Thinking of Tofino the other day and found this article. Be sure to find the video at the bottom of the post …
Not Your Daddy’s Longboard
BY CLIFF KUANG | Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM
A maverick surfboard maker–and former Apple designer–creates “the most radical leap in board design in 50 years.”
After quitting his job as a designer at Apple in 1998, Thomas Meyerhoffer dedicated himself to surfing every day. But he hated his boards, and set about inventing a new one. Though initially laughed at, the design is now something of a blockbuster–the initial run of 1,000 copies sold out, and the backorders stretch through February.
As The New York Times reports, Meyerhoffer–who has also designed for Porsche and Cappelini, and created everything from paper towel dispensers and ski goggles–approached the task with zero preconceptions. He let trial and error guide him; as he says, “I never designed the board to look this way. It became this way.” Not without a lot of intensive work, though: Meyerhoffer originally started producing prototypes using CNC milling, but that wasn’t precise enough so he had to re-learn the lost art of manual board shaping.
What The Times article manages to skip entirely is why the board actually works …
Meyerhoffer Longboard by Modern (watch video):