This first episode we build a surfboard out of honeycomb paper with the help of legendary surf shaper Jeff Doc Lausch and Mike Martinez, Ernest’s creative director and design lab mad man. As you know, paper does not like water. When we first got into this build we had an incredibly optimistic view and thought, “oh shit yeah, this is no problem. We got this” After a month of trial and error, we started to worry a bit. We went through many paper blanks and hours of head scratching so huge props to Doc for having the brain space and patience to deal with shaping such an unorthodox material into a surfboard. Once we started to dial out the shape and work with the honeycomb paper in an efficient way, the board started to come together quickly thanks to Mike and Doc’s dedication stiffen up the material. Doc has been shaping surfboards for a long time and once he was feeling good about the blank, the actual surfboard started to take shape quickly. Trial and error is a big part of this show and how we like to work and this one, had plenty of both, but paid off big time! We had a blast surfing the Paper Surfboard! It’s always fun riding something that you feel shouldn’t ride, it opens your mind to what’s possible. And this, well this could actually be something real. Think SUP boards, or even progressive surf shreds for that matter. This is not a puzzle cut exoskeleton that is pieced together; this is paper surf blank that can be shaped like the industry standard foam blanks. Additional coolness we quickly learned from this core, you can see right through it! You can see the fish swim right under you as your sitting and waiting for a wave, how cool is that?
Check it out when you have a minute and let us know what you think. We’re excited to get the chance to expand the show into new concepts, new products and new worlds. Feel free to share your ideas with us at FrontDesk@signalsnowboards.com or comment below.