In my recent interview with Hawaii born international shaper/surfer, Dennis Pang, I got a chance to know the guy who’s more than just your average shaper. Dennis talks about his SUP race creation for Tropical Blends – the 17’6” custom race board that Guy Pere won rode to win the 2009 Duke’s Oceanfest.
Dennis said he goes for these types of boards for distance and endurance because of its inertia. And this is why he’s been doing a lot of custom boards lately. I personally agree with him because from my experience, the heavier boards have more momentum, though you have to put more muscle to initiate it. My take on this is that, since I started doing the distant runs, I notice that I’ve been burning a lot of calories. So, if you’re up to gaining something from doing cardio stuff and losing weight, take Dennis’ advice: “go distance paddling, read the water and take advantage of Hawaii’s ocean.” For a preview of Dennis’ 18 year-career of shaping high performance boards and other surfing tips, check out this phone interview.