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Some of the Essence Surf Crew in Costa Rica Jan 2014


Surfline.com "Shapers Alley Northern New Jersey" 2013
ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine) "Faces & Foam Dust" Article Aug. 29th, 2013
Photo 4: Photographer:
Dick Meseroll. Shaper Subject: Eugene "Gene/Surreal-G" Wahl. Location: Essence Surf, Totowa, NJ. Date: August 29th, 2013. “In my home state of New Jersey, my first photo shoot was at Essence Surfboards, a practical wilderness outpost located in, of all places, inland Totowa, close to an hour from the nearest surf spots on Long Island or the Jersey Shore,” said Mez. “Go ahead and check your atlas, because owner/shaper/instructor/surf supply salesman Gene Wahl is as far removed from the Atlantic Ocean as anybody in the business. Which made him just the kind of shaper I really wanted to meet and photograph in order to get a better understanding of the diverse cast of characters who inhabit our East Coast board-building industry. Totowa, NJ, is a long way from waves, but, if you’re a surfer from land-locked North Jersey, A.K.A. Tony Soprano-ville, the Essence factory is the sort of oasis of surfing fantasy that we can all appreciate.”


ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine) "Skin & Core" Article 2013

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