This is my friend Yoshi and I with our new boards.
A few months back Yosh wanted me to make him a Vector... in the end we decided to make a board for each other and do a swap. Yoshi makes beautiful boards on the Gold Coast under his Takeda label, is a craftsmen and does some beautiful resin tints as you can see on the fish he made me.
Since beginning shaping I have found myself more and more just riding my own boards... for two reasons I guess - firstly its important to stay in tune with the boards your creating and secondly I guess I feel in some underlying way that I should be riding my own boards. After all, why would somebody buy a board off me if they saw me surfing and I'm not even riding my own board!
But the truth is I love riding other people's boards. It was interesting riding Yoshi's fish he made me... feeling different sensations on the wave than my fish gave me... drawing slightly different lines... learning.
I remember maybe about 10 years back my dad went through a period where he predominantly rode boards that other people made him. Experiencing different designs, giving himself a break from the dust and fumes, and learning a lot. I remember I thought it was a strange thing for him to do at the time.
To check out more of Yoshi's work go here.