Shaper, surfer, waterman Robin Johnston of RJ Surfboard designs grew up on the North Shore of Oahu. He credits his mother with teaching him how to surf and proudly proclaims she is still surfing today.
Robin Johnston: Some History
At age 13, Robin entered the competitive surfing bracket and became the Hawaiian Men’s amateur champion for several years. He also competed on the WQS World Tour. Robin went on to be ranked in the Top 5 in the Standup World Tour in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He’s surfed, sup surfed around the globe, competing and free surfing in over seventeen countries. He says his knowledge of surfing and surfboard design has evolved from these experiences.
Winter Swells and Motivation
In a winter swell from a few years back, Robin had the chance to get out at Waimea with cameraman Heath Thompson. He says, the swell had been even bigger the day before, but Heath was keen on checking out the leftovers. Robin’s initial response was, “It looks smaller today. Maybe not even worth it.” But Heath persisted, “C’mon bra! Let’s just go out and see maybe if there’s still some sets.”
He was right.
RJ Surfboards: an eco conscious design
Robin is riding his own design, an 8’10” x 26″ x 4″ with Carbonerro paddle. His boards are distinctive in both style and shape. And now, Robin is offering a new eco-conscious construction for his boards (both surf and sup) which include the Marko EPS foam made partially from recylced EPS and is the best on the market with it’s excellent bead fusion. He also uses an Entropy epoxy resin made with bio based material including pine oil. Entropy Resin has less harmful byproducts and 50% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Here’s to taking chances and celebrating the environment in which we play! Aloha, Robin.