Thomas Meyerhoffer is recognized as one of the most innovative designers working today. An early member of the new generation of shapers pushing the boundaries of surfboard design, Meyerhoffer completely redesigned the longboard to enhance the overall surfing experience: Getting into waves, performing on the wave, and experiencing the wave to the fullest. His innovative approach to surfboards has now evolved into a full line of advanced surf craft with a world-wide following of open-minded surfers. In 2012, Meyerhoffer is launching the Horsepill a modern performance version of a retro mini-Simmons hull.
Meyerhoffer is based in Northern California town of Montara, 22min south of San Fransisco and one hour north of Santa Cruz, on a stretch of coastline where there is almsot always waves regardless of swell direction and where the well known Big-Wave break Mavericks is located.
Our goal is to create forward thinking surf experiences by pushing creativity, innovation and individuality in surfing and the life that borders. What started out as passion has become its own path. We are continuing our quest to create new designs that move our experience forward as a surfers.
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Q&AWhy the Meyerhoffer Test Center concept?
You can't fully experience a surfboard unless you ride it, especially ours which might take a few sessions to get used to. From the beginning one of our main goals has been to promote demos because when you try a Meyerhoffer surfboard you'll feel the performance advantages, you'll see improvements in your surfing... Barbados is an amazing place to try out our boards warm water, good waves all year round, and Zed’s world-class surf center. Meyerhoffer surfboards are a perfect fit for Zed's as we have a full spectrum of boards suited for beginner-level surfers all the way up to high performance surfers.Surfers can come to Barbados, try out a board, get some tips from Zed, improve their surfing, try out another board, and just keep improving and having fun.
Who is Zed?
Zed Layson is a very experienced surfer. Having competed professionally in Barbados he's also an excellent instructor who comes in contact with hundreds of surfers each year who stay at his Surf Center, Zed’s Surfing Adventures. He's been riding my boards since the very beginning and invited me to to stay at his surf center at Surfers Point. It was one one of the best surf trips I have ever taken and we decided to open the Test Center together. I value his feedback and Zed will be part of team developing the next generation boards. We are working on a new longboard model at the moment and I will be back in March to test with him.
How was your experience at Zed's and Surfer's Point?
Amazing. Wake up in the morning with the best coffee and an egg sandwich. Surf the left out front in 80 degree water with just a few people out, or there are plenty of other good waves really close by. Everyone is them self, openminded and friendly, and Zed really leads by example creating a mellow atmosphere at Surfer's Point. Some of my favorite times were just cracking a few beers with Zed and the crew at sunset, discussing how we can improved the shapes...or life in general. Can't wait to go back.