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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, May 4, 2013

Mère-Made surfboards ripped and RIP at Fiji

If you don’t know yet, my husband Vincent went for a surftrip in Fiji this month. Despite the fact he went without me (bouhhhhh), I was somehow part of the trip as his whole quiver was Mère-Made surfboards. He represented my brand very well, getting a legit and acclaimed barrel at Cloudbreak (Tavarua). Unfortunately this barrel was not documented but he brought back some awesome water shots which I could not resist to share.  
On a less happy note, one of my favorite boards did not make it back… It was the “Switchfoot board”, autographed by all the band members. It broke in half on a big set, the nose part which had all the signatures, never to be found again.  If wish the fatality was on another board. This one was a collector.
Anyway, I am so thrilled that Mère-Made boards got to surf mythic waves in Fiji. I hope that next time I post about Fiji, I’ll show you some pictures of my boards but with me on top!

Photo credits: STORK PHOTOS (Mark Thompson/storkphoto@hotmail.com)


  1. Val, I mentioned that my husband went on surf trips to the Maldives and Lombok when you were discussing this on your blog. I forgot to mention that he broke boards on both of these trips! What is it with surf trips and broken boards! Bron :)

    1. Hi Bron! Thanks for stopping by on my shaping blog!
      Surf trip stories have to have broken boards in them so that our men can "show off" because it is a way to say: "I surfed HUGE waves" :)))) but it is not helping the total bill of a trip which is already very expensive :((

    2. I think your stockpile of "good wife credits" just increased!! lol B x

  2. Mere Made surfboards travel to exotic surf destinations.. Love it!!
    Bummer about the Switchfoot board!! That should have been hung on a wall!!! :-(