(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

Friday, February 23, 2018

board#135: funboard for Gayle

Dimensions: 8'2 x 21 3/4 x 2 7/8
[completed in July 2016]

The story: I know Gayle since our sons went to daycare together at the age of 2 months! Since then we have been randomly crossing paths in our busy lives but always grateful to see each other and to catch up in the line-up. Except that now she rides one of my board :)

The shape: "something fun to ride in any conditions", a fun shape it is! Volume for the paddle-ability and a bit of rocker to permit some rides on steeper waves. 

The artwork: Gayle requested some irradiating rays. Since I had done sideways, I went for a tail origin point for a change.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

board#134: funboard for Brenda

Brenda, the birthday girl, with her present !

Dimensions: 7'7 x 21 3/4 x 2 7/8
[completed in June 2016]

The story: my friend Tracy was looking for a special gift for her sister's birthday. Since she had herself a Mere-Made as a birthday gift (board#116) and one before that (board#016), she pulled the trigger and next thing I know I was doing a surfboard for her sister Brenda. Simple as 1, 2, 3 !

The shape: Brenda is a beginner and we decided for a classic funboard shape with plenty of volume on the nose so that she would enjoy riding the waves right away! 

The artwork: when Brenda came to order her board and discuss artwork she wasn't very decided: teal and her dog's paw prints were in the talk. Then I showed her a piece of rice paper with some delicate black lace on it... She immediately loved the idea. Teal, lace and dog prints (which I made her make real paw prints from her dog and she said it was an awful mess (but the thanked me later :)). I also set her up with a custom logo designed by french plastic artist Sebastien Arcouet. 

The glass was wonderfully executed by Dewi at Tiger Glass.

Brenda and her board

real paw prints from Brenda's dog !!

Dad with his two beautiful daughters

with all the boards I shaped for the family !!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

board#133: shortboard for Lizzy

Lizzy and board#133

Dimensions: 5'8 x 19 7/8 x 2 1/2
[completed in June 2016]
Model V-land

The story: Lizzy contacted me after hearing about my shaping hobby through the Wahine Kai Surfclub in Huntington Beach. It was a delight to meet her as a person. She is beautiful, smart and humble... and very determined to have a woman shape her next surfboard.  I was so proud she picked me!

The board: when Lizzy contacted me by email she expresses the frustration of not being able to paddle in the waves easily. She brought her current board over and with Vincent's help we narrowed down the ideal dimensions fort Lizzy's custom board which would allow her to ride a shortboard without the struggle of getting onto the wave.  Mostly adding volume over all with a fuller nose than the classic performance shortboards.  I didn't forget to add my deep single concave going into double for speed.

The artwork: Lizzy got super lucky that Gauthier Richard, a talented digital designer was staying at my house when I was ready to paint her board. He offered to "sketch" 15 options for her and she just had to pick her favorite.  Thank you Gauthier !

Gauthier Richard (GIRCA) designs fro Lizzy: guess which one she picked...