[completed in July 2015]
The story: Simon is a longboard passionate in the South West of France. He is also a character! He knows everyone there, surfers and shapers and that is how we connected through social media and common friends. Simon is a competitive longboarder who is very particular about his boards. After some hesitations, he finally decided to give me a chance to shape him a noserider.
The shape: Simon wanted a “traditional Californian noserider”. He sent me the picture of a Colin Noserider he particularly liked and I worked with him from this, adapting volumes/dimensions to his preferences. The shape was done at SWOP surfboards (Canejan, France)
The artwork: Simon’s choice: Green. With a stripe. Simple but classy.
The glass was nicely done by a common friend and talented glasser, Sebastien “The Chacal”. I met Seb a long time ago when he and his family were living in San Diego. His wife and I expected our first child together. Lots of memories!! It was so unreal to reconnect with him after all those years. Seb was so quick working on Simon’s board that I got to see the glassed board before I headed back to California. That was probably the fasted turn around time for a noserider!!!
The testimonial: Even though I could have remove a little more foam (according to Simon), this board is still in Simon’s actual quiver and another board is scheduled for my 2016 french trip.