Joshua MARTIN at the UWL SHAPERS CLUB
Continuing the Martin family legacy that my father Terry established over 60 years ago brings healing to my heart and joy to my days…. Loving what I do and doing what I love, I’ve come full circle. I’m forever grateful my father showed me the love for the craft and gave me the needed training and skills to build on.
Starting at a very young age I spent quite a bit of time in and around my dad’s shaping room. My first job was as the “clean-up” kid at the old Hobie factory in Capistrano Beach. I eventually graduated from pushing a broom around to cutting out, and foiling fins. Foiling fins for me, was simply like shaping surfboards on a small scale. In the late 80’s I began shaping full time at Just Add Water Surfboards in Laguna Canyon. Soon after I started working there I was presented with an opportunity to shape several hundred identical boards for a display in JC Penny stores. I was to be paid half of what I’d make for shaping any other boards at the time. I remember my dad telling me this was a great chance for me to hone in my production skills. I chose to accept the offer. The boards were to be hand shaped. There were no computer shaping programs or CNC shaping machines at the time. I look back today and think about what a privilege it was to have had that opportunity. Systems and methods developed back then are second nature, muscle memory today. I have a special love for the hand shaped surfboard and choose to continue in this traditional craft. For me, it is a joy to jump into my shaping room and create functional pieces of art each and every day. I look forward to building one for you! If I may quote my dad, “I aim to make people happy in the water”. I look forward to hearing from you.
Who is Jane?!? I think Austin describes her best:
”Jane rolls deep off the bottom with an explosive pop. Driving, middle-of-the-board bottom turns are activated by the gently balanced, yet accentuated hips in the back third of the board, which surpass the fin as the quintessential pivot point. Initiating turns by intentionally driving from the hips, rather than pivoting off the fin, transforms Jane’s rail work into a wave, rhythm, heart and soul performance. While the rolled v, refined traditional rails, and a mellow, custom reverse rocker compliment Jane’s flowy, springy, wild and free trim, glide and ride persona. Her concave and reverse rocker, near zero on the nose with a gentle tail click, creates a weightless planning sensation conducive to friction free, in the pocket nose riding. Once on the nose, Jane’s pontoon-like concave, an intentionally crafted edge for maneuverable direction changing, gifts the rider the control and freedom necessary to adjust and adhere to the ever-changing conditions of sandy beach, reef, and shifty point break waves.
Jane came into being because I love traditional nose riding but dislike the constraints and binding free will death sentences that, unless in pristine conditions, thick, heavy, log’s carry. I grew up surfing waves where, when breaking properly, heavy logs simply weren’t functional. I wanted to nose ride but I also wanted to ride the wave, send high trim lines, carve deep into the flats and bounce off the top.
“The Free Jane”
She’s that beauty we’re always searching for,
Paddle to the horizon for,
Drive up the coast for,
Breath for. She’s what we remember.
Based on the freedom, glide, flow, stability, confidence, passion, eccentricity, tranquility and wanderlust I (we) find and ride waves for.”
– Austin Sonnier
Rachael Tilly started impressing people early, racking up trophy after trophy for her longboarding talent. As her dad recalls, it was surf contests instead of soccer games for the family early on. Rachael realized the ultimate goal of all that hard work when she claimed the 2015 Longboard World Title in Hainan, China. But even as Tilly has distinguished herself above and beyond in the lineup, it was her education in the shaping bay that helped shape her career. Growing up, she caught the eye of my father Terry Martin, who took her under his wing and began not only to shape boards for Tilly, but to teach her about the craft. Rachael is a best friend and continues to work close with me to build and maintain a quiver of ever evolving highly tuned surfcraft. I love you Rachael!
Austin Sonnier is an adventurer at heart and scholar by necessity. When not in class as a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara he can be found surfing anywhere on any type of surfcraft or traveling about internationally on mission trips. He loves people and aims to use his many talents to inspire others. In doing so he inspires me in the pursuit of developing the surfer-shaper relationship. Love you Austin!
If you are interested in getting a board shaped by Jushua MARTIN and for all other inquires you can contact us :
MARTIN SHAPES at UWL SHAPERS CLUB
ZAC des Fourneaux, 3 rue Albert Denis
17690 ANGOULINS | FRANCE
Tel. +33 (0)5 46 27 00 27 Fax. +33 (0)5 46 27 03 27