Building surfboards is an art form. A shaper is essentially a sculptor and while their pieces are beautiful to look at they are even more impressive in their function.
No one embodies this notion more than William STRETCH Reidel.
I've been making trips up to Santa Cruz for some time now, mostly to check in with my friends Dave and Alexis. Dave happens to be the manager at Stretch Boards which has allowed me access to the process that unfolds at the factory. Its been incredible watching an operation that is entirely different from what we do here at Domestic, but which embodies all of the same principles that we hold dear. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and high quality ingredients are essential for creating what may very well be the finest surf craft on the planet.
Stretch's shapes are hand crafted using low-tech devices and yet the final products that he is able to create are examples of cutting edge technology. This sums up everything that we aspire to at Domestic. The idea that the human eye and hand can work together to out perform a computer is not a romantic ideal, its entirely possible.
We were excited to say the least when an opportunity arose to collaborate with Stretch. To honor what Stretch has built over the years we kept it simple and replicated his classic heritage logo via 3 layer stencil on a raglan T. We added some laser cut detailing to the reverse side and provided a grey-scale option as well.These pieces will be released in limited numbers by Stretch Boards and mark the first in a series of collaborations that we hope to take part in with our friends from Santa Cruz.