John Florence’s North Shore Shooters
Weight: 165 lbs.
From left to right (all boards by Pyzel)*
1. 5’11” x 18 1/4” x 2 3/16”
2. 5’8” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4”
3. 6’8” x 18 5/16” x 2 3/8”
4. 6’4” x 18 1/4” x 2 5/16”
We call this the Slab model. It’s good for when the sandbars are super crazy; it holds in on drops really well. We took one of my normal shortboards and just smushed it down. It fits into waves really well, it’s crazy.
My main Pipe boards are usually 6’2”, 6’4”, and 6’6”; those are the three sizes I’ll ride the whole winter. I’ve only ridden this one a few times, like at the Sunset comp last year. It was huge, closing out and stuff. It was so big. I felt a little bit undergunned that day. But normally if Sunset is ten feet, I’ll ride a 6’4”.
On that big day at Rockpiles this winter you rode that little 5’8”, how was that?
At first I was pretty nervous on it, but I caught a few waves and it went amazing, way better than a normal board. It turned like a tow board once you got on a wave. Paddling wasn’t too bad, you just had to paddle hard. I guess it’s nice having a little bit longer arms.
We’ve seen guys riding big boards again at Pipe, but not you. Why?
I’ve always liked smaller boards in the barrel, because you can control what you’re doing better. And you fit in the curve of the wave better, too. When you’re riding a 6’8” at five-foot Backdoor, it’s hard to slow down, so if you get in the barrel, you’re only going to be in there for a little bit. But if you ride a little board, you can stall, and then pump, and stall again if you need to.
The yellow board is magic, tell me about it.
I had one exactly like it, but I broke it, and this is a copy of it and it’s also magic. I really try not to ride that board.
Do the copies feel pretty close to the original?
It’s weird, this one felt a little different at first, and now it feels the same. The other magic one I rode the whole time on an Indo trip in September. Then on a layover I broke it on a floater at Padang. It survived big Greenbush and everything, and then broke on a two-footer.