Shape room: more than a just a surfboard factory

What does an MBA and surfing have in common? Nick Traboulay, MBA candidate at the College of Business Administration of the California State Polytechnic University, is studying how surfers think how design theories affect surfboard shaping.

Traboulay wants to determine the demand for hosting evening classes on surfboard shaping, design theories and manufacturing materials. So, the MBA candidate has posted an online survey and invites everyone to respond to his questions. The "Shaper’s University Potential Customer Interest Survey" is available online.

In 10 minutes, surfers answer 50 simple questions like "How often do you surf?", "How many surfboards do you currently own?", "Have you ever tried to shape your own surfboard?", "A surfboard’s bottom contours are very important to my decision to purchasing a specific surfboard" and more.

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Alby Falzon: pictures with soul

Alby Falzon, the iconic photographer and filmmaker, has been elevated into the sport’s Hall of Fame at the Australian Surfing Awards. The Australian legend directed several remarkable surf movies.

The "Crystal Voyage" and "Morning of the Earth" are some of his great masterpieces. Growing up in the beachside suburb Maroubra in Sydney, Falzon did not begin surfing until age 14, when the family moved to the New South Wales Central Coast.

Co-founder of the original Aussie counter-culture surf bible, "Tracks", Falzon lives up to his reputation as the spiritual father of the alternative surf lifestyle. Falzon still lives on an eco-friendly farm he bought in the early 1970s near the NSW mid-north coast, where he cares for and feeds injured wildlife, before loading up his boards and driving to the beach for a surf.

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Prowlers: somewhere in Ireland

"Prowlers" is one of the finest secret spots in the world. A few months ago, a restricted group of intrepid and experienced big wave surfers have tested its power, in perfect wind and swell conditions.

The surf world only knew it is located off the west coast of Ireland, two kilometres far from the Cliffs of Moher. Back then, the wave was surfed by Richie Fitzgerald, Al Mennie, Andrew Cotton, Paul O'Kane, Barry Mottershead and Jeremy Johnson.

The tow-in session was led by Richie Fitzgerald. Today, the same man tells us a little bit more about the "Prowlers" wave, where the rides could reach 50 feet. In this exclusive interview to Northcore Boardriders, Fitzgerald explains how and when the wave was discovered, how it breaks, who named it and the future of tow-in surfing in Ireland.

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