Stab In The Dark: Shapers Series - Maurice Cole

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posted by James Willmott

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Stab In The Dark Shapers Series.

If Stab In The Dark is the main event, then please consider the Shaper Series as special features.

Presumably you’ve already watched our 36-minute film, in which Dane Reynolds takes 13 of the world’s best (unbranded) surfboards to South Africa for 10 days of rigorous and unbiased testing and flexing.

In the Shaper Series, a joint with our pals at Stab and Swell, we delve a little deeper on the other side of the coin; we step into the shapers’ bays and syphon their thoughts and reasoning around their art, and the board they shaped for Stab In The Dark 2016.

So, what did we tell our shapers? Boards to be delivered by June 1 in either LA or Sydney. Surfer is 6’0” and 190 lbs (86 kg), but will remain anonymous. Shoot location, South Africa. Surfboard must be 6’0” but width, thickness and volume all open to interpretation. Oh, and blank, blank, blank. Completely void of all branding or recognisable features like unique carbon patches. This is not a paid-for board guide – our readers are too savvy to make informed decisions based off that. Yes, there will be honesty. Every board will have positives and conversely, every board will have negatives. And, there’s a chance the board could break first wave, first turn, first air. If it does, apologies, you’re out.

“I used my Metro-iD model,” said veteran Bells Beach shaper Maurice Cole. “Ross Clarke Jones and I have been honing in on tow designs, they’re built for speed. I’ve been intrigued by the lack of design in the last 10 years on the WCT and I was wondering if a Tour level surfer could ride such a board as the Metro-iD knowing he’d have to change the way he surfs a bit because of the extra speed. I chose this design because there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s an original design made to go very fast and carve at high speeds. I thought I’d throw in a ‘now for something completely different…’” As you’ll see above, with that immense concave and rather unusual tail, the board stood out from the rest, positively making for different lines from Dane and an easy time identifying its origins.