While in Southern California I visited a few talented folks that share their unique art and craftsmanship to make surf culture personal. Shane Jones is a one man (and dog) operation designing and making custom wetsuits in his Costa Mesa warehouse. You may have seen his work on the Paris runways in collaboration with Thom Browne. Next up is Michael Takayama the shaper for many of the top pro longboarders winning competitions worldwide. Here he is pictured with a happy customer. Chris Coates a UK surfer visiting from Cornwall rests on an old Takayama board in the new showroom/workshop.
Shane Jone in his Costa Mesa, CA Workshop www.joneseawetsuits.com
Shane Jones and his pup Barnacles
Shaper Michael Takayama and a happy customer
Chris Coates, UK surfer. Ig: @totesmacoates