Q&A with Josh The Laminator Guy

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Surf ghettos exist all over the world, but none are as famous as the infamous San Clemente surf ghetto, where arguably more surfboards are built on one little street than anywhere else in California if not the world. And on that street, Los Molinos, there is a glass house called Ghetto House Glassing (love the name!!) where the majority of Mayhem’s are glassed and finished up. One of the guys who works his arse off at Ghetto House is Josh, who does all the laminating. What’s cool about his job is that he’s the first guy who truly gets to see a magic board after it’s been glassed. Heck, he glasses ‘em! Ghetto the mag recently caught up with Josh the Laminator and here’s how the conversation rolled….

Ghetto the Mag: So what do you love most about laminating boards? Do you love the smell or the fact that you get to see these boards before they get under the feet of the world’s best surfers?
Josh the Laminator: Yeah, that’s a pretty cool aspect of the job, actually feeling the board before they do, really. And meeting cool people in the industry, and not having to punch in and punch out. Surfing when I can. I don’t get to surf as much as I used to. Kids will do that to ya.

Ghetto the Mag: Do you sometimes laminate a board that you know is just going to be someone’s magic board by the way it looks?
Josh the Laminator: Yeah, I’d say so, but I laminate every board as if it were my own. Just having pride in what you do, that’s the single most important aspect of building a surfboard. It's not quantity, it’s just quality.

Ghetto the Mag: So for anyone out there who might not be familiar with the process, what is laminating?
Josh the Laminator: It’s actually pulling out the fiberglass, mixing up the resin, adding some catalyst to it and getting to it. And I’ve got about eight minutes to fill a side down before I ruin it (laughs).

Ghetto the Mag: So have you ever ruined any boards?
Josh the Laminator: Not in a long time. Well, I’ve never really ruined a board, everything’s fixable. You just wind up sweating really bad when you see the resin kick in and you know you’re not at that point, but that’s been many moons ago (more laughs).

Ghetto the Mag: Well Ghetto House Glassing must be one of the most famous glass houses in the world, yeah?
Josh the Laminator: Definitely. And we've done some boards for a lot of great surfers, some world champs; Andy, and Mick … Taj and lots of number twos in the world. Our name’s out there.

Ghetto the Mag: What’s the busiest time of year in the shop for you?
Josh the Laminator: Definitely around the end of Spring until about the end of September, but with Mayhem, it really hasn’t slowed down that much in the wintertime. Wintertime used to be okay, we'd get to go surf and mess around but not with these guys anymore.


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Surf ghettos exist all over the world, but none are as famous as the infamous San Clemente surf ghetto, where arguably more surfboards are built on one little street than anywhere else in California if not the world. And on that street, Los Molinos, there is a glass house called Ghetto House Glassing (love the name!!) where the majority of Mayhem’s are glassed and finished up. One of the guys who works his arse off at Ghetto House is Josh, who does all the laminating. What’s cool about his job is that he’s the first guy who truly gets to see a magic board after it’s been glassed. Heck, he glasses ‘em! Ghetto the mag recently caught up with Josh the Laminator and here’s how the conversation rolled….

Ghetto the Mag: So what do you love most about laminating boards? Do you love the smell or the fact that you get to see these boards before they get under the feet of the world’s best surfers?
Josh the Laminator: Yeah, that’s a pretty cool aspect of the job, actually feeling the board before they do, really. And meeting cool people in the industry, and not having to punch in and punch out. Surfing when I can. I don’t get to surf as much as I used to. Kids will do that to ya.

Ghetto the Mag: Do you sometimes laminate a board that you know is just going to be someone’s magic board by the way it looks?
Josh the Laminator: Yeah, I’d say so, but I laminate every board as if it were my own. Just having pride in what you do, that’s the single most important aspect of building a surfboard. It's not quantity, it’s just quality.

Ghetto the Mag: So for anyone out there who might not be familiar with the process, what is laminating?
Josh the Laminator: It’s actually pulling out the fiberglass, mixing up the resin, adding some catalyst to it and getting to it. And I’ve got about eight minutes to fill a side down before I ruin it (laughs).

Ghetto the Mag: So have you ever ruined any boards?
Josh the Laminator: Not in a long time. Well, I’ve never really ruined a board, everything’s fixable. You just wind up sweating really bad when you see the resin kick in and you know you’re not at that point, but that’s been many moons ago (more laughs).

Ghetto the Mag: Well Ghetto House Glassing must be one of the most famous glass houses in the world, yeah?
Josh the Laminator: Definitely. And we've done some boards for a lot of great surfers, some world champs; Andy, and Mick … Taj and lots of number twos in the world. Our name’s out there.

Ghetto the Mag: What’s the busiest time of year in the shop for you?
Josh the Laminator: Definitely around the end of Spring until about the end of September, but with Mayhem, it really hasn’t slowed down that much in the wintertime. Wintertime used to be okay, we'd get to go surf and mess around but not with these guys anymore.

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