A Day in The Life of Wayne Rich

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After interviewing legendary surfboard shaper, Wayne Rich at The Boardroom Show, he invited us to spend a typical day with him, showing us what exactly it takes to be on top of his game and to share his history in this super competitive industry. Arriving at his home in beautiful Santa Barbara, we immediately knew we were in the right spot. Parked outside, was a van filled with blanks and boards, both old and new. So excited to show us his latest project, he whipped out his gun-in-progress and explained to us his process, step-by-step. With a warm welcome into his house, we sat around the table in his living room, discussing the technology and evolution of his fins. Fins mean a lot to Wayne and he experiments extensively with the design, since he believes that one’s fin set-up is of equal importance to the shape of the surfboard itself. Then it was time for the tour… Also a huge fan of skateboarding, Wayne intrigued us with his skateboard collection, some from when he was just 7 years – The wear on the wheels were unbelievable. In amongst his framed images of his favorite secret surf spots, we came across these great images of Wayne taken by Branden Aroyan. We were completely overwhelmed by the the floor to ceiling stack of boards all around a room, that was 100% dedicated to boards: long boards, guns, asymmetrical boards, black boards and boards celebrating his mentors. All of Wayne’s boards feature unique handwriting – SO Awesome! Later that afternoon we followed Wayne over to his shaping room to meet with Pro surfer Chadd Konig, to discuss the specs of his new board. While Wayne and Chad were discussing what they wanted the board to consist of, we took a tour of his incredible shaping room…. Every shaper prefers a different type of lighting, depending on how they see things. For Wayne he prefers darker, softened lighting to see the details of the very intricate facets of shaping techniques. Inspiration items: Wayne tells us that the unknown man in the image that sits in his room is a master of his craft and he can tell this by the concentration on his face. In front the image stands a Daruma. Hand-made and painted by a monk from Shorinzan Daruma Temple in Japan. Wayne received it as a gift without painted eyes. While making a wish, Wayne painted on the first eye. Once his wish is fulfilled, Wayne will then paint on the other eye and take it back to the monastery where they will burn it in a ceremony. Featured on the shelf above, sits Wayne’s baby, a 22 inch Stanley fore plane. He purchased the tool in 1979. It was broken and cost $97.00 at the time. With some modification and restoration, Wayne still uses this approximately 100-year-old tool today. An incredible day with one of our heroes and we look forward to going for surf with him in the very near future!


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