So back to my "Pig" story from March when I called Hap while he was on his way to shape a few boards. The reason the story about the Pig came up is that old friend...let's just call him Neil...wanted a Pig and wanted to see if Hap would shape it. I figured what the heck...I'll give it a shot. When I called Hap to say hey, he said he was on his way to shape a few boards..."sounds awesome" I said. "How does someone get on that short list to have a board shaped?" While Matt makes some of the best boards in the whole industry, this was a chance to have the Master himself shape a few boards for me... heck, Hap's 81 years old...so I jumped at the opportunity. Matt & Margaret were cool with it and the rest is History. Hap had stopped shaping about 5 or 6 years back and just recently got back in the shaping bay to shape a few boards & said he would shape me a few. My good buddy Kenny Pagliaro was kind enough to go over to Hap's shaping room to document things.
To make a long story a little less long, the first 3 boards arrived at the shop today and look unreal!
|Hap...doing what he does best.|
|9'8" Traditional Noserider...square tail|
|Pig fin...sorry it's blurry|
|Noserider deck...complete with 2 sticks, nose wedge & tailblock.|
|Noserider...signature diamond tailblock.|
|The Master himself...current time.|