(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 191th 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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

board#139: shortboard for Vatea

with glasser Nico and Rico Leroy (board before glassing in the front)

Dimensions: 5'4 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/8
[completed in August 2016]
Model Versatile

The story: Vatea ("Vatou") is the son of Elodie and Rico, some very close french friends. When we visited them in Hawaii, Vincent left his board there for Vatou (14 year old at the time) who was starting to surf seriously. The same year, when they learn I was visiting Swop Surfboards in France, they asked me to shape another  one of that Versatile model. I was very stoked to shape him his own board !

The shape: he asked for the same shape with few minor adjustments.

The artwork: created by Vatou himself, it features some hawaiian license plates with a triangle pattern that relates to the famous surfer Buttons, a friend of Rico and Elodie who recently passed away.
The glass was done at Lacanau Surf Design by Nicolas.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

board#138: shortboard for Matthieu

Dimensions: 6'0 x 19 7/8 x 2 3/4
Completed in August 2016
Model Volute

The story: in my 2015 trip to France I shaped not one but two longboards (boards#106&107) for competitive french longboarder Matthieu. In 2016, he asked for a shortboard.

The shape: Matthieu was really interested to try my Volute model that have a very curvy fish tail. I originally shaped that model for Tamsen (Click here to see the original version). This is a board was very flat rocker too for better paddling in small to medium conditions. I shaped that board at Swop Surfboard workshop.

The artwork: ALL RED with a simple black pinline! Classy ! The glass was done by Swop Surfboards.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

board#137: noserider for Simon

my first double stringer !

Dimensions: 9'2 x 22 7/8 x 3 1/8
Completed on August 2016

The story: Simon is a classic longboard from France. I shaped him a Californian noserider on the summer 2015 (click here to see board#104). This noserider is the 2016 edition with a Stewart vibe! So stoked to be shaping for excellent longboarders like Simon!

The shape: (at Swop Surfboards workshop) inspired by the Stewart Cali Noserider (Simon's request), I shaped a double stringer blank for the first time. A single stringer is already a hassle to handle but two !!! The finished board is totally worth the additional struggle though.

The artwork: as for his previous Mere-Made surfboard, Simon requested to have the glass job done by a common friend, Seb "The Chacal".  He did a resin-tint. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the finished board :(