(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, November 9, 2015

board#086: longboard for me


lingerie-inspired surfboard !

dimensions: 7'2 x 21 x 2 5/8
[completed in March 2015]
Model Valerie

The story: wait a minute... My current longboard number is #011 (click here), all dinged and the colors are fading... But but but I love it so much... wait, I am the shaper... I can just make myself a board whenever I want. It is about time to get a brand new longboard :)

The shape: same shape than the previous board but with a 75 additional board experience in between. 

The artwork: I always super excited to shape a board for myself because I get to pick my very own artwork. Once again, I took my inspiration from my favorite brand, Victoria's Secret. For a very long time I had the fantasy to have some lace laid-in on a surfboard. I shopped around for real lace and I quickly realized that it will add a lot of weight to the board. I then decided to browse the internet to find a lace pattern I could print out on rice paper.  I picked amongst hundreds of different lace patterns (it was like shopping for real fabric) and I bought a high resolution file which I copy and paste to create a long piece of lace. Then, the print-out was glassed on top of my spray-painted surfboard.

The testimonial: I din't want to change a thing about my new longboard as I loved the previous one so much. I corrected the imperfections of #011 with my acquired experience. Definitely my favorite shape personally.  It is also the favorite shape of many of my customers (one new customer even stopped me in the parking lot and ordered one on the spot!).  This board is so popular that it became a demo board. Feel free to borrow it whenever you would like to experience the thrill of the Valerie model! 










3 comments:

  1. Omg! Words fail me. That is such a lovely board- the patterns, the colour & it's a longboard!! You are so talented! Love it & I will take it out next time I come over 😊

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    1. It is so waiting for you Bron! This is The Ultimate Beacons Board. Please come back soon!!!! We miss you guys.

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