Matt Kazuma Kinoshita

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For 28 years, Kazuma Surfboards Hawaii has been shaping custom surfboards for the best surfers in the world.
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Ultra close up of this mornings eps blank shape.  The last couple of days I have been getting bombarded with customers worried about the quality of eps foam and the quality of the shape that I can get from it.  I am guessing that there is an article out there bashing eps foam but most people couldn't tell the difference in finish quality between my eps shape and polyurethane blank shapes.  With that said, I can have anything that I want (and do) but I prefer the ride and feel of polyurethane foam under my feet.  I also love that polyurethane foam does not suck water like eps foam so minor cracks and dings don't keep me out of the water. With eps foam, I can get my board 6oz lighter but I usually gain 13oz of water weight with my first ding.......the question should be "why are all the imported brands pushing eps foam? '
Sunday SUP shapes.  Even anti-sup surfers could appreciate the performance shortboard detail in this handshape.
Microgrom boards are not scaled down shortboards.  There is so much more going on than just a mathematical reduction, the refinement needed to get it right is what makes shaping these so exciting and satisfying. 5'1'x17.5'x2"
This is the way to order boards, shortboard and a scaled up "step-up" based off the same design.  It's beautiful when your two most used boards don't take any adjustment when switching between them.  6'0"x20"x2.54" squash for 1 to 4 foot surf and a 6'4"x20"x2.54" round pin for 2 to 6 foot surf. (Hawaiian scale)
Evening fish handshape. Old school twins never goes out of style.
Working late trying to finish this custom single fin. 6'6"x21.5"x2.625" single wing round tail single fin. 42L.  Nice thin, down rails with a modern double concave tail for extra drive and hold in the turns.
Ema's new board that I customized with her favorite cartoon characters from Paw Patrol.  I would bet that this is the only one in the world like it.
I am impatient. When I have an idea, I have to finish my project.  Luckily I have my own factory so it is as simple as this, straight to glass.
I bet this fish will be used as a quad more than a thruster but options make things interesting.
Overhead view of Future Fin box Routing.
I usually shape each board start to finish without stopping but this morning I am mirroring steps on this "Step-up" model quiver for JoaoMarco Maffini. I changed the outlines for him and needed to make sure the rail flow is spot on as I change the length because.  Preserving the core and concept of each model is really important.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.  Top ten shaping trick in my book. A good shapers hands are more precise and accurate than any tool or jig but foam is abrasive and after a long day your hands can loose their sensitivity.  This is a trick to get that feel back.