Completed in July 2015 @ SWOP workshop
The story: Like every year, I get the opportunity to sneak into SWOP’s shaping room. This way I can shape few boards for my French compatriots and friends instead of taking relaxing vacation. Just kidding!!! Always a great pleasure to be shaping in France and get more training on my board making skills by Master David Charbonnel (shape) and his Master wife Frederique Seyral (artwork). I can’t thank them enough for their welcome and the great healthy food I am fed during my stay there!
The first board I shaped there was for my brother-in law Xavier. Family comes always first!
The shape: This board is a replica of a Xavier’s “favorite-board-ever” but too beaten to be surfed anymore. I brought the board back to the shaping bay and I shaped something as similar as possible. Always a bonus to have the board with me so I can feel the volumes/rails while shaping.
The artwork: unlike at home where can spend more time on artwork, in France, I have to make sure the boards are ready before I leave. Time on artwork is limited. Xavier asked for an octopus. The reason is because, where he works people ask him to multitask so much that he always says : “I don’t have 8 hands!!! I am NOT an octopus!!!”
This year, the glass was done by Nicolas from the Lacanau Surf Designs team. Great people. Great job!