You may think Alex Knost is just a nose-riding savant, but as you can see here, he’s more than just a longboarding ace. Here’s a piece of his diverse quiver, complete with longboards, shortboards, vintage boards, and plenty of other uncategorizeable planks.
5’7″ No-name kneeboard
“It’s got a thruster fin setup with some massive ultra-control channels. Andrew Doheny’s dad gave me it about two years ago-he said I was the only surfer in Newport weird enough to ride it. Then about a year ago Big Gay Al (otherwise known as Alex Kopps) took it to Tavarua on a RVCA trip and rode it at Cloudbreak-it didn’t look like it worked very well there. It’s about three inches thick with no rocker and works bitchin’ on flat, closed-out days in Newport.”
9’6″ Gato Heroi shaped by Robbie Kegal
“This board has a 17 1/2″ nose, is 22 1/2″ wide, and has a 16″ tail. It’s kinda heavy but not a dead weight. I use a 9″ Greenough fin, and it works good as a log in beachbreak slop.”
5’8″ 80s-style thruster swallowtail shaped by Robbie Kegal
“Robbie made this under the now expired ‘Creme’ label. It’s 19″ wide with a square nose for flair points. It looks tweaked but goes sweet in Trestles-style waves when it’s head high.”
5’5″ x 20″ x 2 1/4″ Quad by Stretch
“This thing is really wide and mega light. It was a gift from Akram at Jacks. I was stoked to get it because everyone else had a Stretch last year. It’s super good for chop hops and mush balls.”
5’9″ Dano blunt-nosed tri-fin bonzer
“I don’t know the dimensions because Thomas Campbell spraypainted over them. I used to ride this all the time, but it’s kinda waterlogged, so it’s taking a time-out. But I love this thing-it’s one of the fastest boards I’ve ever ridden.”
9’4″ x 22 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ Gato Heroi shaped by Robbie Kegal
“This is the Al Knost new pleasure model. It’s the log I ride day in and day out. The dimensions are a 16 3/4″ nose, with the wide point pulled back, and a 16″ tail. It’s got thin rails, a flat nose rocker, and a lot of tail kick. I guess I should recommend it if you want a log.”
7’2″ Single-fin shaped by Bruce Jones
“This puppy’s from the 70s, and it’s something like 3 1/2″ thick. I don’t think it’s mine-I can’t remember. I might have traded something for it, but it was shaped for 80s punk pool-skater superstar Ricky Barnes, so I had to have it. It goes sick in tubes.”
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