(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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

board#024: retro fish for Nick

[completed in July 2013]

The story: Nick is Carolyn's husband. Carolyn just got her Mere-Made Surfboard last spring. Two Mere-Made surfboards in their quiver. That is all I want to say!!!! More seriously, having returning customers means the world to me.
Nick had a Larry Mabile fish that he loved. One day he came to surf with it but the tail was showing a bad injury (and a pretty bad repair job :)). He decided to have this board replicated and trusted me on that. Thanks Nick!

The shape: I had my eyes (and hands!) on Nick's old board the whole time as it was sitting in the shaping room as the reference. Even though it was my first time making wings, the shaping part was effortless. I was done in less than 3 hours! Maybe it was because it was my second Larry Mabile replicate. Or maybe because I just had a training with shape mentor  and I applied all the new tricks I just learnt. Whaterver the reason, it felt very good!

The artwork: Nick sent me a pdf file one day. It was a very high resolution scan of a 1898 map of our coastline (stretching from Carlsbad to Del Mar). That is what he wanted on his board. Now it was my job to make his wish come true. My only option was to print that map on rice paper and John from Boardlams.com delivered a great product as usual! He also printed my very first white Mere-Made logo  which landed on the bottom of this board. Then I convinced Nick to go for an opaque resin tint on the bottom. The glassing was done at Bing. All together, the board was the most expensive one I ever done but it was worth it (I think :)): Nick was blown away by the result. I was also very pleased of the final product: I worked not only on the shaping part but also coordinated all the combined effort (printing/glassing) to make sure that Nick gets a board he will be proud of. 

Nick, unwrapping board#026


first white Mere-Made logo ever!!!!

old toy vs new toy

very high quality print out
by Boardlams.com

locating our favorite break on the map :)
Shhhhh it is a secret spot!!!!


  1. awesome board!! looks so classy Valerie.

    What are the dimensions?

    1. Good question KK... Euh... the truth is that I forgot to take note of the dimensions :( opus... but thanks for checking it out ! I was bumped you could not make it to the Boardroom last week-end ... See you soon

    2. indeed, see you soon! I recently injured my left shoulder (again) and so I'm starting physical therapy... i hope to be back in the water soon though!!

    3. Valerie, want to say thanks again for the board. I love it. Look forward to you shaping another board for me in the future. Enjoy your time in France. Happy Holidays to you and the family.