1. Fletcher Chouinard Shapes Surf Boards For Work
The oldest child of Yvon Chouinard is a surfboard designer and shares a passion for building durable and high-performing equipment.
He is one of the owners of the company FCD Surfboards. FCD surfboard was established 20 years ago in Ventura, California. The shop is across from the tin shed blacksmith shop where Yvon Chouinard started his journey as a businessman.
2. Fletcher Is An Expert In Hybrid Shaping
After working for more than 25 years designing surfboards, Fletcher has become an expert hybrid side of shaping surfboards. In an interview, Fletcher shared his experience of working in the field and likes to keep it original.
The designer said that he likes to go back to basic time and again and loves to hand-shape the boards. Though he does point out that he uses some computer programs such as CNC/CAD, he does not get the same joy as doing it hand-shape.
3. Fletcher Found Passion In Foilboarding In Later Years
Though Fletcher loves good old traditional surfing, in later years, he showed interest in foil surfing. For those who don’t what foil surfing is, it is basically attaching a hydrofoil to the board instead of a fin.
While talking about foil boarding, Fletcher said it is a feeling sport rather than a visual sport. The surfer does warn that it might look a bit lame, but the feeling one gets when they glide is unbelievable.
4. Kitesurfing Has Also Piqued Fletcher’s Interest
Along with surfing and foil boarding, Fletcher also shares a passion for kitesurfing. He says his interest in kitesurfing began when his father was into sea kayaking.
Fletcher always thought it would be awesome to drag himself along with a traction kit for crossings, and later when he saw Peter Trow and Corky Cullen do it in Ventura and Santa Barbara, he thought of giving it a go.
5. Fletcher Looks Up To Reo Stevens
Reo Stevens, a professional kitesurfer and a coach, serves as Fletcher Chouinar’s inspiration. Fletcher says he is constantly impressed by how much Reo can get barreled.
Fletcher says that when he would stall, Reo can sit inside the section and come out of the barrel clean.
The former billionaire’s son is also a massive fan of Patrick Rebstock and Ian Alldredge.