(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 28, 2014

board#045: egg for Dawn

Dimensions: 7'4 x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4
[completed in April 2014]
Vitamin Sea model

The story: Last Christmas I was in charge of making a surprise gift from Sean to his lovely girlfriend Marcie: her first surfboard ever was a custom Mere-Made (click here for the full story)! This time, it was Christophe who ordered a birthday gift for his wife Dawn. Because she surfs already,  he couldn't make it a real surprise and she picked the shape and the artwork.

The shape: Dawn wanted an everyday board, meaning something she could ride in any conditions. She picked the Vitamin Sea model previously created for Tracy. I love shaping those boards with generous volumes. They feel like a lot fun in the shaping bay already!

The artwork: Dawn sent me a picture of a board with an artwork she liked. It had flames on it but she wanted different colors. I thought it would be a piece of cake but it was actually a nightmare to spray paint two touching colors on curvy motifs like flames. I spent hours on curvy masking on foam! This board is a perfect example of a "25-75er": 25% of my labor time was spent on the shaping for 75% on the painting! 

my daughter thought it was wise to put this fire out!


  1. Board looks super fun. An egg with lots of volume is perfect for these summer waves, especially at a point break. Nice flames! Looks like the quality time spent painting them paid off.

    1. Thanks Donny!!! I hope we can surf together again sometime … with the whole Blogger crew :)