Shayne McIntyre, November juice in Puerto Rico...

See the full sequence of Shayne getting spit out on Surfline.
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Shayne goes Fins Free: Take 2

Shayne McIntyre is at it again!  This time he bribed Rusty Shaper, Hoy Runnels, to sculpt his take on a finless board that can be surfed beyond simply planing and holding a line.  This particle shape, deemed "The Pineapple Express" by Hoy, has a series of rigid and deep channels carved out of the bottom to create bite without relying on fins.  This design proved to be very promising... Shayne scored several long rights on the board's maiden voyage where he was not only flying down the line, but he was able to pump, do 360s, stall in the pocket, and even put the board on a rail.  Shayne plans to take these unique finless boards into waves with more consequence; make sure and check back on the Rusty blog to see the photos and footage to come...

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Shayne goes Fins Free! Part 1

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Shayne McIntrye has been riding alaia surfboards for the last several years and really enjoys the sensation of flying down the line without the drag created by fins.  Shayne's wheels have been turning lately and he didn't hesitate to get the Rusty shapers involved in this Hynd inspired fins free project.  Without much direction, Shayne introduced the idea to the Rusty Surfboards Shapers, Rick Hamon, Hoy Runnels, and Mike Russo, and let them run wild with the idea of building a board that can be surfed without fins.  This particular finless craft was designed and shaped by Hamon and is currently being researched and developed by Shayne.  The trial run was more than promising.  Stay tuned as Shayne and the Rusty Surfboards crew go fins free...

Shayne McIntyre’s New Shred Sled

Shayne McIntyre swung by the Rusty Surfboards factory to say hello and he was pleasantly surprised when he got handed his new 5'6" mini-Simmons inspired shape, which was completed early.  This sleek little shred sled, shaped by Hoy, has a classic twin fin set up, a real boxy tail, and it is obviously built to fly down the line.  Needless to say, Shayne was frothing at the mouth to get his new toy in the water!  Below are a few images from the trial run...

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Shayne McIntyre featured on

Rusty Surfboards team rider, Shayne McIntyre, was recently featured on  The interview and photo editorial featuers McIntyre riding the Rusty Surfboards Slayer model out at Middles in Puerto Rico.  Here is what Liquid Salt and Shayne had to say...

Shayne McIntyre is a California surfer/producer currently living in Puerto Rico. His television show “On Surfari,” which airs on FuelTV and Nat GeoAdventure, draws a devoted viewership. Shayne can surf just about any board he is given… and he does. We caught up with Shayne to learn more.

What was your life like grow ing up?

Pretty erratic—lots of moving: New York, Africa, Mauritius, Aspen and San Diego. Looking back, my parents accomplished some great things, but didn’t have much of a compass in life and created a seriously dysfunc­tional family setting. So when I was young, I turned to my dog and toys. When I turned 10, I turned to the sea. Like many who can’t find joy in other aspects of life, surfing and the beach became my world.

When did you get your first surf board?

It was my dad’s old eight foot something Surfboards Hawaii that he had in the garage. It had a great air brush of a peeling wave on the deck, but was pretty delaminated and yellow. I traded it towards a new G&S surf board down in P.B., complete with the cool Damien Hard man “Gorilla Grip” traction pads on front and back. Wish I still had my dad’s board though, but it was symbolic in a way.

What was the feeling you had when you first stood up on a surf board?

I don’t remember my first time standing, but I do remember my first wave I paddled into. It was at a reef called South Bird in La Jolla and I went over the falls, the leash wrapped around my neck and I hit my head on the board coming up for air. I went in after that. I didn’t want to quit; I just knew I had had enough for the day.

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International Rescue Committee Surfing Day with On Surfari

A few weeks ago Rusty Del Mar held a screening of On Surfari's two most recent episodes, Haiti and Liberia, and fans came from all over San Diego to catch the show.  Shayne and Shannon McIntyre, hosts of the show and Rusty team riders, raffled off prizes and hung out after the episodes to chat it up and answer questions.  After the show Shayne and Shannon were introduced to a special group of audience members who felt a personal connection to the Liberia episode.

These audience members were from various countries in Africa and they are with a group called the International Rescue Committee; The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.  These young individuals from Africa were so enthused seeing the Liberians surfing that they wanted to try surfing themselves.  Being the kind-hearted people they are, Shayne and Shannon gladly offered to arrange a surf lesson for them on the following Monday.

