In today’s episode we chat with surfboard shaper Manny Caro. Manny shares his origin story, how nature informs his surfboard design theory, formative experiences with Rich Pavel and Marc Andreini, the importance of sourcing locally made building materials, and how to cultivate sustainable growth in a business. Enjoy!
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Twelve years ago today, I walked into Mollusk in SF (my shaping room was in the back) and John looked up from the counter and casually said, “Clark closed down.” I thought he was joking until I realized everyone in the room wasn’t smiling. It was rough for about six months, shaping whatever I could get my hands on. It was a bad time to be a shaper. Luckily, I had a lot of loyal and caring customers and friends who put in orders for boards that had no expected delivery date. Thanks to everyone who ever made the leap of faith to order one of my boards ??and special thanks to the original crew at Clark who quickly formed @usblanks and practically saved surfboard manufacturing in the USA ??
Manny in Jack Coleman’s “Proportional Harmonics”
Proportional Harmonics from Mollusk Surf Shop on Vimeo.
Here’s an example of Manny’s “finlets”
And here are the “Golden Ratio” reference videos used in this episode
Manny also mentioned being inspired by a Jon Wegener board he saw Andy Davis riding . . .
Manny also mentioned a recent Jack Coleman video with Kyle Kennelly riding a longer finlet board . . .
2 + NONE from Mollusk Surf Shop on Vimeo.
And lastly, a little vid of Manny shredding. Enjoy!
Pilgrim Film: Manuel Caro from Pilgrim Surf + Supply on Vimeo.