new XYZ Thomas Meyerhoffer longboard


…working with legendary California-based Swedish designer Thomas Meyerhoffer and Bajan Zed Layson to develop the new XYZ longboard model. Thomas’ new range (from lively HorsePill quads, to sleek single-fin SlipIns to the high-performance XYZ and XYZ+) is launched in summer 2013. Every board has a distinctive square-nose. Square-nosed longboards have been around since the 50s and 60s. In fact, Cornishman Chris ‘CJ’ Jones made me a fantastic square-noser in 1998. But square noses and Thomas’ hour-glass outline is very unique. The boards look both aquatic and highly technical, like a futuristic sea-creature fused with a longboard-Ferrari. Importantly, they are functional, and surf like the wind. When Zed and Thomas were designing the SlipIn, Thomas cut the nose off a prototype to keep the size down. It looked great, and has become the hallmark of his new range…

About Sam Bleakley

I am a freelance writer and professional surfer from Sennen, West Cornwall, in the UK. I specialise in surf exploration projects with renowned surfEXPLORE photographer John Callahan. I have undertaken groundbreaking trips to the likes of Algeria, Liberia, Kenya, Oman, South Korea, Hainan, Palawan and the Maluku Islands. Surf writing has led me to visit sixty countries. My roots, however, remain in Penwith, where I live with my family above Gwenver beach, close to Land's End, the westernmost tip of Britain - next stop Novia Scotia. I have an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge, and I am currently researching a part time PhD in Travel Writing with Falmouth University. I am the author of two illustrated surf travel books, Surfing Brilliant Corners and Surfing Tropical Beats (Alison Hodge Publisher, Penzance). I have been a multiple European and British Longboard surfing Champion, and former competitor on the ASP World Longboard Tour. I am widely published and featured in international magazines and newspapers ranging from Resurgence to Action Asia to The Cornishman, and a regular contributor to The Surfer's Path. I have studied and taught travel writing courses and guest lecture on aspects of surfing, travel, writing and geogrphy in further and higher education. I edited The Surfing Tribe: a history of surfing in Britain, and have edited Longboarding supplements and specials for Carve and Wavelength magazines. My first book, Surfing Brilliant Corners, details a decade of extreme global surf travel, illustrated by John Callahan. Surfing, jazz, geography, ecology and cultural studies mix as I journey to Mauritania, locked in political strife, where landmines litter access to some of the best waves on the planet; and Haiti, which captures my heart and makes it race as if falling in love. My second book, Surfing Tropical Beats, follows our surfEXPLORE team on a rollercoaster ride from Haiti to Gabon, through Algeria, India, Vietnam, China and back to Haiti.
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