by Katie Hendrick | November 24, 2016

Made in FLA: Boards and Roses by Justin Quintal

An ode to the classics with this Northeast Florida surf brand

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Justin Quintal in the shaping room. Photography by Logan Bowles, Jensen Hande and Madison West
Justin Quintal in the shaping room. Photography by Logan Bowles, Jensen Hande and Madison West
The Trip Reaper model, a modern take on the 1967 Gordon and Smith HYII Model. Photography by Logan Bowles, Jensen Hande and Madison West
The Trip Reaper model, a modern take on the 1967 Gordon and Smith HYII Model. Photography by Logan Bowles, Jensen Hande and Madison West

In 2010, Jacksonville native Justin Quintal burst onto the global surfing scene by winning the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. He’s since racked up the accolades, including four longboard championships at the U.S. Open of Surfing; starred in a documentary in Iceland; and, in early 2016, ventured into the business side of the sport, producing longboards.

Quintal bucked the trend of moving to California or Hawaii by founding Black Rose Manufacturing in the city where he honed his skills on the water and in the classroom. The University of North Florida graduate teamed up with Ricky Carroll, a craftsman with 40 years of experience and 40,000 boards under his belt. Carroll spends six to eight weeks shaping a board that resembles a style popular in the ’60s and ’70s. Black Rose boards feature Volan cloth, a wide weave fiberglass uncommon today that gives them heft; a customized deck and tail patch; and a sanded gloss finish.

Designs are mellow with earth tones and dark stripes, a contrast to bubbly motifs associated with contemporary surf culture. “We want each board to work well in the water, but to also be something you could display on your wall,” Quintal says. blackrosemfg.com

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