With only a few days notice and through a series of emails the amount of support and gear that was rallied to teach 25+ African refugees to surf was amazing.  South Coast Surf Shop donated boards and wetsuits to use, Sambazon was there handing out Acai smoothies, Surf Resource Network helped rally a handful of instructors to help out for the day, and a ton of other individuals took it upon themselves to get involved. With a ratio of nearly one surf instructor to one student and plenty of boards to go around it turned out to be an unforgettable day for everyone who participated.  We would like to offer a huge thank you to all of you who rallied your support, time, and energy to make this happen.  Check out some images from the day below:

Text and Photography by: Brody

Shayne and his apprentice head for the water

First day and already throwing grab rail cutbacks

She was really stoked on surfing

Shannon lends a helping hand

Kahana Kalama takes a grom out for a few waves

To learn more about the International Rescue Committee check out their website.

To learn more about the Surf Resource Network click here.

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Rusty Del Mar: On Surfari Screening featured on FUEL.TV

Thanks to all of those Rusty Surfboards and On Surfari fans that showed up last weekend to the world premier screening of On Surfari: Haiti!  Over 250 people rallied in the back lot of Rusty Del Mar for a fun filled evening consisting of two On Surfari episodes and a massive raffle to benefit the people of Haiti.  If you missed out on the screening keep your eyes peeled on Fuel TV for all of your favorite On Surfari episodes.

Check out this interview with team rider, Shayne McIntyre, featured on

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Shannon and Shayne have lucked into some kind of perma-honeymoon, except rather than egocentrically living for themselves on their incredible adventures, the McIntyre's use their celebrity to better local communities. Surfing through rarely explored regions of Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua and most recently Haiti, the couple uses their "On Surfari" fame to bring tales of journey and excitement to living rooms around the world. Through unique escapades, philanthropic efforts and of course beautiful footage of untouched peeling waves, Shannon and Shayne hope viewers feel compelled to visit these places that seemed so previously unwelcoming. Assuring me that "these places are safe," regarding Liberia during a recent interview, Shayne's words are nothing short of persuasive. Watching Liberia's first class left go unridden during an ultra grass roots premier at Rusty Del Mar in San Diego, I can't help but wonder if these places are truly what they're cracked up to be. Nearly swayed by the waves on screen alone, I dove deeper into the world of Shayne McIntyre to find the thoughts behind the journey.-Jenna Klein

So you've just screened "On Surfari" Liberia and Haiti, two places very different from where you've gone before. With all the fear surrounding Haiti before and especially after the earthquake, how did you manage to show such a different picture?
We really tried to find something beautiful in Haiti and I had no idea if we were going to be successful with that. We wanted to see if there was more than destruction and we really found a different story in Haiti. I wanted to show that these are beautiful people with a rich culture, and that there are people living with dignity and to the best of their abilities in Haiti, fully enjoying life. A lot of the country wasn’t affected by the earthquake directly and we saw homes made out of mud and thatch about 2 hours away from Port Au Prince that weren’t even harmed. There was a lot of coastline that was fully accessible for surf and people were out there, just living their normal lives. It’s only 90 minutes from Miami and I fully encourage people to go for a quick little surf trip. We had a great time and were never in any danger, the greatest challenge are the roads and there isn’t really a ton of restaurants, but we figured it out and had an amazing time.

We mostly see you surfing and in the villages, but where do you stay on trips?
In Liberia we stayed in these cool wood decks on stilts almost like a safari tent but lifted up, and in Haiti, the two main locations we stayed in were hotels. The buildings were still standing and completely out of the earthquake zone, and for the most part weren't affected at all. We didn’t sleep in tents or cars or anything like that, we fully had access to accommodations and everything else.

img_6043-editWhen's the last time you saw a wave this good with no one on it? Shayne probably thought the same thing. Photo: Sean Brody.

