ASB MAGAZINE: Earlier this year FCS launched the Shaper Awards. A platform to honour and celebrate shapers for their significant contribution to the sport of surfing. FCS created two categories; the Icon Award (20yrs shaping) and the Legend Award (40yrs shaping). The plan was to produce in-depth interviews on each shaper, and also have them shape a board for FCS team rider Mick Fanning to ride. FCS documented the board building process and bring you footage of Mick riding each board. It was all going to plan until Mick blew his knee out.
With FCS team rider Mick Fanning on board, we asked Bob to shape a board that best represents his shaping vision and philosophy in a single piece of foam. Follow the process as Bob shapes Mick one of his most significant classic 70s models, the McTavish Bluebird, and along the way gain insight into one of our industry’s most revered personalities. Bob’s influence on surfboard design and performance dating back to the 1960s is undeniable.
Here’s a man who spearheaded the shortboard revolution and found new ways to ride waves. The fact that over 40 years later, he’s still in the bay and surfing daily is a testament to his love of the craft. Congratulations Bob, and on behalf of the global surfing community… Thank you
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