the next paragraph he says: "Drift: So the Riddler is essentially the end product of your 15 years of research into advancing traditional longboards? TH: Exactly. I try to get my surfing to the level that longboarding was at in the mid-1960s â€“ what I consider to be its zenith. I try to surf the way that the top riders from that era did â€“ Steve Bigler, Lance Carson and Miki Dora. I try to get my board building to that standard too. The shortboard really stepped in at about 1967, but I wanted to advance longboarding on through as if that had never happened. So hopefully Iâ€™m somewhere into the â€™80s now, but with that same equipment. I see a lot of professional longboarders riding equipment so closely related to the shortboard that they set the bar so low itâ€™s easy to reach. Then they get bored and they look back to â€™70s-style boards, but we already know where that goes â€“ Kelly Slaterâ€™s board, know what I mean? So I set the bar up here [gesturing above his head]; I keep trying to reach it but thereâ€™s so much more to learn and Iâ€™m not bored." i would have expected something different.