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UWL to host Panda & Tanner Surfboards workshops




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Traditional Longboarding and high performance Shortboards can mix together and share inspiration

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 April, 2016 - UWL Workshop announces their first guest shapers series of 2016, with the coming of Blake Peters from Panda Surfboards and Tanner Prairie from Tanner Surfboards.

Panda Surfboards is a new surfboard company born from the creative mind of young shaper Blake Peters, who is emerging from the mass of talented shapers from Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Panda is now located both in Australia and California, where he setteled with Tanner Prairie and build a new factory Goldenstate glassing in Costa Mesa and their surfshop Forgotten Surplus. Goldenstate glassing is a surfboards glass shop that deals with Panda and Tanner Surfboards, Troy Elmore, Ec surfboards, Alex Knost and more...

Blake describes his work as :« We pride ourselves in being able to make boards of all shapes and sizes from retro twin fins to high performance shortboards, longboards and summer fun boards, with quality and a flaire that sets us apart from the others.

Blake is part of the new generation making a move right now, growing up with new technology and taking full advantage of that technology to create extremely accurate designs and to push the limits of board design further and further all the time. “Open your mind and set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd and get on a Panda cos we are the future.“

Tanner Prairie was born in Costa Mesa, California and spent his days surfing at Blackies in Newport Beach.. Blackies offered a community and network of friendships that still remain a huge part of his life today.

In 2008, a dear friend and long time shaper, Mike Marshall took him under his wing and served as his mentor in keeping the tradition of shaping surfboards 100% by hand. Mike was a shaper for Harbour Surfboards in the early 60’s, and shaped such boards as the The Trestles Special, and the Cheater.

When Tanner made his first surfboard and Mike saw it, he decided to take Tanner under his wing. They shaped a board together the following day and ever since then Tanner has been making all shapes and sizes of surfboards.

Yet still he prefers one with a smooth outline, a heavy glass job and one fin.

Their collaboration is good example that traditionnal Longboarding and high performance Shortboards can mix together and share inspiration from the same surfculture from different era. Uwl Workshop is also born from the same idea where high performance shortboards meet everyday heavy tinted glass longboards in the glasshop !

Thomas Cardinal

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