Catching up with East Coast shaper Craig Cronin on board design and the Alabama surf scene. If you’re wondering why we are featuring an East Coast Shaper on Surf Alabama, just paddle out at Alabama Point on any given day and count the number of Cronin boards in the lineup. He comes here every year numerous times and makes surfboards that work pretty damn well in less than perfect surf…….the surf that we all know we’re used to but hate to admit it.
How long have u been shaping? Just over 10 years now, building surfboards for almost 16 years now
How have board shapes evolved since you’ve been shaping? Shapes have changed with the new approach to how waves are now ridden. With the air game now a big part of surfing, boards have gotten shorter and wider with lower rockers.
How’s business this year as opposed to the last couple of years? Going back three or four years, this year is much busier. I think the consumer has realized cheaper boards made overseas are not better.
Are local/small brands making a comeback with all the large companies selling out and falling apart? I think it is starting to shift to the local smaller brands for more than just the price alone. It is the simple fact that a local board builder will build a better board for local breaks.
What do think of the surf scene in Alabama? I think the scene in Bama is rad! A solid core of surfers that shred! I always go home and brag how good the surf gets up there.
So you’ve scored good surf in bama? How was it? I sure have, and pretty fun!
What models or board type would you recommend for our surf in bama? The “sling” has always been the go to, but models like the “Dagger,” ”Sling Shot,” ”Club,” “Arrow,” “Catapult,” and the “Cannonball”
How would you Describe a typical day in your life? Coffee, surf check on the cam, make a decision to get wet or head to the shop, mow foam and shape some shred sticks.
How’s hurricane season been treating you this year? 2012 has been pretty fun, lots of rideable surf at the inlet. Could have been better, but I’m happy with what we have had.
How can people get ahold of one of your shapes? Your local shop….Blonde John’s Surf Shop. Visit my new site that was built by High Seas Design House www.croninsurfboards.com or call me direct at 386.689.0798.