I got a chance to hang out and talk shop with legendary Japanese shaper Katsu Kawaminami during my last visit to Japan. He's been shaping since the 70's and has come full circle with his designs many times over. I learned a lot of history and got to hear all about the the good old days of being a crazy surfer in Japan. Imagine being a surfer in the 70's in the midst of the Japanese work ethic!
Super big thanks to Chan Mitsui and all the nice people of M's Surf and Sports for inviting me back to Japan this past week. I had a great time at the Interstyle Show and at the little Stubbie Saturday event in Shonan. I'll miss the best food on earth, the most generous people I've ever met, and all the new friends I had a chance to get to know over the 8 days I stayed and surfed with you. Arigato gozaimasu! Gochiso samadeshta!