RHYTHM Presents: Neal Purchase JNR | The DUO Concept



“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.”
— George Kneller

I first became familiar with Neal Purchase Jr’s surfing and work as a shaper when I saw the film “Glass Love”. In that film, which was made by another favorite of mine, Andrew Kidman, Purchase was then heavily experimenting with the widow maker fin set up, which featured a single fin with two smaller outer stabilizing fins. Inspired by Neal’s surfing on these boards in hollow surf, I started to get widow makers from a local shaper here in New Jersey. They were amazing off the bottom, super fast down the line, and held amazingly in the tube. With all those positives, I did find a negative, as I’m a light guy, I felt they were sticky for me off the top and I found myself blowing a good amount of perfectly set up turns. So I moved away from the widow maker and started experimenting with other fin configurations that maintained great drive, while still having good release off the top.

Now Mr. Purchase has drawn from a few different timelines on the surf continuum, the single fin and twin fin eras. With his new DUO fin configuration, he has combined the positives of both the single and twin fin, the synergy of both speed, flow, and release. By the surfing demonstrated in this new film of him riding his own surfcraft, the results look to be near perfection.

Drive, speed, response, and release. Repeat!


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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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