but a shaper that has built 1,000’s of boards ( tens of thousands, in some cases), has to have a significant edge on a local guy with maybe 300-500 boards under their belt, in terms of variety, and refinement of shapes. Plus access to blanks, glass houses, and everything else that goes along with the surf industry.

    Hell every time someone is selling a hand-shaped Tak, the first thing a buyer asks if it’s made in Cali, or out of Ricky Carroll’s shop in FL - they prefer, and will pay more for the CA board.

    I’ll admit I’ve never seen an Eavey (NC?) longboard that I didn’t think looked absolutely fantastic.

    But you can’t fight City Hall...
     
  6. michael

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    From my extremely limited understanding, there's something to be said about the DT shaped Tak's vs the RC's. No one here needs a lecture on why collectables are collectable, but on the other side of the coin, the RC's seem to have a slightly modified rocker for beach break, and use a more buoyant blank to help with east coast type stuff. The same sort of thinking can be used for local shapers who surf your local breaks etc etc

    My heart would want a DT shaped tak, but the mind thinks an RC is more appropriate... just my .02c
     
  7. mike bigred

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    Drew is a good guy, I have known him since Greenlight was still running out of a machine warehouse down by the docks in Philly . He has shaped me a couple of boards, a high performance 2+1 long board that got dubbed my first "Pro" model. He also ventured outside his comfort zone and made me a 7'6" SUP with EPS. vector net, etc. Thing is bullet proof and light as hell. His skills have really advanced over the years and his work has only gotten way better.......

    Besides being a great board builder, I have to admit he is only a mediocre hockey player, who occasionally refuses to get off the ice when his shift is over. He also has trouble tripping over the blue line pretty repeatedly. Besides that....great guy :p
     
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  8. Drew

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    hahahahahah....mediocre would be an upgrade...however....I have been occasionally known to dangle the bendies and tickle the tendies. Sadly, my ice hockey skills have not progressed at the same pace of my shaping and glassing acumen.
     
  9. poidog

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    Gross generalities such as this -- East v West -- reducing a long, rich culture of East Coast surfing/shaping to one hand or the other, is a cheap indictment. There's a long line of quality East Coast shapers extending from the present (too many to name, though a short list would include Mayo, Eavey, Bill Board, Brian Wynn, our own Matty G, Drew's stuff looks killer...) back through Frierson, Austin, Redman, Jim Phillips was, of course, once an East Coast shaper. I'm getting cranky in my old age, but provincialism pisses me off. Can't fight city hall? Can you even see it from where you are?
     
  10. SeniorGrom

    SeniorGrom Well-Known Member

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    Don’t forget about Tinker West and there were/are others. No doubt the East was not the epicenter of surf culture. Just the access to quality foam blanks was a handicap. I know many here are not pro surfing fans but we do have the GOAT, Hobgoods, Randazzo, and I’m sure many more. I think it’s a silly debate. We are who we are and were who we were.
     
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