Dan Mann and Taylor Jensen Team Up to Create the Gem
After a 20-year hiatus, longboarding has once again become ubiquitous in the surfing world. Whether you are a dedicated logger, a big-wave guy finding a way to stay frothy during the offseason, a high-fi shredder trying to clean up your style, or a beginner with a soft-top from Costco, virtually everyone out there owns some sort of longboard-inspired shape. The superior paddle power and trim of longer boards with more volume simply make surfing more fun—especially when the waves aren’t exactly pumping.
Of course, not everyone wants to ride a 10'0" log all the time, which is where high-performance longboards come in. Providing the benefits of logs, but in a slightly more manageable package, high-pro longboards are easy to surf and fun for just about everyone. Shaper Dan Mann has made a career out of building boards that help the average surfer have fun in average waves, so it is only natural that he would eventually shape a performance longboard. And Taylor Jensen is one of the best high-performance longboarders in the world and a three-time world champion, so it was sort of a no-brainer for Jensen and Mann to team up.