Makani McDonald

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHAPING? About 14 or 15 yrs.

WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST SHAPING INFLUENCES?

Early years was my Dad, Kenny Tilton, my godfather Joe Kuala & Mike Wellman on Kauai in my preteen and teenage years. I'm influenced by all shapers especially boards that catch my eye. My biggest influence in recent years has been Glenn Pang since I've been working for and with him over the past 5 years.

WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE?

Modern hi performance short and longboards. But I like to experiment with doing different types of boards too. My models that I get good feedback on are my H-mod, Dabbler, Gizmo, Sk8, Mini Beast and Nugget.

WHO ARE YOUR CURRENT TEAM RIDERS?

Brisa Hennessy, Nage Melamed, Keoni Jones, Brittany Penaroza, Summer Ivy, Kai Martin, Yukko Whiteside, Guy Chang, Heather Faustin, Tyrra Galano, Kaleo Relator, Kristian Mcdonald, Maddie Gumbrecht, Daniel Johanson, Ryan Parker. I like to help a lot of kids too so this list isn't comprehensive.

MOTIVATION?

T&C is such an iconic brand in the surf world with deep Hawaii roots, I'm stoked and honored to be part of the new direction they're going in and representing the brand.