Based out of Huntington Beach, California, Jeff “Doc” Lausch has been making Surf Prescription surfboards for a long time. One of the most recognizable logos in the lineup today, Doc’s created a new design called the Y2RSQ that’s added a whole new dimension to shaping. Read on.¿A.C.
Why do they call you Doc?
Well, I got that nickname around 1980. My little brother’s good buddy was like the first punk rocker in H.B., and he gave everybody nicknames. I was doing them shaping surfboards in my parent’s garage and wore a dust mask, so I’d come out with my hair all crazy. He would say, “There’s Doctor Mad, he’s Doc Mad,” and I was all, “No. Quit calling me that.” After that it stuck.
Have you ever been in a life or death situation where somebody said, “Is there a doctor in the house?”
No, that’s never happened. I wouldn’t raise my hand.
Who calls you Jeff?
Just my mom and the cops.
Who do you make your boards for?
Well, my main team is Brad Gerlach, Jay Larson, Micah Byrne, Timmy Turner¿that’s like the core of my team. I’ve been doing a lot of boards for a lot of other sponsored pros¿not putting logos on or putting them down low, or whatever. Especially since I’ve been doing the new Y2RSQ design.
Of all your teamriders, who abuses surfboards the most?
You know, Micah Byrne actually¿the youngest guy.
I don’t know, it’s kinda funny like that. You know, what surprises me is I think probably my most powerful guy who throws the most water, Jay Larson, is the least abusive on his board. That kinda trips me out. Then Micah, the youngest guy, has more buckles and more problems than the rest of them¿it’s kinda funny.
Have you ever had a late night with Jay Larson?
I’m a little old for that, but I’ve had some not quite late nights¿almost late night. Late night for me, but I think he was just getting started.
Does he ask you to shape his boards late at night?
No. I haven’t done any late-night shaping.
What’s the best way for a rider to communicate with you when deciding what’s best for them?
Talk to me about it. If they’re on the team, I watch them surf, and we communicate with what’s going on and how the boards are working and stuff¿communication is pretty important. It seems like it’s kind of a progression; every board progresses to the next.