Devon Howard: Clipz

Greetings, Shredderz! Like the rest of the internet, I have lately been blown away by the surfing of Longboard tour commissioner Devon Howard. While Howard is obviously a skilled longboarder, I have really enjoyed watching his silky smooth stylings on some mid-length eggs. Howard collaborated with Channel Islands to develop the new CI Mid model, and he’s been absolutely ripping on the thing. Previously, Howard helped design the Howard Special Mini for Donald Takayama’s surfboard label.

The clip above might be one of my favorite mini edits. Yes, it’s a little insane to say that, considering it’s only thirty seconds of footage. But my goodness: that flow, that style, the way he can switch between looking utterly relaxed and searing cutbacks…to me, surfing simply doesn’t get any better.

I’m guessing the first three videos in this post feature Howard surfing various versions of the CI Mid. In the clip above, Howard can be seen surfing a Tyler Hatzikian shape. This edit is from 2015, which seems to pre-date the current craze around mid-length eggs by a bit. It’s worth mentioning that Howard’s work with Takayama on various eggs goes back even further. Wish there was more info on the Tyler he’s riding!

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This was captured early last summer during two consecutive days of riding the No. 5 prototype we had shaped along the way to making what is now called the CI Mid. Shaped by @mike_andrews3 , I really liked how zippy and squirty this one was, but you can see little subtle moments in the softer stuff where the tail rocker felt a hair too low during cutbacks. This is nerd level stuff, I’m guessing most people wouldn’t notice what I was feeling, but still, we were trying to make something as good as possible so I brought it back to the bay, we measured all aspects of it and decided to add a hair more tail rocker as well as tweak on the concave and vee just a tiny bit. It’s crazy what the slightest of adjustments can do, and the final result as you’ve heard me carry on about is pretty damn amazing. This particular board ended up under the feet of @cliffkapono, Blake Howard at CI and then @sageerickson, and thanks to its sturdy glass job is still being enjoyed by friends that pass through town. This one is 6’10” x 20 7/8” x 2 5/8”. Two plus one. 6.5” center with 4” sides. I’m almost 6’1 – 185-190. BTW, if you read this far into the caption, I'm co-hosting two events this week ( one in SD and one in LA) to talk about this category of surfboards, and how we approached this model from our point of view, as well as the FishBeard. We’ll have some short films you haven’t seen before as well as giving a board away and plenty of time for chit chat and questions. Will be at @clairemontsurf on Wednesday with other co-host @danedamus and @etsurf on Thursday with @a_gray, Check their shop's IG feeds for more details, but we’ll be there 6-8 both nights and the films get going at 7. Share with any bros in the area, and hope to see you there. Video by @visions_by_slim_jim @seanlesh @g___r___a___n___t @cisurfboards #ciSurfboards #ciMid #ciFishBeard

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Featured photo by Grant Ellis and via Birdwell Beach Britches

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