SC: Who’s board has progressed the most?
KT: It’s actually my board, I’m always trying stuff whether it’s going to work or not, that’s the R&D right there.
My last board is frickin’ amazing, it’s the best board I’ve ever had! It’s the closest to a surf board that I’ve ever felt, the way it projects through turns.
All that type of development goes into Levi’s board, with Levi he is a little bit more particular about change, and so sometimes I’ll sneak some things in. In fact twice now he’s ridden boards where he wasn’t super stoked at first, I took the board and adjusted some things, and I sailed it, I went back and said ‘Dude, you need to retry this board’ and he’s gotten on with it and that was the board he won on. So, Levi is starting to open his mind and I’m starting to feed him some new stuff to get a new feeling for him, it’s really showing and I’m stoked to see it in his sailing.
What I learn and about my boards I put into his and I’m seeing it in his sailing, that’s exciting.
SC: Has there ever been any surprises from a new shape?
KT: I’m not sure about surprises, with this last board there was a hope that I would see something in Levi’s riding, and I see it; it’s a quicker turn off the top, a projection off the lip and a consistency of movement. Levi’s sailing was so consistent in the competition so I knew that it had worked, and I already feel like I have some more things I want to throw at him, cos it’s really just going to get better.
It’s the same with Bernd, it’s the same with everyone, though I’ve worked more closely with Levi for the longest time, so that’s where I really see the change. Bernd is responding well, I see it in him too. With Camille, I’m really looking forward to making him some new boards, I want to get him feeling what I’m feeling from the new changes.