Joel Tudor Surfboards
Joel Tudor is one of the biggest names in modern logging—in fact, he’s largely responsible for the resurrection of traditional longboarding and the fact that so many of us are trimming and noseriding on single fins today! His competitive career speaks for itself (he won numerous longboard world titles as a grom, then added another world title to his mantle two years ago when he made the ultimate come back, taking out the tour in his late 40s), but his influence outside of the jersey has been just as important.
Joel pretty much singlehandedly made longboarding cool again, inspiring multiple generations of young style masters who are now walking the nose from Malibu to Queens. He also started the Duct Tape Invitational, which is widely considered to be the most respected logging contest series in existence.
Considering how much time he has spent no logs, Joel obviously knows a thing or two about how they should be shaped. He has started his own line of traditional longboards, and the Model T is one of the best. This board is shaped by Hank Byzak with input from Joel, and is based on the classic Nuuhiwa noserider of the 1960s. A true noserider, the board features ample tail kick and concave under the nose, as well as pinched rails and a bit of belly in the tail.
While this board would normally be glassed heavy with Volan to help it glide through the slow, symmetrical point breaks of California, the batch of Model Ts that we just received here at Hawaiian South Shore are tweaked specifically for the local waves her in Town. That means a lighter weight construction with double 6 oz glass on the deck and a single layer of 6 oz on the bottom, providing a bit more maneuverability in the added power of Hawaii’s waves.
We also have a handful of Joel’s Messiah model, which is another classic noserider shaped by Hank Byzak that is quite similar to the Model T. Come on in and check them out—you can’t beat a noserider designed by the godfather of modern noseriding!