P: Mike Yoshida
Make no mistake: the Tough Cat ain’t for pussies. As a product of traditional Japanese surfing culture, Takuya “Tappy” Yoshikawa came to San Diego, CA over a decade ago to immerse himself in the experience and knowledge of legendary shapers like Skip Frye and new age icons like Chris Christenson. The result of this tutelage is a craftsmanship that transcends both geography and generations. Most distinct about Tappy’s creations is how he manipulates resin hues to create aesthetics that are both chaotic and organic. Fittingly, Tappy was brought to Burton’s “Craig’s Facility” in Burlington, VT and tasked with lending his visual touch to Burton’s 2016 Family Tree series, which includes the Tough Cat. This new model is the most aggressive Family Tree board to date with a deeper sidecut than any Burton deck in over a decade. An FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G Core provides the stable chassis that keeps the Tough Cat from going stray while the Balanced Freeride Geometry amplifies its feline agility.
Available Lengths: 158cm, 162cm, 168cm