(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

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My boards inspire... poetry!


enjoying my polka-dot board


I make custom surfboards. Custom means specially shaped for the rider's needs but it also means a unique personal design. I want my boards to stand out in the line up by their originality. My own board is very unique: 
- first of all, it is the first board I shaped for myself.
- second of all, it is signed by Linda Benson. 
- And finally, it has very distinct white on blue polka-dots on the deck which gives it a lot of visibility in the line-up. (more about this board here)

I get a lot of comments on this board but my favorite comes from my friend Jeff with who I surf a lot. He has many talents including... poetry! He jokes all the time about my polka-dot board and even renamed me "The Polka-Dot Queen"!
Yesterday he sent me this beautiful poem he wrote about my blue polka-dots:

Linda's autograph surrounded by polka-dots

"Consciousness of the Blue Polka-dot..." by Jeffrey Sholk

Large Polka-dot...blot out the sun
Like a giant typhoon rise up...
Make a wall between me and the sun...

Small polka-dot...Infinitely...Invisible...
smaller then the smallest particle...
hovering in...existence...N...non-existence...

Be the uncarved block...
Be the modern primitivist...
Be what you are...
Beam from within (small polka-dot)...and beyond (large polka-dot)...

Thank you Jeff! Do you mind if I call you "The Surfing Poet" from now on?

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