Quivers with Andrew “Droid” Doheny
Weight: 155 lbs.
Standard Shortboard: 5’10” x 18 1/4” 2 1/4”
5’3” x 19 1/8” x 2 1/4” Twin fin shaped by Lance Collins
5’5” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” shaped by Droid
5’11” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” shaped by JS
5’10” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” shaped by JS
5’11” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” shaped by JS
6’0” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” Rounded pintail shaped by JS
(first from left)
It looks older, but I got this board six months ago. I’d been watching Echo Beach and saw a bunch of these kinds of boards in the movie, so I had them make me one. I brought it to Mexico and rode it at all those right points, and it worked insane.
(second from left)
This was the second board I shaped. I made the nose narrow, the top half of the board is a normal shortboard, and the bottom half is a stubby, air-board type of feel. It’s hard to surf, but everyone likes to ride it. It’s challenging but really fun. The rails are too hard on it, but it rides the barrel good, and does good airs.
(third from left)
This is just a stock standard shortboard. I don’t know the model, but it works good in hollow waves. I really liked this board. I just broke it though at the Katin. It was really big and a wave landed on my head paddling out and I broke it in half.
(blank right in front of him)
This was for Kyle Kennelly, one of the guys in 3slobs.com, our blog. I guess I’m his board sponsor now or something.
How’d you start getting into shaping?
I’ve always been super into my boards, interested in what makes them work. So one day I got my hands on a blank and just started cutting away, and I was hooked immediately.
Did you do those first boards from hand?
Yeah. I’ll probably start working on the computer at some point because you can get so much more in tune with design, but handshaping skills are my number one thing, I think you put more heart into it that way. If there was a surfboard god, he wouldn’t like it if you didn’t know how to hand shape.
We should say you have a surfboard sponsor, JS.
Oh yeah, definitely. I’ve told JS I’ve shaped some boards, but I don’t know how much more than that he knows.
What inspired you to get into shaping?
When I was a kid, I remember saying that I wanted to be a shaper. I’ve always had a lot of respect for shapers. I used to go in and watch guys shape my boards, it’s fascinating. Surfboards basically give me everything in my life, it’s cool to know what goes into it.
Shaping seems very detail oriented, do you consider yourself a details sort of person?
I’ve never been a perfectionist, but when I was little I loved Legos more than anything. In our house we had a full on Lego city, Legos on the ceiling, just a full nerd. Like a kid that would be on Oprah or something. Maybe that has something to do with it, I like building things.
Are you starting to have people order boards?
Not to claim it, but yeah there are actually a lot of people that want boards. I’m starting to get texts like, “Is my board done yet?” It’s classic.
The glasser and I get in arguments because I want my boards as light as possible. Basically I want them glassed with tissue paper. On the glass order sheet I have to write, “I do not care if this board breaks.” They do a single four-ounce sheet with no patches, you can’t really go lighter than that without having foam exposed.
I was watching this old movie and Shaun Tomson had this famous red board, one of the first ones to have a lot of rocker back in the day. I guess his shaper put a bunch of bricks on the nose to bend rocker into it. I was shaping this 5’10” and the rocker came out way too flat, so I tried to bend it, and I snapped off the nose. So I shaped it into a fish thing, then I tried to put some channels into it, but they turned into these bars coming off the tail. I have no idea how I did it, but it was weird. It ended up being this 5’3” double wing swallow with these bars on the bottom. I couldn’t even ride it, just spun out on the first bottom turn. But it was fun experimenting.