CJ Kanuha’s Hawaiian Roots Quiver

CJ Kanuha Surfboard Quiver

CJ Kanuha and his Hawaiian shred sleds. Photo: Stafford/SPL

CJ Kanuha’s Hawaiian Roots Quiver

Height: 6’5”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Surfboards listed from left to right 

5’10” Donald Takayama Twin Fin

5’11” x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16” The Tail shaped by Jeff “Doc” Lausch

5’11” x 18 3/4” x 2 1/2” Toy
This was Brad Gerlach’s old model that he used to win comps on. Doc redid one for me, and it ended up working really good. I get my boards 2 1/2” thick, but it tapers out to the rails so they don’t look really thick.

6’1” x 18 1/2” x 2 1/2” Round Pin
I use this one for Off The Wall and Backdoor. It’s a true 2 1/2” ’cause I want the float.

6’4” x 18 1/2” x 2 1/2” Round Pin

10’5” x 23 1/2”x 3 1/2” Pintail
This one’s for the outer reefs and Peahi. I love big waves, but this is new territory. I’ve been fortunate to have Shane Dorian close; he’s like a brother and a mentor. All the boys helped me out about dimensions and fin placement because not too many guys are making boards for Jaws.

13’9” Kiko’o
This one is 193 pounds, pure Koa wood, what the Ali’i and ancient Hawaiians used to ride. I started making them a long time ago. My grandpa made canoes, and my dad as well was very influential in our Hawaiian culture. Also, my uncle “Pohaku” Stone, I give him so much credit. He’s been a mentor to me to pass it on. I come from pure Hawaiian history, and so I wanted to keep everything authentic. When I started doing it, it was just for fun. But my dad and mom ended up getting sick with cancer, and I lost my dad. So this has been a way for me to always be with my father.

16’ Olo
This one is 225 pounds, also made out of koa wood. This board hasn’t touched the water yet. It’ll go out for one session, and then it’s going on my wall. I started that one with my pops, but he got sick, so I put it to the side for a long time. When I started doing the boards again, something drew me back to it. That one is made for pops.