It has been ages, but recently regained contact with another mentor of mine from Brazil, Mauro Roxo. Maurao is one of those guys that can do it all. Shape anything, glass, sand, polish to perfection, spray, he's the whole package. Yet, super humble and full of aloha. He took me under his watchful eye, and constantly taught me little tricks, and laughed at my funny little boards - in a good way. His shop also does waveskis, kiteboards, and hosts international shapers from time to time.
I am forever in his debt, and want to say thanks for sharing information, and aloha so selflessly.
Muito obrigado. Eu te devo muito, irmao. Abracao