Quick Chats: Todd Quigley.
By Luke Pleydon.
You’ve been shaping boards forever ! How much has it hurt not to be able to do it the last 18 months with all the COVID restrictions?
It’s hurt for sure! Pretty crazy to think what a global pandemic can do. Last custom batch I shaped was Feb 2020 I just got back from Indo as it was hitting and next thing you know the Australian Government closed it’s boarders and that was that.
It just has not been possible to get away and shape, the last 5 or so years I have been shaping up in Indo just doing limited runs of 110 boards per year and it was a good way to keep me shaping foam and being more hands on but that has just been put to a stop. I hope in the new year sometime I can get away and shape again but I’m not holding my breath.
Without being able to get as hands on with your boogs,you’ve focused more on your stock board ranges.what have you been working on lately ?
I have been looking into my stock range and have refined it even more, just doing what the core market wants and keeping it super tight with shapes that I have dialed in over the past 25 years. I’m just releasing a new DK shape called the Sharp Spoon which is rad. It’s based on a custom board I shaped for a guy in Japan about 6 years ago and I thought it would be sick if it could be offered as a stock board so I am stoked on that model.
What board you’ve shaped is the one that makes you most proud ?
Oh man, that’s a hard one! First of all I shape every board tue same way giving it the same amount of attention as any other board. But I do get a feeling every now and then about certain boards that you know could go on to do special things.
I would say some stand outs are boards for Hardy, Kingy, Andre over the years have done some real special things and some that are iconic to the sport. But hey to be honest those guys at that level in their prime the board was just an extension with what they had been doing and to be a part of that was and is pretty cool.
Whos had biggest influence on you in your career ?
The biggest by far would be Nick Mesritz for a number of reasons, both personal and professional. Riders such as Hardy, Kingy and Benny Player have played a part with the way I have shaped as those riders are some of my all time favs. My peers and other people in the industry have also been an influence.
Looks like you’ve got your hands full with two happy little groms,hows that changed your life ?
It’s changed in a huge way. Yep it’s full on with the two groms, less time to surf that’s for sure and I’m the stay at home dad as my wife is killing it in her career. But over the past 5 years since we had our first I have still been able to shape and design ranges so it’s not crazy! Hahahah.
You’ve been in the game a long time… any special milestones coming up? If so what’s your plans ?
Yep it’s been a long time. Sometimes it feels that way and others just feels like I started last week. 25 years coming up next year, can’t believe it’s been 25 years since I first started shaping. Crazy!!! I going to do a limited 25 boards to celebrate that milestone, I’m still working on all the details but it’s going to be sick, will do something special that’s for sure.