Arakawa, Eric


Unobtrusive surfboard shaper from Oahu, Hawaii, best known for his elegant thin-railed Pipeline guns. Arakawa was born (1960) in Honolulu, raised in nearby Pearl City, began surfing at age 10 and shaping at 14. He's made boards for a number of companies, including Town & Country, Lightning Bolt, Brewer Surfboards, and Surfing Hawaii, but is perhaps best known for the work he's done since 1995 with Hawaiian Island Creations; his contract with Hawaiian Island Creations was a multi-year, million dollar agreement.

Arakawa has made boards for some of the world's best surfers, including Michael and Derek Ho, Damien Hardman, Shane Beschen, Megan Abubo, Mark Occhilupo, Reef McIntosh, and the late Andy Irons. In 1986, Arakawa helped develop the Nose Guard, a small and inexpensive soft-rubber bumper that glued to the tip of the board to prevent injury, but which fell out of favor by the 2000s. Surfing magazine named Arakawa "Shaper of the Year" in 2003.