A common starting point among shapers, Tyler’s introduction to board building began in his father’s garage. Tyler, then in 3rd grade, observed his father craft from start to finish his first surfboard, a six-foot, diamond-tail single fin. Tyler’s experience of witnessing his father single-handily create a surfboard would eventually influence his ideology behind surf manufacturing in the years to come.
As he began to research and study the history of surfing, his interests geared him towards heavy-glassed single fins while the contemporary surf industry was stuck on the redundant beat of lightly-laminated thrusters and the limited variations spawned from it. Tyler’s self-galvanized project eventually brought him to the late ‘60s: the beginning of the popularity of the shortboard and its boom into mass surf culture. Instead of seeing the industry’s shift towards the shortboard as a linear progression in the history of surfboard manufacturing, Tyler saw a fork in the road. His new mindset: advancing the traditional equipment from Surfing’s Golden Era that had been left behind and deemed “so-called” obsolete.
After over 25-years of commitment to improving his skills as both a shaper and glasser, Tyler’s surfboards are not only far from replica, they are developing a reputation of being iconic on their own. He is proud to carry on the planer after following the footsteps of the legendary craftsmen of his local surf community with many of them he is on a first name basis.