Aloha Fellow Folk of the Stoke!!! After being out of the country for the last month, I'm back to posting the Craft Feature interviews! I want to Thank Everyone that has responded to the interview questions, and instead of posting them every few weeks, I'm going to post them every Sunday until I run out! So If you're interested in answering 6 questions about your Stoke! Just let me know!!! This interview comes from Marc Takai of Marki Surfboards!!! Enjoy!!! And Thanks again Marc!
Craft Feature No. 2
Marc: My names Marc Takaki. I create my crafts under the name "Marki". Marki is a combination of my first and last name, and is also my nickname my family used to call me when I was younger. I shape out of Torrance CA, I started getting into shaping because i was extremely interested and fascinated by how boards are made and what all different design aspects change how the boards feel. I am always learning from making boards and that is what I love best about it. I do not have a website as of now. I do have an Instagram page @marki_boards and a Facebook page www.facebook.com/Marki.boards
You can also contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
DSDF: What Surf Craft(s) do you make/offer?
Marki: Currently I make high performance short boards, fun boards and fishes. I also enjoy making handplanes with wood and foam that I have left over after other projects ,or wood that I find that I can recycle. I have also shaped a couple alaia boards and a hollow wooden surfboard.
DSDF: When and How did you get into Surfing?
Marki: I got into surfing when I was 11. My dad used to surf all the time when he was younger with his buddies so it rubbed off onto me. Before I started to surf I was into skateboarding and snowboarding. It was only a matter of time before surfing was added.
DSDF: What is your favorite form of Stoke (SurfCraft)? Why?
Marki: I don't have just one favorite surf craft. I mainly ride short boards and some fun boards that are loose and fast. But on those big walled days or when it's breaking on shore bodysurfing with a handplane is always super fun!
DSDF: Any specials projects or events you'd like to share or start?
Marki: I try and make it to most of the events that all the other handplane and surf companies host that I am invited too. Great to meet new people who enjoy the same things as I do. I would love to to give back and start an event that can unite more people and have fun in the water.
Marki: It seems like surfboards are starting to get very high tech with all the available materials and people striving to make stronger and lighter environmentally friendly boards. So I'm excited to see the new innovative shapes to come, and maybe create one of my own. Surfing will always grow more popular every year so hopefully people can keep all the shapers in business.
I'd like to give shoutouts to all my friends and family for their love and support. And also to all my customers and followers. Without you I'm nothing! And also to everyone who has helped me with questions and techniques along the way!
Thank You Marc for Supporting the Stoke and Different Stoke for Different Folk!