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Pet the Kitty with Gato Heroi

When: Sat., Aug. 21, 10 a.m. 2010

“I feel that Gato Heroi surfboards are like the Maserati of the surf world,” says Rhett Boyd. “These are finely tuned surf craft with exquisite attention to detail — and they have the durability of a Toyota Land Cruiser.” Boyd, the man behind Rogue Wave Surf Shop (which was recently featured in Eastern Surf Magazine), is bringing surfboard company Gato Heroi’s Robin Kegel to Folly Beach. Boyd bought his first Gato Heroi a few years ago when running a surf shop in Mt. Pleasant. Kegel’s focus is on function and form and on quality instead of quantity. And all the boards are handmade. “(He) couldn’t care less about what the mainstream surf world thinks,” Boyd says. “They are not really into contests or the latest ad campaigns. They just love surfing and love making equipment that is aesthetically pleasing and fun to ride. I was intrigued by this young guy who I felt a kindred spirit with because he was making amazing boards that rode even better than they look.” Boyd describes the boards as modern interpretations of classic shapes; they “paddle well, turn amazingly, and nose ride insane.” The event isn’t a surf lesson by any means, but experienced surfers will get a chance to take one of Kegel’s boards out for a test drive. “This is going to be a surf jam session where people can meet and surf with a true rock star of the surf world,” Boyd says. There’s also an after-party that night from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Woodshop (1750 Signal Point Road, Unit 7-A). It’ll feature a Q&A session with Kegel, live music, and a Rogue Wave shop. —Susan Cohen

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