Known as the "Father of the Modern Longboard," and for his properly named "Magic" arrangement of surfboards, Steve Walden is a surfboard designer who eats, inhales and lives for surfing.
Surfing benefits a lot of people, Walden is definitely one of them. In 1961, when Steve was 13 years of age, he moulded his first surfboard and never checked back. From that point forward, the California local has formed more than 25,000 surfboards and surfed in more than 200 challenges. By testing and outlining surfboards he cherishes to ride (surfboards that have additionally put him on the platform at the vast majority of the challenges he has entered), Walden has picked up a gigantic fan base.
"I plan surfboards for myself, and for some odd reason, they work truly well for a considerable measure of other individuals too," said Walden when asked in regards to his way to deal with surfboard designs.
He's likewise had a couple of years of experience consummating his specialty. Walden opened his first surfboard industrial facility and store in Huntington Beach in 1969. He moved toward the North Shore of Oahu in 1972 where he became well known as a productive longboard shaper. It was amid that time while he was in Hawaii, when whatever is left of the surfing scene was focused on short single-blades, Walden kept on sharpening his longboard outlines. Throughout the years, he moulded for prestigious names like Lightning Bolt, Local Motion, HIC, and Channel Islands; nonetheless, it was forever his own particular surfboards that separate him from the rest.
In the mid 80s, Walden came back to California where he revealed his fiercely fruitful Magic Model, known for its radical rocker, down-turned rails, and super-quick Turbo Hull base form.
He joined the Global Surf Industries group in 2004, and has since spread his adoration for longboarding to a huge number of individuals over the globe, and got various honours and universal recognition for his fittingly named "Enchantment Longboards."
"I get a kick out of the chance to make surfboards for better than average surfers yet my fundamental interest has dependably been to make surfboards for consistently individuals in light of the fact that not everybody surfs like Kelly Slater," he said. "My objective has dependably been to make surfboards that are useful and pardoning so surfers can truly appreciate the experience and that is the place the Magic Models came in," he said.
Today, it's anything but difficult to discover Walden forming surfboards in his home in Ventura or surfing in a challenge. Not at all like a great many people who surrender challenge surfing as an adolescent, Walden, who had contended some as a young, came back to challenge surfing at 30 years old and has been a normal on the victor's platform from that point forward. Truth be told, Walden still holds the record for the longest nose ride in rivalry history with an epic 25.5-second ride.
When he's not surfing, Walden is getting a charge out of the products of his legacy, investing energy with his family, including his 18 grandkids, who surf and live on the North Shore.
"I am truly fortunate to have the chance to do what I adore. I additionally adore the way that I can think about a new plan and after that go make it. At the point when my creative energy springs up on a wave, that gets me more stirred than anything."
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