Who is Tore?
Kent Senatore shaped his first board in 1980, and after completing only 20 boards he was lucky enough to land a job working for Natural Progression in Santa Monica, California. Being employed in the shaping industry at such an early point is rare, but it allowed Kent the chance to learn important lessons at an earlier stage than most aspiring shapers. During his stay at Natural Progression, he was mentored by master shaper Dean Edwards, and took advantage of every opportunity to learn about all aspects of the production process.
By 1987, Kent moved to the north shore of Oahu and was working for Bill Barnfield. Kent acknowledges that “coming to the north shore and working for Bill was hard but the knowledge gained was worth every bit of effort.”
The pivotal point in Kent’s shaping development came in the winter of 1995, when he was hired by John Carper (JC Hawaii) to glass team boards for the upcoming Triple Crown season. That’s when things really started happening, and by the spring of 1996 he was finishing hand shapes for Carper. Kent worked closely with JC for the next three years and says, “it was like going to shaping college.” When the smoke cleared, Kent had shaped over 3000 boards for JC Hawaii.
After parting ways with JC in 1998, Kent worked another year as a ghost shaper for some of the shaping industry’s biggest names including, Wade Tokoro, Kerry Tokoro, Jeff Johnston, Cino, Dennis Pang, Carl Schaper, Eric Arakawa, and Jeff Bushman.
Around the same time, by taking all the lessons he’d learned in the past and adding his personal flair, Kent started his own label called Tore Surfboards Hawaii. Having spent most of his career working in the mass production world, Kent was convinced that he should take a different approach. Today he prefers to build each board from start to finish by putting all his effort into every board as if it were for himself. This allows Kent to control the quality of work through every step of the process, and insures that each Tore surfboard is truly a custom one off product.
Kent was a pro skater in the late 70′s with an impressive resume which included three cover shots, a starring role in the Hal Jepson movie “Skateboard Madness”. Read more
about Kent’s pro skate career.