Weight: 155 lbs.
Cory Lopez is known as one of the hardest charging surfers on the WCT. Remember “the wave” at Teahupo’o? He’s also no slouch in the small stuff-hailing from the Gulf side of Florida has taken care of that. For a surfer with this range of skills, it’s vital to have a quiver that can handle a ten-footer at Chopes and win a contest at two-foot Huntington. Here’s what “Lopey” puts in his board bag …
Favorite boards: “I won the U.S. Open on the 6’1″, and the 6’7″ works really good in Tahiti. I’ve had some really good waves on both of them.”
Other dimensions: “The shortboards are all 18 1/4″ by 2 1/8″, and the guns are about the same, maybe a little thicker.”
Where they’re going: “The shortboards are for California, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and France. The guns are for Tahiti, Spain, Fiji, and Hawai’i.”
On Matt “Mayhem” Biolos as a shaper: “He’s been a really good shaper for me. We’ve been working together for ten years, and it’s rare that I get a board I don’t like. If anything, a board will be too thick-never too thin. I can always ride the thin ones.”
On squashtails: “All I’ve ever really ridden. I like them because they’re really fast off the bottom and do quick turns.”
On pintails: “They’re for powerful waves with barrels and big, high-speed turns.”