I started this blog and the associated YouTube channel at the beginning of 2013 as an excuse to learn from smart people who make surfboards, and as a way to build a community of people with interests similar to myself.
But now Shred Show is all grown up, and the American Federal Trade Commission requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. So let's get this out of the way...
First, the obvious: I know people who work at surfboard companies and I get surfboards for free.
Second, the less obvious: Given FTC rules; If I interview someone from a surfboard company over lunch while doing research on a particular board and they pick up the bill, I would need to disclose it. Same thing if a surf shop gives me a bar of wax and I use it on a surfboard you see in a video - another disclosure. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If a clothing company gives me a soft and comfy pima cotton t-shirt with their logo on it and I wear it in a photo I'd have to disclose that too.
This could get redundant for me and annoying to viewers.
So to cover my ass and preserve your viewing experience, for every link or product I use or mention, substitute the word "writer" for "person in the video" and assume the following are all true. Since I also write on this blog in addition to making videos, the word "writer" still applies.
Illustrations courtesy of Lous Gray, Jeannine Schaefer. Thanks Tim Ferriss for the inspiration.