Store No. 4
Traditional, single-fin surfboards shaped & glassed by hand in New Hampshire
Seacoast, New Hampshire
Like many New Hampshire surfers, I learned to surf on a foreign made, tri fin longboard. It was fun at first but I was soon fed up with it's light weight being unable to cut through chop, cheap glass job, and overall lack of soul. I started researching how longboards used to be made in California and Hawaii in the longboard heyday of the 1960's where heavy glass jobs, custom resin tints and glassed-on fins were the norm. I wanted to start making boards between 9-10 feet that paid homage to their predecessors in design, style, and quality but also had some modern features that work well on New England breaks.
My boards are made on the seacoast of New Hampshire, with materials made in the USA. Making classic hand-made surfboards of the highest quality is my focus and what keeps me motivated in and out of the water.
About 5 years ago, I read Matthew Crawford’s book, Shop Class For Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into The Value Of Work. He wrote about how we’re losing touch with the hands-on nature of craftsmanship and that people don’t create anything tangible anymore.
Having taught for many years, I’ve always loved my work but longed for the outlet of creating something by hand. I was currently riding a cheap pop-out surfboard that was made on an assembly line somewhere in Asia and I hated everything about it. The lightweight, flimsy glass job, and generic graphics made it feel soulless.
So I started researching how surfboards were made in the mid 1960’s, when hotdogging and noseriding were the pinnacle of surfing. I read dozens of books, watched hours of videos, and knocked on the doors of nearly every shaper and glasser I came across from New Hampshire to New Jersey. My first board was shaped in my brother in law’s basement and glassed on my side porch. It was crude and ugly but was the starting point for what has become Hanlon Longboards.
Four years later, I’m still teaching full time but have built a surfboard brand featuring traditional longboards that work extremely well in the variety of conditions we have here in New England. After many prototypes, feedback from friends and local team riders, and hours in the water at breaks all over New England, I’ve developed two classic shapes that pay homage to their 1960’s predecessors, while featuring modifications tailored to the variety of conditions we have here in the northeast.
All surfboards are custom shaped and glassed for each customer with painstaking attention to detail. I handle every step of the process by hand from shaping, to glassing, to fin foiling. All surfboards are made on the seacoast of New Hampshire, with materials made in the USA. Making classic hand-made surfboards of the highest quality is my focus and what keeps me motivated in and out of the water.