(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

Friday, January 30, 2015

board#064: shortboard for Owen

Dimensions: 5'8 x 19 x 2 1/8
[completed in September 2014]
Model V-epic

The story: Owen is the person responsible for the little (™) next to my logo… Yes. Owen is the lawyer who trade-marked Mère-Made Surfboards (and apparels!). Big deal in Mère-Made history. As a side note he is also working of for the ASP. Another big deal as he got us VIP passes for the last Trestle Pro! I was stoked when he asked for his own board with little mermaid logo on it ;)

The shape: Owen and Vincent (my technical advisor/customer support) discussed a short board shape that would allows Owen to transition towards performance shortboards (thin, short, fast) for the local fast breaks. I used the V-epic template which is one of my most popular shape.

The artwork: except for the red blade, I had no particular instructions from Owen. I took the liberty to add some steel-like plates as I was super excited to try a new Montana can of metallic paint. The screws were painted manually with a home-made stamp and a toothpick! It sounds painful but I had a lot much fun doing it, actually.

glass by Global Glassing!


  1. looks pretty cool! that paint job of metal plates + screws looks real as hell... must have been labor intensive?

    1. Happy that you liked the metal plates Klaude. They are actually very easy to paint. Here I'll share the secret with you: I used a special silver metal paint to make the squares, the eraser on top of a pencil to stamp the screw shapes and a toothpick to draw the screw details. Easy. :)