(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 205th 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

Friday, July 27, 2018

board#142: fish for Mark

Dimensions: (to be updated soon)
[completed in November 2016]

The story: board#009, board#32, board#50 (broken), board#73 and board#108 is how many Mere-Made boards Mark owns ! Board#142 is just the 6th board I make for Mark (and not the last). I think Mark is a Mere-Made surfboard collector :)

The shape: the first board I shaped for Mark was a classic keel fish (board#009).  A couple of years later, after seeing a shape video describing a more "performance" keel fish shape, including a concave (not usual on a keel fish) and narrower swallow tail, I locked myself in the shaping room to make Mark's new board. It was also gratifying to see the improvement I made in time of execution and precisions on those two fish.

The artwork: Mark asked for a resin tint which was executed by my glasser, Dewi from Tiger glassing! The color came out a bit stronger than expected but it is really hard to match someone's color wish...  But, I truly like the "lime" vibe on that fish (and so does Mark).

Mark with killer keel fish ! :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

board#141: longboard for Rico

untaping board#141 at SWOP Surfboards

Dimensions: (to be published soon)
[completed in August 2016]

The story: I got the shape Rico Leroy a couple of longboards (board#054) before including one shaped in Eric Arakawa's shaping room in Haleiwa (board#119).  Here is one more for my favorite waterman ! 

The shape: the idea was to reproduce the shape from his Haleiwa's board I made for him (and which is stored in Hawaii) so he can have one in France. I worked by memory on this shape, trying to reproduce it without any precise dimensions.

The artwork: Rico's heart is hawaiian and he wanted to honor his culture by adoption. The triangles on the deck are in memory of his friend and surf legend, "Buttons" (Montgomery Kaluhiokalani). The deck displays the hawaiian flag in greyscale. All of this took me countless hours of masking ! But totally worth the sweat ! 

(I shaped the board at SWOP Surfboards' workshop. The glass was done by Nicolas at Lacanau Surf Designs.)

with Nicolas (who glassed the board) and Rico


Sunday, July 1, 2018

board#140: asymmetrical fish at ND Surf workshop (July 2016)


Dimensions: [don't remember]
[completed on: Never]

The story:  In Summer 2016,  I stopped by my friend Nicolas Delors's workshop (ND Surf) located in Bidart (France). The idea was to have fun making a special shape together which would be the opportunity to share experiences and tips. When I arrived early that morning before the heat kicks in, a blank was waiting for me in the ND Surf's shaping room as well as local photographer Cedric Ortiz. He beautifully documented that special shaper collaboration which was made even more special by the visit of my mom (who had never seen me shape before) and longtime friend, past Icon of Foam competitor, and amazingly talented shaper Axel Lorentz. 

The shape: Nicolas and I decided we should pick an unusual shape to have fun with it but also with some technicalities which would make us learn from it.  Before we met we exchanged few ideas by emails and we finally went for a Carl Ekstrom asymmetrical board.  With the limited time we had, the board was partially completed but the goal was not to finish it in details: the goal was to go through all the steps together and have a great time! And that part was fully completed :)

Later, the photographs of this shaping session were used to illustrate an interview in French magazine Hotdogger. Here are a selection of those amazing pictures by Cedric Ortiz (https://www.instagram.com/txipi.artz/)

planning with Nicolas

with my mama <3

with mom


with Master Axel Lorentz

in Hotdogger Magazine !