(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 220th 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

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Board #016: egg for Tracy

Dimensions: 7'6 x 21 3/4 x 2 3/4
[Completed in November 2012]
Vitamin Sea model

I have known my friend Tracy for years. We cross path several times a year, usually surfing the same break. She is a really really good surfer. In fact, you know her too... She is the girl who inspired the silhouette on the surfer girl crossing sign (yellow sign). Cool, isn't it?

 Last time we met in the line-up she expressed her interest in having a board shaped by me. When we met for the "debriefing" she had a very precise idea about her dream board and that is why I invited her to visit me in the shaping room while the board was in progress. She mentioned a couple of things she wanted me to change, which I did, "live,  in front of her. It was the first time ever I let someone in the shaping room while shaping! (I get really shy and goofy when somebody is observing me :)) But it was pretty cool that she was able to witness the nose of her board getting rounder, as she was actually picturing it in her head. I also removed a bit of volume here and there.

We also worked together on the design. She actually sent me a sketch of what she would like (it is a first too!).  She insisted on a teal color for the background with large purple orchids. I loved the idea!!!

The board was glassed at Global Glassing with a semi-gloss finish. Special thanks to Marty, owner of Artic Foam for recommending The perfect blank with The perfect rocker! 

Again,  I wish I could keep this board but it is now Tracy's. My heart melted when I saw Tracy's huge smile when she came to pick it up today! I can't wait to hear some feed-back from her. She promised I could try it next time we go surfing together. See you soon Tracy!

board#016 with new owner, Tracy
love at first sight
Tracy and fiance, Bruno

When not surfed, board#16 makes a great house decoration :)

yep, that is Tracy on the sign! so cool...
12/10/12 update: here is the text I got from Tracy:
"I surfed until it was pitch dark! Didn't want to get out of the water. Even though the waves were small I was able to catch them easily. Can't wait for a decent day and test again. The board carries a little heavy, but could be from thickness or type of foam used? Super fun!"

12/12/12 update: new text from Tracy:
"Surfed again till dark! This time in P.B. Bit bigger, maybe 1-2', haha, but has nice speed,could not make it around all sections but I think its due to wave size. I had a little ripper kid see a wave I caught and he gave me a big hoot and a 10 score, so funny"


  1. Oh!!!! I love that board!!! Not just because it's the same color as Mo.. I like the nose too!!
    Looks like a fun board!... Can't wait to hear feedback... I been trying other boards for fun... But I have to say I LOVE my Mo... No other board compares!!
    Mere Made surf boards rock!!!

    1. Hi Michelle! I knew you would comment on the color :) I did the same mix as for Mo (green with a bit a of blue and a lot of white). But the most abundant ingredient in my boards is LOVE! I put all my heart in shaping for my friends. It feels great to have positive feed-back. Thanks for loving your Mo and for saying it out loud :)

  2. awesome job!!! that looks like a beautiful board!!!! gotta love getting boards right around the holidays. they make the holidays that much more special in my heart :D

    keep the great work up surfmama!!

    1. Thank you very much KK. I agree: new boards should be a Chritsmas stocking item:) I hope Santa will bring you whatever you wish for this year and lots of good waves. Aloha.