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'Slide Your Brains Out': Photos by Thomas Campbell

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Alex Knost, Bonny Doon, Calif., 2011

Photograph By Thomas Campbell

"Alex Knost with four of the first five boards he ever shaped. He gave me shape number six as a gift, and to my surprise it worked so damn good. They may look like hull-style boards, but they aren't. They're more neutral and easier to navigate on the backside than a hull. And, of course, he lays it way down on them."