(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 191th 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, September 12, 2015

board#081: shortboard for Hugues (Keltic Surf Academy 5/5)


dimensions: 6'4 x 20 1/2 x 2 5/8
[completed in january 2015]

The story: Hugues is the last member of the french surf trip for which I shaped a total 5 boards, ready to be surfed when they landed in California (see previous post here). Unlike the others, Hugues requested to talk to me face-to-face despite the 10,000 mmm distance between us (he lives in France). We set-up a Skype session to discuss his board. There were many advantages to live chat with him: the discussion was interactive, more efficient than via messages and therefore I got a more precise vision of what he wanted. The greatest thing was to get to "meet" Hugues "in person" before I start working on his board. While shaping I always think about the recipient of the board and having a face to put on a name makes the experience so different. More personal.

The shape: Hugues was both bot sure about what he wanted and very picky about what he wanted at the same time! Skype was definitely the best option to figure out the shape! We narrowed it down to an hybrid shortboard /egg with volume, flat deck, round tail, deep concave. Easy to paddle with shortboard reactivity kind of board. I mixed templates to create Hugues' shape.

The artwork: Hugues sent me few ideas which were to labor intensive for the limited amount of time I had before the surf trip team arrives. I directed him towards the simplest pattern he had picked. Simple doesn't mean cool :)

The testimonial: unfortunately Hugues had to cancel his trip to California. I could not meet him. His fellows brought back the board to Brittany. He gets to surf it there! see the picture he sent me below.








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