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Posted: 02/07/15 @ 6:06 pm

It was a real privilege to be invited to compete in the very first year of Stab Magazine's 'STAB IN THE DARK' 2015 shaper competition. Being voted 5th place in Julian Wilson's eyes (and feet), just blew me away. But enough of my dribble. Just watch the video or read the commentary below.


Board #10 was shaped by Blake Peters, better known as PANDA. Blake was a virtual unknown against some of the pedigree on this list. He used to shape in Simon Anderson’s old Energy bay, but is now based in California and shapes boards for Ford Archbold. The results here are what we were hoping the project could uncover: a talent that isn’t quite under the spotlight. “The board I shaped has a good amount of continuous curve, with a deep single concave and a pulled in outline making it sensitive and precise,” says Blake. “It’d go best in head high-plus, hollow waves.”

Julian Wilson:

“Ah, the only round tail in the batch. I was surprised how well it went in the tight, pockety waves. It didn’t look like a board you could do an air on, it caught me off-guard. I wasn’t sure if it’d do ‘em, and on my first wave, that’s exactly what I did. Taking it to Bells, where long, drawn out, smooth surfing is going down, it’d be great.

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