Luís Carvalho “Lacrau”
Luís became interested in shaping unusually early in his life. He manufactured his first board in his garage at the age of 14 and has paved his way through the Portuguese shaping scene ever since, having worked for brands such as Star Model and Polen and collaborated with foam masters such as Darren Handley, Bill Stewart and Peter Battaglin. At DHD Surfboards, he got hundreds of boards passing through his hands, finishing shapes for surfers such as ex-WCTer Jack Freestone. Meticulous and creative, Lacrau developed a pioneering board flexibility system (7-flex) and got his name on the first made-of-cork surfboard to be tested by Garrett McNamara in the Nazaré Canyon. By living and working close to Parede beach, the Mecca of stand-up paddle in Portugal, he acquired the necessary knowledge and experience to join our shaping team, taking on the designing and shaping of the SUP boards since the very beginning. Now all WANTED models have his name on it.
Lino Curado is the man behind LC Technologies, our main technology supplier, currently in charge of all vacuum and infusion glassing constructions as well as Flowtech® and Xflex tech applications. You cannot tell the European history of skimboarding without mentioning Lino. He took about every trophy he could as a rider, winning several Portuguese and European titles. As a shaper, he worked for Folha Skimboards before founding a brand of his own, Glass Skimboards, introducing and developing new board-building technologies along the way. As Rskimboards’ frontman since 2011, Lino continued to pave his path as a revolutionary board builder by implementing new methods and materials, especially the pioneering technique called Flowtech®. The entire production of SUP and kitesurf equipment is done under his supervision.