From koa to balsa to foam, surfboards have come a long way. Amy shows us how a mixture of modern technology and handmade craftsmanship has brought surfboard shaping to a new level.
Surfboard shaping has a long history in Hawaiʻi. For those who are skilled in the craft, progress and technology bring new tools to the trade.
He môʻaukala lôʻihi nô ko ke kâlai papa heʻenalu ʻana ma Hawaiʻi mau ana nô. He hana ia e pono ai ka lima mâkaukau nô. A ma ka holo o ka manawa a holomua o ka ʻenehana, loaʻa nô kekahi mau pono hana hou.
"About 7 years ago I first started using the machines," said Jared Clapper, Shaper and Owner, Clapper Surfboards Hawaiʻi.
Hoʻohana mîkini ana no ʻehiku makahiki.
Since the introduction of CNC shaping machines, the time it takes to make a board, from start to finish, has been cut by 75%
Ma ka hoʻolauna ʻia o nâ mîkini kâlai o CNC i emi mai ai ka manawa a pono ai ka paʻa o ka papa heʻenalu ma ke 75%.
Sometimes it's the mistakes you make when you hand shape that make the board magic, and you're never gonna know what you did. Nowadays with the machine, we can take a magic board, scan it and get that board almost identical to how the original board works.
Holo wikiwiki ka hana nui o ka hoʻomaka a hôʻea koke i ka mâhele e nânâ nui ʻia ai nâ lâliʻi e holo mio ai ka papa.
Every shaper strives to produce a "magic board" and with the introduction of the CNC machines, those boards are easier to reproduce.
ʻImi kçlâ me kçia mea kâlai papa i ka paʻa o nâ papa mio wale a ma ka loaʻa o kçia mau mîkini CNC e puka nui mai ai ia ʻano papa.
"Sometimes it's the mistakes you make when you hand shape that make the board magic, and you're never gonna know what you did. Nowadays with the machine, we can take a magic board, scan it and get that board almost identical to how the original board works," said Clapper.
I kekahi manawa, lilo nâ hemahema o ke kâlai ʻana, ʻo ia ka mea e mio ai ka papa. Inâ ma ka lima, paʻakikî ana ka hana like loa. Me ka mîkini naʻe, hiki ke hoʻoili ʻia ka papa ke pau a hiki ke hana hou ʻia.
You're always gonna need someone to finish them by hand. There's always gonna be those inconsistencies that only the human touch can pick up.
ʻO kçia hiki ke hoʻopuka kûmau i nâ papa like o ka hakulau he mea ia i hoʻônaehana ʻia ka mâkau kâlai papa heʻehalu. I kçia manawa, ʻo ka hakuhia a me ka hahai kûmau i ka lau ka mea e ana ʻia ai ka mâkaukau o ka mea kâlai.
Even with the insertion of CNC technology into the process, skilled handiwork will never be completely removed from the process.
I loko nô o ka hoʻohana ʻia o kçia mau mîkini CNC ma ka ʻônaehana kâlai papa heʻe nalu, ʻaʻole loa e wehe pau loa ʻia ka mâkau hana lima.
"You're always gonna need someone to finish them by hand. There's always gonna be those inconsistencies that only the human touch can pick up," said Clapper.
Hoʻopau lima ʻia nâ papa a pau. Na ka lima mâkaukau nô e hoʻoponopono aku i nâ hemahema liʻiliʻi i nâ manawa a pau.
Surfboards have come a long way since the early Hawaiians first introduced the sport to the world. If you're looking for a custom surfboard check out clappersurfboards.com.
Nui ka loli o ke ʻano o nâ papa heʻenalu mai ka wâ i laha ai ka heʻenalu ʻana mai Hawaiʻi ai a puni ka honua. Inâ hoihoi ana paha ʻoe i papa heʻenalu hou a ʻokoʻa, e kele aku iâ clappersurfboards.com.
Original airdate 2/25/2010
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