NORTH SHORE, OAHU - HAWAII
Pyzel Surfboards began in a backyard shaping room on the North Shore around 1995 or so, and has evolved to become one of the leading surfboard companies in the world today.
After some early travel, Jon realised that he wanted to surf better waves in warmer water, making a permanent move to the North Shore in 1992. While working (first fixing dings, later glassing) at the Country Surfboards factory straight across the street from Sunset Beach, he decided to further his interest in surfboards by trying his hand at shaping. North Shore shaper Jeff Bushman was a good friend and became his biggest influence, giving Jon endless advice, and eventually offering him his first ghost shaping job.
Over the past two decades the Pyzel name has become synonymous with high-performance surfboard design and his boards have been ridden by many of the world’s best surfers, including John John, Nathan and Ivan Florence, Koa Rothman, Jack Freestone, Alana Blanchard, Mark Healy, Kai Lenny, Kelly Slater, Michael Bourez, Billy Kemper, Eli Olson, Alex and Koa Smith, Jadson Andre, Matt Meola, Albee Layer, Chris Ward, Timmy Rees, Dean Morrison, Luke Davis, Nick Von Rupp, Tiago Peres, Mason Ho, Dave Wassel, Noah Johnson, Mahina Maeda, Wyatt McHale, Sally Fitzgibbons and many others.
Pyzel’s shapes have won the Stab In The Dark shaping competition 2 years in a row, with Dane Reynolds (2016) and Jordy Smith (2017) choosing his boards as the very best amongst a dozen of the world’s greatest shapers.
These days Jon continues to do what he loves most, living in a little beach house on the North Shore with his wife and 2 daughters, surfing and shaping pretty much everyday. Jon travels throughout the year chasing swells and shaping in California, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia for surfers all around the world.
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