(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, November 23, 2013

board#031: shortboard for Vincent

Dimensions: 5'7 x 18 x 2 1/8
[completed in October 2013]

The story: Vincent is my husband. He competes and surfs every single day. He wants a new board every 3 months. End of the story.

The shape:  Vincent really liked his short short board I shaped him last time (see here). However, with the winter swells on the way (hopefully), he wanted a "tiny bit longer and narrower". He picked a template on this very cool website called Blending Curves which provide free downloadable templates for all kind of shapes. I shaped it under close supervision of the future rider i.e. him opening the shaping room door every 10 min for a quality check ;)

The glassing was done very very light by Global Glassing (Oceanside, CA) with S-Cloth. The board is actually incredibly light. Thank you Johnny!

The artwork: I take full responsibility for that piece. The good thing about shaping for my husband is not the shaping part (see the shaping section above): it is that I have freedom of expression when it comes to the artwork. As you may have noticed from my previous boards I love contrasts and silhouettes. I also like to have the board be part of the artwork: in this case I used the stringer as the pole for the dancer. Also I wanted something quick and easy as Vincent wanted his new board as soon as possible (of course!). Don't ask me why a pole dancer, it is a bit embarrassing to tell ;))

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