Akela Surf: Tell us about yourself:
Akela Surf: Tell us about the role of a wood shaper (alaia, paipo, handplane..)?
I specialize in making wooden surfboards which are inspired by traditional Hawaiian designs. I think it's very important for the surfing culture.
Akela Surf: Tell us how you started (get involved) to shape wood products?
Akela Surf: What's your shaping philosophy? Why did you choose wood as material?
I learned it in Japan, where handwork and natural products are valued. I always try to evolve and get closer to perfection with the performance and style of my surfboards.
Akela Surf: What is unique about the products you shape?
Akela Surf: What do you like to shape most ?
I like to shape Handplanes the most because I'm sure my client will have fun with it and the Handplanes design gives me the opportunity to be creative with new models too.
Akela Surf: Tell us what do you like the most about being a shaper?
I like that people go with my surfboards to the ocean to catch some waves and have some fun. It's nice to know that I'm helping the surfing culture in my country too.
Akela Surf: What is the biggest lesson learned in your shaping career?
My biggest lesson is that we always have to learn constantly.
Akela Surf: Who and what inspire you?