(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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

board#146: egg for Chris

Chris and his pink board :)

Dimensions: 7'2 x 22 2 7/8
[completed on November 2016]
Model Vortex

The story: Chris is an old friend of mine who ordered his first Mere-Made in the very early days of my shaping adventure with the number 013 [board#013]. When he was ready for his second Mere-Made board, I had 133 more hand-shaped board in my CV!!!  Always a great pleasure to shape for my dear friends!

The shape: Chris wanted one of those popular pintail shapes we see a lot around in SoCal. I based my shape on one of Mandala board (Avocet) and was not shy to ask him, the shaper of Mandala himself, for shaping tips in the line-up (since Manuel and I share the same home-spot).

The artwork: a burgundy resin tint over a tiki mask was the goal. The tiki was spot on, the color of the resin tit turned out more pink than red... I offered Chris to sell the board in store and remake another one since the color was not matching his vision. But Chris is an amazing human being and he said it was just happy with what he got. 

(Glass by Tiger G glassing)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

board#145: keel fish for Nick

Dimensions: 5'9 x 21 x 2 5/8
[completed in September 2016]
model V-bomb

The story: I shaped a couple of boards for Nick's family (board#024 and board#021 ). This order was in for a second keel fish for Nick.

The shape: I used that template I used for all my retro fish. Round generous rails. Flat bottom. A traditional keel fish !

The artwork: Nick gave me the freedom to create anything that would be simple to execute since he was not particularly set on any color or design. I tried that tri color fading (dark blue to lighter blue to white). 
Glass by Tiger G glassing.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

board#144: shortboard for Nicolas

Nicolas and his shortboard

Dimensions: 6'6 x 21 x 2 9/16
[completed on November 2016]

The story: Nicolas is a long time friend who is french and who surfs. Therefore 3 good reasons to get his Mere-Made surfboard! Connie, his adorable wife, contacted me to organize a "surprise" for a christmas gift. But like any "surprise" board, it is essential to get in touch with the rider in order to make sure to get the right dimensions. It was ready for Christmas though!

The shape: Nicolas is a Swamis aficionado who usually rides a longboard or a voluminous fish. This board was to complete his quiver with shortboard for bigger wave size. Less volume, more rocker! (Still kept some roundness in the rails)

The artwork: Nicolas brought me a beer.... on that bottle there was a pine tree forest that he wanted on his board (he is an outdoor adventurer and a beer lover). I changed up the color a bit and also design the artwork around the pad I would put there (on shortboard, I always make sure there is a place for the pad which will not spoil the artwork). One of my favorite artwork ever !!!