Modern Craftsmen: Jon Pyzel

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Jon Pyzel took up surfing at a young age in Santa Barbara, CA, an area rich in surfing history and known to have some perfect waves. After traveling around surfing and competing, Jon realized that he needed to surf better waves in warmer water, making a permanent move to Oahu’s North Shore in 1992. Here is where he started out fixing dings in boards, to eventually work his way up to full time glasser and shaped himself his first board around 1995. Working under some of the best shapers and glassers in the industry, Jon’s understanding of the craftsmanship and time that went into hand shaping a surf board.

The combination of being surrounded by many of the world’s most talented surfers, and the high quality of the surf have given Pyzel a great opportunity to build world-class surfboards around the world Today Jon still lives in Hawaii, where he runs the Pyzel Surfboards factory on the North Shore. Pyzel currently has some of the biggest names in the industry riding his boards and Jon travels to shape in Europe, Brazil, Uruguay, Japan, Indonesia and California on a regular basis.

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