(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 161th 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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

board#132: shortboard for Lucie

Dimensions: 6'1 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2
[completed in May 2016]
Model Vader

The story: Lucie is family to me. I have watched her grow since pre-school where we met her parents. With a dad surfer/SUPer/windsurfer/kitesurfer/hydrofoiler (no, her dad is not Laird Hamilton :)), it was a matter of time before she started surfing. After that, it was a matter of time before she gets a Mere-Made surfboard. I was so happy to get to make her first custom surfboard!

The shape: basically my shortboard since Lucie surfed it quite a bit and loved it.

The artwork: Lucie sketched the artwork and the whole her dad and sister, Roxanne came for an afternoon of taping and painting. It was also a geometry lesson by Lucie's dad about how to make perfect ellipse.

Lucie, Roxanne and Dad untaping the ellipse


board#131: shortboard for Laura

Laura and board#131

Dimensions: 6'5 x 21 3/4 x 2 3/4
[completed in June 2016]

The story: Laura is an active member of the Wahine Kai Surf Club in Huntington. This is how we met and how I shaped her a mini-malibu [board#118] few months before. I was so stoked she returned to me for a second board!

The shape: Laura came to me with her old shortboard which she loved. I copied the outline and modified a couple of dimensions to make her new one more adjusted to her improved surf skills. I also added my favorite deep single to double concave. I just love shaping shortboards!

The artwork: Laura pointed me towards a design I made for my team rider Nicole [board#098]. Same color scheme with wavy patterns. A nightmare to execute but very much worth it!

The testimonial: to hear what Laura has to say about her board, check out the video interview :)

board#130: noserider for Ashley

Dimensions: 9'2 x 22 x 2 5/8
[completed in June 2016]
Model Velzy

The story: Ashley contacted me via email. No common friends. She was looking for her next board, tailored for her by a local female shaper. She found me and I was glad she did since shaping for surfer girls is why I got into that "business" for ! To share the stoke with my fellow surf mates !

The shape: A traditional noserider, square tail, single fin... perfect for her local californian breaks! It was the longest board I ever shaped in my shaping room : 9'2 !!! I had to use some energy to turn the board around to make sure the part I was shaping was always in the right lights. Some parts I had to shape the door opened!

The artwork: I had to challenge my poor drawing skills to pull off a hand painted ocean kelp design. A lot of work but it is so gratifying to hand off a board which was both hand-shaped AND hand-painted!