ESPN’s Jake Howards Reports on the New Neck Beard
Jake writes on ESPN’s surf blog about his experience with the newest Neck Beard:
On a recent trip to the Channel Islands factory in Santa Barbara — a marvel of surfboard production if ever there was one — Travis Lee, who handles all of the team boards, along with a variety of other marketing and production-related responsibilities, directed me towards a stack of beat-to-hell, scribbled upon boards. A consortium of Reynolds’ quivers from the last year or two, there was that original chop tail, the first incarnation of Dumpster Diver (originally shaped for Rob Machado), and a bunch of other well-used, well-appreciated blocks of foam. It was immediately obvious how much experimentation goes into Reynolds’s boards. No two were the same. Nose and tail volumes, width, length, etc, etc, etc, no dimension or outline’s been left untested.