(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 220th board I'm still considering myself as a novice but I hope to become a master one day... This blog is a virtual portfolio and a diary of my journey in the shaping world. Feel free to leave comments or contact me directly at valerie@meremadesurfboards.com.

Valerie Duprat
-Shaper of Mère-Made Surfboards

Sunday, August 4, 2019

board#159: egg for Jeff

Dimensions: 5'9 x 22 1/4 x 3 1/4
[completed in March 2017]

The story: Jeff has been surfing with my husbands for ages. He has seen many of different Mere-Made boards under his feet... until he finally asked me for one :) I am always stoked to see that my shapes are good enough to convince excellent surfers to get one for themselves !

The shape: Jeff is a big guy who loves charging stormy Swamis. He wanted an eggy shape to get into the heavy surf without compromising the maneuverability. We roamed some surf shops to look for the shape and he left an old board he really liked for me to get inspired. The requirements were round tails with a vee and plenty of volume on the nose. Definitely an usual shape which I really enjoyed making.

The artwork: I was free of creating something that would illustrate Jeff's charging skills. I went for a irradiating red stripes on a black/grey fading. Glassing was done by Tiger Glassing.

board#158: shortboard for Paul

Dimensions: 5'6 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/16
[Completed in February 2017]
Vedette model

The story: Paul who has been supporting my shaping frenzy almost since the beginning is now ordering a performance shortboard after having already 4 Mere-Made surfboards !
board#1: egg  #067
board#2: "The Pill" #091
board#3: shortboard #092
board#4: shortboard #122

The shape: for his 5th board, Paul asked for the every day performance shortboard based on one of my most popular shortboard template, the Vedette. 

The artwork: As usual, Paul nicely gave me full artistic freedom on his artwork (he cares about shape, not much about colors :)). I played with a complex intermingled stripe pattern with 3 colors. I had fun doing it despite the technical difficulty. The color theme was influence by my daughter at the time who just watched Nemo. We jokingly call that board the "Dory" board.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

board#157: egg for Carolyn

My daughter wanted to keep the polka-dot board

Dimensions: 6'9 x 21 1/2 x 3
[completed in February 2017]
Model Vader

The story: my friend Carolyn likes to surf funboard shapes (including one of mine: board #021) but needed a shorter board to fit in a small board bag to travel to Nicaragua... with us ! Indeed the Nicaraguan domestic airline Sanza we had to take to reach our destination has very limited "cargo" space and even weights passagers (with their backpacks :)). Making that board for Carolyn was preparing for adventure!

The shape: the goal was to compact the volume that Carolyn is used to surf into a smaller board, keeping all the paddling ability. The other requirement was to keep some rocker for the late drops into steep nicaraguan waves.

The artwork: Since Carolyn is professional flamenco dancer, it was easy to go for the traditional polka-dot pattern that is seen on all the beautiful flamenco dresses. The pattern was printed on rice paper by Boardlams and laid in by my glasser, Tiger Glassing who added a classy pinline.

a bit anxious before the plane ride

The polkadot board being downloaded from the Sanza plane !

Carolyn and I 

Carolyn in action 

Oceana also likes the board 

Oceana stoked on the inside

Carolyn and her family <3