INSPIRATIONS WEIGH-IN FROM JAMIE BRISICK
Jamie Brisick on his addition to the pantheon:
The first board that got me thinking about design was a McCoy Lazor Zap I got in 1980. Needle nose, wide point back from center, super wide tail -- it was almost tear drop shaped. It lacked drive but it could dance around the pocket, and it got me thinking about how boards dictate wave riding approach. The McCoy philosophy was about surfing tight to the pocket, turning under the lip, and I remember a frontside snap in what felt like the tube at Four Mile in Santa Cruz, a weightless feeling that I have yet to recover from.
Then I started riding Al Merrick's which were less radical, more all-rounder, there was drive and forward momentum, the lip was not something you'd delicately kiss it was something you'd attack, sometimes having to slow down to stay in the wave (this was pre-aerial, we didn't want to leave the wave). Al and his boards really got me thinking about how shapers, like artists, pour their ideas and philosophies into their boards. Al was not a fad-follower, he was no-nonsense, he was full of integrity. I'm not sure I could ever like a surfboard from a person I didn't personally like, there's a lot of juju in a surfboard, a lot of spirit and mana.