Introducing Ben “Skindog” Skinner
Once in awhile, top-level athletes and influencers sneak under the radar, whether due to their geographical location, a lack desire for self-promotion, or any number of other factors. But it is only a matter of time until talent and style catches up with them, and eventually the world knows who they are. Ben “Skindog” Skinner is one such athlete. A surfer and shaper from Cornwall, England, Skinner originally grew up on the island of Jersey, located between England and France. Not a lot of people know where that is, so surfers from the island don’t exactly get a lot of press. But by the age of 13 Skinner had two British shortboard titles to his name, and by 18 he had won every category in every major British longboard event.
Skinner has recently joined the team at Thunderbolt Technology, the ultra-progressive, high-tech surfboard construction copany led by Yu San. Thunderbolt collaborates with leading surfer/shapers such as CJ Nelson and Harley Ingleby, and blends traditional curves with futuristic technology to make some of the best longboards and mid-lengths in existence.
With the addition of Skinner to the Thunderbolt stable, the surfing construction brand from Japan has continued to expand its available quiver. Skinner brings a number of different shapes to the table, including high-performance longboards such as the Blender and the Smoothie, and a performance single-fin called the Wrangler.
Here at Hawaiian South Shore, we believe that quality should be measurable—and Skinner’s boards and performances on them have both proven the quality in his artistry and craftsmanship, both behind a planer and in the water. We were super excited when Skinner agreed to stock his boards in our shop, as we feel they are a great addition to our south shore quiver. He even came out for a visit in July, along with CJ Nelson, Harley Ingleby, Yu San, and the Carve Sports team! It was great to have him in the shop this summer, and is great to have his boards here all the time! Come on in and check them out!