I don't know many people who would bring their children to places like Liberia, yet you brought Banyan and Coral and they seemed to love it. How has having them affected your travels?
Traveling with Banyan and Coral, who are five and two right now, is definitely more of a challenge, but at the same time it’s totally possible. We do our best to pick kid friendly locations now. What’s changed is that we used to travel on foot with backpacks and cruise from spot to spot, and the kids may slow that down a little bit, or maybe you sleep in a little more [laughs], but we were really at a stage in our life where we felt ready to have children, and it's been great. Now that we travel with them it really opens doors. When you travel with kids, people know you’re there to enjoy the place and it shows the people you trust them. When you bring your children somewhere like Liberia, you’re really honoring someone’s country, because they know you feel safe there.

Traveling this much, you must have an airport story or two...
Surprisingly we have been very lucky, but when we went to Liberia the plane time was crazy. It was Puerto Rico to New York, New York to Belgium, and the kids are on the plane trying to throw food behind them or pull the hair of the person in front of them, and one’s always awake while the other’s asleep.. So we land in Belgium around 3am, and we have to crush up these malaria pills in Coral’s Nutella, and she threw up all over herself then all over me. On the plane, the bags are checked, and you’ve wearing throw up clothes on a 12 hour flight from Belgium to Liberia. That's a pretty classic airport horror story if you ask me.

img_6023I can't remember the last time I saw groms actually chearing someone on for surfing their spot, Liberian kids know what's up. Photo: Brody.

We always see acts of charity on the show, but Haiti is still in need of so much more. How did it feel to help the kids there?
It was the most rewarding experience that we had while we were there. Just to see the joy and life and vibrance the kids and young adults had, despite the circumstances, was truly inspiring and gave me so much hope. There were such beautiful kids there and when I looked at them, I saw so much of my son and daughter in their faces, in their eyes. It definitely hit home for me and felt a lot more rewarding to help than to just be out there surfing, but we also wanted to show people that they can go there and help or surf. There is still such a huge opportunity for tourism in Haiti, and we really hope to show that through our show there.

You've been to so many places, how do you choose?
It’s always varied. In Liberia, the dentist that you see in the show sent me one Email, and without him, I don’t know if we would have ever gone. He really gave us the confidence we needed to go there. He lives there with 2 young children and his wife and painted this picture of how it was, even though I kept saying 'that’s not really what I see on the internet,' but I had a lot of faith in him. With Haiti, we live in Puerto Rico which is the neighboring island, and I told myself I just don’t wanna go there, it’s just somewhere I don’t want to go, and it was funny because when I closed myself off to it, things started coming to fruition. On Facebook I asked where we should go next and the number one feedback was Haiti, and same with Fuel. They said you live close and you should just go, but everytime it’s different. Since we’ve done warm places I think we will try to do somewhere colder next time..

So where is this cold spot?
Let’s just say we're gonna need good wetsuits.. but if you follow us on Facebook I might give out some little hints…

A Night with Shayne McIntyre at Rusty Del Mar

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When: July 11th 7-9pm
Where: Behind Rusty Del Mar
What: Shayne will be showing two episodes of On Surfari and discussing his experiences on the show.
Plus: Post showing Q&A and autograph session.
Free Sambazon! Popcorn and drinks will be served.
First 100 People receive a free raffle ticket.
$1 Raffle - Shayne’s Rusty board, shoes, sunglasses, tons of free goods!
Raffle will benefit “Strong Heart House”

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Shayne McIntyre Adds to his Quiver

Every so often, between adventures with his family, Shayne McIntyre will stop by the Rusty Surfboards factory to score some new boards. Recently, Shayne dropped by and left a very happy man. Here we see Shayne with three new boards: The Predator, The Slayer, and the all new Screamer. Keep your eyes on Fuel TV and On Surfari to see Shayne puting his new quiver to the test...


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Rusty Surfboards and Shayne McIntyre Featured in New York Times

Shayne McIntyre, of Fuel TV's "On Surfari", was interviewed by a White House correspondent in regards to his recent trip to Liberia.  A few words from Shayne as well as three images from the trip are featured in the piece.  Click here to check out the full article at


"...About a hundred feet away, the Atlantic was hurling itself at the shoreline in surging swells that crested in arc after arc. A trio of surfers — two Liberian, one Western — were riding a wave that started to break at a point called Shipwreck, before cresting directly across from the historic cottonwood tree where freed American blacks, including my great-great-great-great-grandfather, had carved their names in 1829 after their ship, the Harriet, arrived on the Liberian shore from Norfolk, Va...."



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Story by: Helene Cooper

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