ISL Special Interview: Dylan Longbottom (Surfer and Shaper)



Dylan Longbottom is a Billabong Free surfer. He charges in big barrels and rips in any condition from 1 to 20ft. As you might know Dylan also shapes amazing boards that have been ridden by big names. 

This week the crowd in the water and on the beach was amazed by the Future board Dylan was riding. When you see him and other people surfing on it, there’s no doubt its magic. 

Dylan took some time to talk to us and explain a bit about boards in Bali and about himself.

ISL:    When and where did you start to surf?
Dylan: I started surfing around 6 years old at Cronulla in Sydney.

ISL:    Who were your inspirations growing up?
Dylan: I could name so many guys that were on world tour in the 80’s and 90’s but I was also inspired by a lot of the older crew from south coast of New South Wales where I grew up and really admired and analyzed surfing there.

Dylan’s family in a morning surf at Canggu

ISL:    How did big-wave surfing comes to be your specialty?
Dylan: It all started growing up on small slabs on the south coast and was a natural progression then throughout the years at Hawaii and Tahiti plus venturing around Australia.

ISL:    Did you ever compete on the WQS? What were your best results?
Dylan: I did do it for a year or 2 when I was 21 but my best results were quarter finalist at Newcastle and in Raglan, New Zealand.

ISL:    So tell us Dylan, after all this time and all your travels what is your Favorite Wave?
Dylan: I have so many but I really love p-pass in the Carolines and Teahupoo is the best barrel backside.

ISL:    Here in Indonesia, what are your favorite breaks?
Dylan: I enjoy surfing Canggu a lot as it’s so consistent and has a good vibe there, also go to Nias a bit as and up towards West Java.

ISL:    When did you start shaping? And why?
Dylan: I started shaping in 1999 when my son Jay was born. I always wanted to shape as my dad worked on boards for over 20 years and I hung out a bit when I was young and really admired the shapers. I was bricklaying at the time I started and got the confidence to just try and shape and my first board was my best one I ever rode!

ISL:    Who do you shape for; can you drop some names?
Dylan: Currently I shape for Laurie Towner and a couple for guys like Wade Goodall, Mick Fanning, Chris Davidson, Manoa Drollet and a host of up and coming grommets.

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Wade Goodall riding Dylan’s boards
                                                          Billabong Surfer showing his Dylan board

ISL:    What sort of board would you recommend for everyday-surfing in Bali?
Dylan: I would recommend a board 1 inch shorter than you normally ride, slightly wider and fraction thicker for paddle speed and to sustain momentum, combine this with a medium rocker and not too many Bintangs and you can’t go wrong!!! You can pretty much surf Bali everyday on a shortboard.

ISL:    What other boards do you feel are essential for an Indo quiver?
Dylan: Always a step up board for the bigger swells at least 2-3 inches longer and a bit thicker, also a small wave fun board that is nice, flat, wide and light to throw for those tiny days.

ISL:    Can you tell us a bit about these future boards that you’ve been experimenting with? They look unreal.
Dylan: It’s something Matt George has approached me about and have had a few things in mind but didn’t have the time to really make it happen, but I did this first one with a bit of wakeboard knowledge throw in along with some shark fin motivation on the rails.

The Future board

Will you be competing in the Rip Curl Padang Cup? This is your kind of wave and event, isn’t it?
Dylan: I am up there on the alternate list and would love a crack so hopefully I can slot in there, I’m in Teahupoo trials next month anyway so looking forward to that and trying some new boards out there.

ISL:    Which Indonesian surfers should the surf industry taking notice of?
Dylan: I guess there are so many guys ripping on the ISC tour to name but I think it would be great to see the more of the local underground surfers get a little bit of help from the industry.

ISL: Thanks for your time.
Dylan: You’re welcome.


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