(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

Monday, May 25, 2015

board#070: longboard for Nicolas

Nicolas & board#070

Dimensions: 8'0 x 22 1/4 x 2 3/4
[completed in November 2014]
Vim model

The story: Nicolas and his wife Natacha are our oldest friends in the US. We met them shortly after we arrived in San Diego in year 2000. We never lost touch since them. Always caring for each other. Nicolas used to shape and glass his own windsurf boards with his dad when he was a teenager. Here in San Diego he occasionally surf when the water permits to trunk it. I was super excited when he asked for a Mere-Made!

The shape: Nicolas sent me the dimensions of his current board with the instructions of going smaller. I used one of my favorite egg template (the Vim model I created for Laurie, link here) and complied with Nicolas' wishes.

The artwork: I tried really hard to convince his wife, Natacha, a talented artist to paint his board. After a lot of discussion I had to agree that her style (beautiful colorful flowers, see her website here) was not very adapted to a male surfboard. However Natacha is still part of the artwork as it is inspired by her citizenship country: Spain. With the black rails, I painted an Osborne Bull silhouette which served as advertisement board on the major roads of Spain. I remembered those from when I traveled with my family Spain and I thought it would ring the bell of people who went there too. Also Nicolas specially requested that the toro should "display" its male attributes. Men…


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  2. I found this post very exciting. I think you will have any other post
    on this topic? I am also sending it to my friend to enjoy your working
    style. Cheers!