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I was excited to interview Eric Arakawa. I grew up watching Andy Irons shred on Eric’s boards and I knew that he was regarded as one of Hawaii’s finest shapers. I was surprised to learn that shaping surfboards has only been one facet of Eric’s career. He’s an astute entrepreneur who has woven a fine balance of continually shaping boards and growing several successful businesses. I spent a couple of days with Eric in March of 2013. He was recovering from a broken leg he suffered while surfing Laniakea. In December 2012 an unidentified surfer ran over Eric and the blunt force of his longboard broke Eric’s femur. When we met he was walking, regularly attending physical therapy, and expected to make a full recovery. This episode was recorded over the course of 2 hours in his shaping room at the Sugar Mill. I wasn’t mic’d so my audio isn’t ideal. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening.
Eric Arakawa Surfboards, The Sugar Mill, Waialua, Oahu. March, 2013.
Welcome to our first episode of Surf Splendor. We had the first 5 episodes slated for launch, but after interviewing Chris Cote I decided to bump the original episodes and to launch Surf Splendor with Chris’s interview. Chris was the Editor-in-Chief of the now defunct Transworld Surf magazine. This interview was recorded on 7/19/13, one day prior to the start of the US Open of Surfing and about 2 two weeks after he finished publication of the final issue of Transworld Surf. We discussed his unlikely rise from surf stoner to magazine editor, whether Twitter insults sting, and how to win Kelly Slater’s musical approval. We’ll update new episodes every other Monday and other video clips and reference material throughout the week so check back often.
The Final Issue of Transworld Surf
Chris Cote and Kelly Slater’s duet of The Doobie Brother’s “What a Fool Believes”