(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, February 14, 2015

"Mere-Made: a documentary" (pre-production trailer)

Last December I was releasing the first Mère-Made commercial produced/realized by professional photographer Eri Morita (click here to watch it).

Today, I am sharing with you the trailer of "Mère-Made: a documentary".
To me, that seems unreal… but a photojournalist named Cody Gless decided to produce a short documentary about my brand. Cody was working for NBC news San Diego when I shaped him a board. As he was very curious about this craft, I invited him to visit the shaping room and, with a big smile on his face, he even helped me to finish the sanding of his own board. 
His first idea was to shoot a story for the local news. But Cody came back to me with bigger plans: a documentary. He started shooting last year. I was impressed by his professionalism/skills. But when I watched the trailer last month I was completely blown away by the quality of the editing. Here it is for you to watch. 
The shooting is still going on for the release of the full version next year. 
PS: the teaser has been submitted to the San Diego Surf Film Festival 2015.

Mere-Made: a Documentary (Trailer) from Cody Gless on Vimeo.


  1. cooooool. great job V!!! i didn't know you wore so many hats. Super passionate vibes flowing through the screen. Love it!

  2. Thanks Klaude! But you know the power of medias LOL :) Cody Gless who is behind the camera/editing did a wonderful job of making my story looks interesting and he should have all the credits.. I hope we can get together sometime soon with the whole SoCal blogger crew… Cheers!!!

  3. I am so blown away by this Valerie! How awesome that you are having a documentary filmed about you! This short trailer looks fantastic and I can't wait to see the full doco! Well deserved, cheers and love to all
    Bron x

    1. Thanks Bron! I hope it will inspire other women to live their dreams cause I am no SuperWoman... If I can do it, everyone can! Love to you and your lovely family!