Shaper Robin Kegel is Gato Herói
“Modern surfing incorporates the full use of waves and functional direction change, harnessing power and poise. Pivot fin logs and concave noseriders don’t allow themselves to be set on the rail properly. They rely on drag. There’s no future in that, the best one can do on those is get a controlled noseride or dropknee cutback. It comes down to design =function = style.” - Robin Kegel
Robin Kegel as a shaper is most commonly known now by the name of Gato Herói. A funky name from a punky guy. He shapes radical re-do's of past eras and rides them with 240 volts of style. The name Gato Herói (Cat Hero) emphasizes Robin’s unique character with a vision and innovatie style that’s always ahead of everyone else.
With bases in Japan, California, Italy, Morocco, France and Australia, its is now a truly global company.
Here is a nice capture from an interview with Robbie, taken from an interview by our good friend Rui Ribeiro from Magic Quiver:
Some say you’re shaping the future of longboarding, some that your logs are too weird and hard too hard to ride, what’s the truth?
Well, it’s a muddied perspective. I mean, look at the traditional longboarding death and resurgence led by Joel Tudor. Personally I think classic longboarding has no future – just as shortboarding has no future. I’ll explain. When a surfer is ready to take off and is moves to walk (and pose) there’s no wave function or setup dynamic. Just as shortboarding experienced decades ago, when the approach was to engage only in the end zone of the wave, to boost tricks.