Glenn PangAge: 43Home: Wahiawa, O’ahuLabel: Town & CountryFirst shaped board: 1971Teamriders: Fred Patacchia, Conan Hayes, Jason ShibataBoards shaped per year: 2,000Favorite tool: Skil 100
Background: Glenn’s interest in shaping began as a young surfer when he saw his friend’s brother make a board. “It looked pretty fun, so I just got into it,” says Pang. After a while he started making boards for himself, his brothers, and his friends, eventually landing with Town & Country in the 70s. He spent a long stint there, then went on his own for a while, later joining up with various companies such as Blue Hawaii, HIC. Eventually he ended up coming back to Town & Country.
Influences: “Way back when, Brewer was the man,” he says. “Ben Aipa in the early 70s-he made all the stingers for the local Hawai’ian guys like Larry Bertleman, Buttons, and Mark Lydell.” Another influence he credits is Craig Sugihara, owner of Town & Country, “When I first got started, he taught me a lot about shaping, so did Glen Minami.”
Design Philosophy: “Speed for sure, because you need speed to do maneuvers,” emphasizes Pang. “Each surfer needs a board that’s more neutral-where it’s not pulling him one way or the other-where the surfer can actually control the board and make the board do whatever he wants.” Another important aspect he, like many others, feels strongly about is feedback: “Feedback’s the most important thing, because you might get the best board for one rider, give it to another rider, and it might be a dog. Fine-tuning boards is important for what each rider wants from his board-it’s an individual kind of thing.”
Technical Specifics: “Pretty much all the shortboards made by Glenn have some kind of concave, whether it be a single to a double a concave that transitions from one end to the other where the single could be farther up toward the tail depending on the rider’s style. The boards are pretty basic, the only thing we’ve been experimenting with lately is adding some vee off the tail in the back to make the boards super easy to turn. As for fins, a lot of the riders have been going back to glass-ons-they’re more dependable, and guys feel like they have more projection. They don’t have to worry about what fin they’ll have to use that day. We’re also trying some new glass jobs with the rider-trying to do some Kevlar boards. The boards are so thin, sometimes two inches thick, and might last only a couple days. The waves are so powerful here and the boards are so thin, riders just go off on the boards.”
Future Outlook: Like many other shapers, Glenn feels everything’s moving toward being more machine oriented. “As far as the shaping machines we’re using, they’re unreal because you can really fine-tune boards,” he says. “If the rider says, ‘Yeah, I want the exact same board with just a touch less nose rocker, or 1/8-inch-wider tail block, or a little fuller rail,’ it’s so easy to change the machine.”