Thomas Meyerhoffer has taken the math out of designing surfboards, and decided to go straight from the heart and balls – just the way one should surf. He has dared to ask the question, “What if we designed boards from that emotional angle?”
And the answer to that question comes in the compelling, unique shape of his signature Meyerhoffer surfboards. Meyerhoffer made his name in the design community on the good ship Apple when he designed the eMate – the precursor to the iconic iMac and, by extension, the chic, slick design aesthetic we know to be Apple today.
After that, he turned to the ocean (as we are wont to do in California) and designed an ingenious line of surfboards that are as revolutionary from a design and performance standpoint as parabolic downhill skis were in the 90s.
Having never designed a board, Meyerhoffer was at a disadvantage from a manufacturing standpoint. He had to buy surfboards of the highest quality and essentially reverse engineer the parts of them that he liked while simultaneously creating a board that could tell a story.
That’s right. He wanted his boards to have a narrative. As Surfing Journal put it,
His interests lie in the classical longboard experience, flowing down the line on a small point wave. Or, in narrative terms, an angle-in takeoff, a quick acquisition of trim for max hull speed, an artfully timed stroll to the tip, an eventual backpedal, then a kickout. A beginning, a middle, an end. Rising action, climax, falling action. A story.
If you want your own board, it’s going to cost you. This is one of those situations where if you have to ask, baby, you can’t afford it. But if you want to, contact him at his site [Buy it]