John Wesley Interview

Beach Beach Rays international surfboard show Interview john wesley shaper southern california coast surf surfboard shaper surfer surfing The boardroom Vast

Shaper, John Wesley builds select specific custom boards, inspired by transitional period Australian designs and surfing approaches of subtle refined displaced entries and vees. We caught up with him at The Boardroom, International Surfboard Show... Where did your love for surf come from? I'm not sure , I began surfing when I was 8 years old and just fell in love with it. I always loved the ocean and anything outside really before that . What is your earliest surf memory? My earliest surf memories would be surfing in the summer at Doheny when I was just a little kid, didn't know anything about tides, winds, swell direction but was completely mesmerized . How long have you been shaping boards for and how did you decide to start? I've been shaping boards since about my last year in high school. I got started doing all my own ding repair and watching my custom boards get shaped and was always asking questions . First I got into glassing boards my friend, Dodge made in his garage. I never thought I could be a shaper, but as soon as I started I was obsessed with making each board better than the last. Really the basic principle of compiling new information especially on surfboards was incredible to me. I was fortunate enough to have been able to learn a lot from a few guys who were really helpful, like Terry Martin. Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to the design, shape and style of your boards? My inspirations come from a vast spectrum. As far as design goes, I try and incorporate basic ideas from some of my favorite boards from the past such as McTavish Vee-Bottom, NAT Young's Magic Sam, Steve Lis fish, but really evolve them to modern standards and function so that all my customers can really enjoy and progress their surfing on any given day. As for style, I'm not a huge fan of spray paint , messy look, I guess I really appreciate it when someone has put their bear heart and soul into a project ,whatever it may be... from a piece of art, a car, furniture, or a surfboard. So I really try to reflect that in the image of the boards, so they really shine and are absolutely unique. Do you have any heroes and/or mentors? There are a few people Iā€™m thankful enough to know personally, acknowledge their accomplishments and aspire to be grouped in with them in people's conversation one day, but in the end everyone's human and no one is above another. It's just an individual's hard work and ambition that sets people apart. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? For my age - I'm really thankful for everyone who believes in me and I get to work with, so just that really gets me stoked. I would say being able to travel, specifically to Europe because of my amazing distributors Rui from Magic Quiver Surf Shop in Portugal and UWL in France. What is something that you would do differently? My main goal for 2013 is to really keep the wait time down for customers and to make sure they are happy and 110% satisfied with every single order that goes through the shop. What do you think is the future of your industry? I definitely see it growing as it is now... and the line between mainstream short boarding and alternative board making to blur. Which board (of yours) is your personal favorite? Right now I'm really stoked on my 6.0 traveler single fin, but my spacepin is always good to me. [caption id="attachment_2097" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Spacepin[/caption] Any exciting projects coming up? Yeah I have a couple big moves for 2013 were setting up right now , which should go well. Other than that, just keep designing and producing the best boards by hand I possibly can.


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