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Surfer/Shaper/Artist – Travis Reynolds

Name: TRAVIS REYNOLDSIMG_2874
Age: TWENTY EIGHT
Place of Birth: SANTA CRUZ

TF:  I’ve always known you were an amazingly talented longboarder… When
did you get into doing more art and shaping?

Travis:    ART STARTED EARLY FOR ME, BOTH OF MY PARENTS ARE ARTISTS, SO CREATIVITY CAME NATURALLY. THEY HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED & ENCOURAGED ME TO FOLLOW THIS PASSION. I STARTED SHAPING WHEN I MOVED TO HAWAII AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. I COULDN’T AFFORD CUSTOM BOARDS, SO I STARTED BUILDING THEM FOR MYSELF. THE FIRST COUPLE WERE FUNKY, BUT SEEMED TO WORK ENOUGH, WHICH INSPIRED ME TO SHAPE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE THE MOST FUNCTIONAL BOARDS FOR MY FRIENDS & I.

TF:  What gives inspiration to paint? as well as to shape?

Travis:   I LOVE THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THINGS. WORKING THROUGH ALL THE STEPS. PAINTING AND BOARD BUILDING ARE VERY SIMILAR IN THAT THERE IS A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF STEPS TO GET TO THE FINAL PRODUCT. WHEN I FINISH, IT IS SUPER REWARDING TO HAVE THIS HAND MADE TANGIBLE OBJECT, THAT I HAVE PUT SO MUCH ENERGY INTO. MY INSPIRATION COMES FROM THEIMG_2731 WAY BUILDING, CREATING & FINISHING MY ART MAKES ME FEEL, AND I ALWAYS SEEM TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE ROMANCE OF THE IN BETWEEN.

oldertwinTF:   You recently mentioned some cool new film ideas, can we hear more about
those or are those top secret for now?

Travis:   MY GOOD BUDDY IS A MUSCIAN/PRODUCER & WE ARE WORKING ON A PROJECT SHOWING THE SIMILARITIES OF CREATING MUSIC & SURFBOARDS, AND HOW THE TWO INFLUENCE EACH OTHER. THAT’S ABOUT ALL I CAN SHARE WITH YOU FOR NOW..

TF:   I remember when you were living right at Ala Moana bowls… do you
miss Hawaii? And how is living here in Santa Cruz different?

Travis:   WHEN I WAS LIVING IN HAWAII ON THE BOAT AT BOWLS, I WAS YOUNG & HAD ALMOST NO RESPONSIBILITIES. MY ONLY WORRIES WERE FOOD & WAVES. IT WAS A GREAT TIME IN MY LIFE & I LOVE HAWAII, LUCKILY I GET TO VISIT OFTEN. SANTA CRUZ IS HOME TO ME, I KEEP COMING BACK BECAUSE IT’S A NICE CENTRAL LOCATION TO SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO EXPLORE. ROAD TRIPS UP & DOWN THE COAST, FAMILY & FRIENDS, AND THE BEST LOCATION FOR MY BUSINESS TO GROW.
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TF:   What would you say is your favorite type of board to ride as well as 94cramp
to shape?

Travis:   THERE IS NO WAY I COULD CHOOSE JUST ONE FAVORITE BOARD TO RIDE. IT DEPENDS ON THE WAVES & CONDITIONS. I’VE SURFED MANY STYLES OF BOARDS THAT HAVE WORKED WELL FOR ME. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ONE TO STICK TO ONE SHAPE OR MODEL. I ENJOY SURFING & SHAPING ALL BOARDS. I TAKE PRIDE IN THE DIVERSITY OF THE BOARDS THAT I BUILD.

TF:   Lastly where can people view more of your artwork as well as order a sweet new shred sled?

Travis:   I HAVE A WEBSITE THAT IS UNDER SLOW CONSTRUCTION, BUT MY CONTACT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE THERE, AS WELL AS A LINK TO MY BLOG. YOU CAN FIND ME AT WWW.TRAVISREYNOLDS.ORG

TF:   Thx for your time Trav!! talk to ya soon!

Travis:   THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!!chetIMG_2830

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