Robin Prodanovich
Surfboards USA

San Diego, California

Phone: (858)-349-2755

Saturday September 24th 2011

Most surfers know that their favorite board was built by hand, but to what extent? All of the airbrushing, glassing, hot coating, sanding and polishing are definitely hand done but what about the actual shaping of the board, the very heart and soul of that piece of fantastic plastic that rides under your feet? Is it hand shaped or machine shaped? I wonder which would be more interesting to watch, a board designed and shaped on a computer monitor or one completely hand shaped in the noise and dust of a shaping room? Have a look at Andersí new board taking shape in less than three minutes of dance and chaos.

RP Shaping Timelapse

Keep surfing!

Monday June 13th 2011

I was checking my email recently and I noticed a message from Adam Perez with an attachment. Since I make boards for Adam and he is a long time friend and surf buddy with my son Todd, I was curious about what he had been up to lately. The message contained no words at all and instead, some unreal photos of Adam in the barrel, seeking solace, at the Lobster Lounge.

Click for Full Sequence

Iíve known Adam since he was a grom, made some boards for him over the years, watched his surfing ability improve and mature, and Iím stoked to see this sequence of Adam riding his Mach 3 at one of San Diegoís most challenging waves, and making it look easy.

Keep surfing!

Tuesday February 1st 2011

Recently I was organizing and reviewing some order cards and noticed a trend in surfboard design occurring; boards were getting fatter. I can't say that I was totally surprised by my observation since I've been designing shorter and fatter boards for customers and myself for over three years. This wide body trend became even more evident to me in a recent surf magazine board buyer's guide, where the various surfboard manufacturers showcased their current models, and their emphasis was on what some like to call "alternative designs". The sleek, high performance, low volume shortboard is here to stay, but it's dominance in advertising and in the lineup is being challenged as surfers discover the benefits of great performance in a smaller package.

Below are some photos that contrast the differences between the standard, high performance shortboard and an alternative to that same design. Both boards will work quite well, with each giving the surfer a different feel and approach to riding a wave.

Todd's Mach 3; 6'1" x 11.5" nose x 18.5" wide x 14.38" tail x 2.25" thick

Todd's Pudge; 5'6" x 14" nose x 19.75" wide x 15.5" tail x 2.45" thick

RP's Quad Driver; 6'3" x 11.75" nose x 19.38" wide x 14.75" tail x 2.25" thick

RP's Pudge; 5'10" x 13.75" nose x 19.75" wide x 15.5" tail x 2.5" thick

Surfing is best when it's fun and sometimes fun means going fat!
Keep surfing!