Skindog

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Ben and Jason have created a solid range of performance longboards. Now built utilizing Thunderbolt Technologies.

Skindog Surfboards was established in 2008 by Ben “Skindog” Skinner and Jason Gray. The two had been working together on boards for years, with Jason shaping many of Ben’s freesurfing and competition longboards, including those that have kept Ben consistently atop the ASP/WSL rankings for years, including 2nd in the world in 2006, and 3rd in 2015.

After both Ben and Jason had sons within a few weeks of each other, they decided that they wanted to build a lasting legacy for their families, and started the “Skindog” line of boards. With Ben shaping and Jason laminating, they set out to revolutionize the surfboard industry, beginning from their home in Cornwall, UK.

For over a decade, Skindog Surfboards has been one of the leading surfboard brands in the UK. The boards are designed around Ben’s in-depth understanding of surfing and hydrodynamics (a knowledge that has led him to widespread competitive success both in the UK and on an international stage). Drawing inspiration from shaping greats that they have worked with over the years, Ben and Jason have built thousands of boards and developed a range of traditional and performance shapes.

The main goal from day one was to make the most responsive lightweight durable performance longboard on the market

PROGRESSION:

In 2016, after riding his boards to 11 European titles and ranking in the top 10 on the World Longboard Tour for over a decade, Ben let fellow competitor Phil Razjman borrow a board at the World Longboard Championships in Hainan, China. Phil ended up surfing head-to-head against Ben in the quarterfinals and went on to win the world title on one of Ben’s personal boards.

In their quest to build the best, lightest, most responsive high-performance boards possible, Skindog Surfboards recently teamed up with Yu Sumitomo and Thunderbolt Technology to develop a line of cutting-edge performance longboards for the international market. Combining Skinner’s proven shapes with Yu-san’s groundbreaking Thunderbolt constructions, Skindog Surfboards has taken a giant step in the evolution of its board lineup. Thunderbolt boards have become the construction choice of many of the top touring pros, but Ben’s shapes are also user-friendly and perfect for intermediate surfers.

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Continuing to push surfboard design to the next level with Thunderbolt Technologies, the best technology in the world for longboards

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