Saltwater Solutions Featuring Steve Buchan

There’s nothing quite like working at a job smack dab in the middle of some amazing Malibu point breaks. I’m able to get off work around 4pm and go shred amazing waves until the sun goes down. That’s a normal Monday- Friday for me. Work, surf, and then repeat. I can’t thank Cj Nelson enough for all the opportunities he has given me and for continuing to push me to new levels. He encouraged me to grab any footage I had and to learn how to edit video. So that’s what I did. Norwell 9 and Laura Holman answered the call for video footage. I grabbed as much footage as they had of me riding my red 10’0″ Cj Classic and my 9’6″ Texalium Sprout & spent a couple months putting it all together. Both these boards are amazing! I absolutely love the Sprout though. It’s the ultimate noseriding machine. It seems to work so well everywhere I surf it. CJ and Ryan Engle really put together a masterpiece when they were in the shaping

Retrospective. CJ x Surfer Magazine 2017

I'm super happy to be able to share my story and some thoughts in the pages of Surfer Magazine. My path has not been an easy one but I feel like I may have gone through all that struggle and hurt so other people don't have to. I don't condemn people that party (I sure loved it) but I'm here as proof that there is defiantly another way that is real and feels just as good if not better. With that being said, if you feel like you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, please feel free to hit me up. I'm always here to talk about how I got sober and making a positive change in your life. Thank you, Surfer Magazine, Ashton Goggans and Grant Ellis for the opportunity to share. Another huge thank you to Justin Bowers who worked tirelessly on shooting it with me. - CJ

Poly, EPS, and our Design Process

Nor cal test session in pursuit of perfection. Photo: Justin Bowers / Surfer Magazine First off let's kinda define "eps" and "poly" so we're all on the same page here. A traditional surfboard known as a "poly" board is a board made with a polyurethane foam blank and glassed using polyester resin. An "eps" surfboard is made out of an expanded polystyrene foam blank and glassed with epoxy resin. Either form of the blank can be used to build a board using nearly the same traditional shaping and lamination processes. We build our own eps blanks and use highest quality epoxy resins to create our Thunderbolt Technologies and Epoxy Matrix boards. I want to share with you a little bit about our brand and the design process we take to get the perfect eps surfboard. Lots of people ask me "what works better, poly or eps?" For me, that's an easy question and the answer is without a shadow of a doubt, eps. But, poly boards are a key element in our design and

Sprout – The Ultimate Noserider

A bootlegged version of Cj's Sprout segment from Thomas Campbell's film. The legacy of this board runs deep in CJ’s life, the lives of CJ's supporters and the traditional longboard community as a whole. The original concept of this board was to combine elements of two of CJ’s all time favorite vintage longboards out of his dad's collection. Blending the best features of two of the most important longboards in the history of the sport took CJ on a journey of nearly 20 years and roughly 500 boards. Testing and tweaking in search of the perfect traditional noserider. Over the years these boards were simply known as the “CJ Nelson model” and were shaped by some of the most well-respected longboard shapers in the world. The CJ Nelson model built a cult like following taking nearly everyone who competed on one to multiple contest victories building crews of guys from around the world who would ride nothing else. CJ became known as the kid from Santa Cruz that was re-defining the art of noseriding