Santa Cruz born shaper joins T&C's growing shaping team
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 February, 2015 - Wahiawa, Hawaii - Surfboard shaper Makani McDonald has joined the team of skilled craftsmen at the T&C Surfboard Factory. With over 15 years of shaping expreience, Makani is able to interpret feedback from surfers, and key in on understanding what they want to expreience when riding his boards.
Born in Santa Cruz, California, but raised in the islands a few months after his birth, Makani is truely native to Hawaii. He grew up on the beaches in Kauai and around the craft of board building. He credits his mentors as his father Kenny Tilton, godfather Joe Kuala and Mike Wellman, three of Hawaii’s infamous shapers.
“My biggest influence in recent years has been Glenn Pang," says Makani. "I’ve been working with him over the past 5 years.”
Makani’s focus is on modern high performance short and longboards. A few of his most popular models are H-mod, Dabbler, Gizmo, Sk8, Mini Beast and the Nugget.
“T&C is such an iconic brand in the surfing world with deep Hawaii roots. I’m stoked and honored to be a part of the brand” said Makani. He joins a duo of established board shapers; Glenn Pang and Tommy Tanaka at the T&C Surfbaord Factory.
Makani likes to help out a lot of the up and coming riders in the community. His roster of team riders includes: Brisa Hennessy, Brittany Penaroza, Daniel Johanson, Guy Chang, Heather Faustin, Keoni Jones, Kai Martin, Kaleo Relator, Kristian McDonald, Maddie Gumbrecht, Nage Melamed, Summer Ivy, Tyrra Galano, Ryan Parker, and Yukko Whiteside.