Dave Chun and Gerry Lopez on Paddle and Surfboard Design

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pardpardeftab720ri0sl276slmult1sa200 f0fs22 cf0 Dave Chun and Gerry Lopez on
Paddle and Surfboard Design KIALOA Paddle
Dave Chun: Some people see it as being an odd thing that I would make ocean going outrigger
paddles or standup paddles in a landlocked area. I guess if I really thought about it,
it would seem like a strange deal. But when you really think about it, when you design
something, the bulk of the work comes from up here (points at head).
Gerry Lopez: Inspiration comes from generally some pretty strange places and especially
at some pretty strange moments. Dave and I have talked about this, that oftentimes the
biggest light bulbs happen in the middle of the night, usually when you’92re lying in
bed. Dave Chun: I don’92t know how you’92re supposed
to go about this process, but one of the things I don’92t do is I don’92t look at other
people’92s patterns. Gerry Lopez: Creation is pretty difficult.
Because basically to create something you start with nothing. If you’92re starting
with something, then you’92re just changing it. Then, of course, a lot of design is exactly
that. For instance, Dave’92s stand up paddle, the original one, was a creation.
Dave Chun: Failure is always there. There are so many things that can go wrong always.
It really is a hard deal. Getting started is nuts. I’92ll do things like, I’92ll avoid
work. I’92ll walk around. I’92ll go over to my buddy Gerry’92s shop. He’92ll say,
’93What are you doing?’94 I’92ll say, ’93I’92m avoiding work.’94 I’92ll do email which
I know is a bad thing to do because it diverts you from something. I’92ll clean my shop.
I’92ll do everthing you can possibly think of until either 2 things happen. One thing
is that I’92ll get an inspired thought. And that doesn’92t always happen. The other thing
is that you just go, just do something. And just start moving. And a lot of time I start
projects that way. I don’92t even know what’92s going to happen. I just start.
Jerry Lopez: the design process just happens when it happens and if you try to make it
happen its kind of counterproductive and just gets in the way. And so sometimes you’92re
under some pressure. I know he is a lot of times because he comes over here and you know
and goes ,’94wow, man got all this pressure.’94 And I’92ll go, ’93come over here, man. hideout.’94
And then you know he’92ll kind of get refreshed , go back, dive in and get it done. And the
same goes for me to. If I’92m not inspired and kinda draggin, I’92ll go over there and
start bugging him, walk around his shop and look at stuff and all of a suden whatever
lead that was kind of holding me back from whaterver I was doing just drops away and
I come back feeling a little more refreshed and can dive right into it.
Dave Chun: One of the infulences I’92ve had in the building of my paddles is fly rod technology,
because I fish. And so, one day I was out there and I’92m like, how come my fly rod
doesn’92t break? If you look at only paddles, If I only looked at paddles, all I would know
is whatever people already know. I’92m not interested in replicating things or copying
things. I want to go forward. That’92s my interest, you know.
Gerry Lopez: For Dave and I especially, specifically with this whole stand up thing a lot of times
we’92ll bounce stuff off each other. And having the two minds, you know, as we like
to say, the two ’93Portegees are better than one Portegee’94. It really works, because
all of a sudden something he’92ll say will inspire me or maybe something I’92ll say
will inspire something in his mind to look at it from slightly a different angle and
then it all starts to come together. Dave Chun: The ultimate compliment for me
is when my paddle disappears in the hands of the paddler. That they don’92t even know
that it’92s there. That comes from when people say, ’93what do you do?’94 I tell them that
I make utilitarian objects. I make cutting boards and I see nothing wrong with that.
For me, I see my job as making the connection between the paddle and the person, the paddler.
If they don’92t notice it’92s there and if they have almost no comment to make after
going on a paddle, I think I’92ve done a good job. How often to you talk about your
hand, or your ears, or your nose? You don’92t. They’92re part of your body. And that’92s
how I want my paddle to be. Music: Bill Keale ’93only One’94 from the
Album ’93With Aloha’94 Script: Sarah Max
Interview: Steve Porino Visuals Martin Sundberg Photography
Audio: Ellis Au Editor: Chip Booth
‘a92012 Kialoa Paddles


4 thoughts on “Dave Chun and Gerry Lopez on Paddle and Surfboard Design”

  1. Wow, did this video resonate with us. These are the same way the SkateBoard Spike™ pat pend was born as well as the innovative stroke of Stand Up Spike™ we began with no upper body endurance sport on four wheels and a deck. Just do something… even if it is wrong. Unfortunately we had no place to walk over to. Alone and solo in NYC. If all we did was look at land paddles we would never have produced the SkateBoard Spike™ pat pend.

  2. There is no failure in learning by doing. Thanks guys for the inspiration much respect from a Surfer-Shaper-Artist myself. Great reminders and time capsule for all generation

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