HANDMADE | A Tribute To DIY Shaping feat. the World's Best Surfer/Shapers | SURFER

HANDMADE | A Tribute To DIY Shaping feat. the World's Best Surfer/Shapers | SURFER



For most of us, there’s a lot of guesswork that goes into picking our surfboards. We’re drawn to certain curves, edges, channels, tail shapes that remind us of something that worked for us before, or spark our curiosity about what could work for us the next time we paddle out. But nothing cuts down the guesswork and helps us really understand the dynamics of what’s going on underfoot like making a board yourself. Sure, the first, second, maybe even 134th board you make might not be as pretty as something you could pull off the rack of a surf shop, but it surely teaches you a lot more, and connects you more deeply to your surfing.

Last fall, we rallied some of our favorite surfers who make and ride their own sticks, put them in an improvised shaping bay together (a barn in Northern California) and documented them tearing into foam. Between passes with the planer, we asked them for their take on self-shaping boards, what it teaches you and how it can come to define your relationship with surfing. It was enlightening, and also a hell of a lot of fun.

After six days, a dozen blanks, many beers and one destroyed Mickey Mouse piñata, the crew had a handful of beautiful new surfcraft to try, which they did, in waves all over the world. “Handmade” is a tribute to surfing’s DIYers, and a celebration of the connection between surfers and their surfcraft, from the shaping bay to the lineup.

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30 thoughts on “HANDMADE | A Tribute To DIY Shaping feat. the World's Best Surfer/Shapers | SURFER

  1. awesome place !!!!! (min 23) my beloved backyard mainland mexico puerto power!!!! fiiiit yaaaahhh!!!

  2. Lungs are more valuable than masks boys…i know you don't shape all the time but that shit sticks in your lungs and eyes. Your body tho.

  3. Hey Surfer! Thank you for taking the time and putting the effort into making a mini documentary like this. It´s too rare these days to find a piece that gives you both beautiful surfing and the thoughts of the surfers/shapers that´s involved and al of this, unhurriedly, without stress, without all the compromises that comes with the shorter format that we´re all so accustomed to through media outlets like instagram etc. And with that said this lovely piece could be even longer. But hey, that´s not critique, but encouragement. Thanks / a stoked Swede in Thailand.

  4. First board I shaped ended up being an unintentional asymmetrical in the nose, 6’0 single fin, round pin.

  5. Disappointing…. come on guys if you’re gonna shape your own board why don’t you glass it yourself too? The journey only continues with the glass job.

  6. Skip Frye is one of the best, iconic shapers in the San Diego/SoCal area. Unfortunately, he hasn't shaped commercially for some time now. I remember, in the 60's my Dad got orders to Hawaii. And one of my uncles knew Don Hansen up in North County, Encinitas. So, we drove up there and he agreed to shape a couple of boards for us. They were awesome long boards with fixed fins. Eventually, through years of moving all over the place, 14 times by the time I turned 18, those boards were left behind. One of the worst decisions our family ever made…

  7. I get what you guys do to a degree. You are really good at it to. But so many guys go way to far!! Way to far!!! Rocker this concave that. Twin quad thruster flyers channels reverse concave blah blah blah. I learnt to surf on a modified farm gate 30 years ago. I have surfed some weird stuff in between and now I surf a 6'8" panel of a caravan. I get barelled and do nice turns just as good as you lot. Before I'm done I'd like to surf a modified pool table.. god bless

  8. Nice time capsule of hand shaping Surfboards. Learning by doing the work is the only way. I appreciate the art and process more than ever🗝 I have been hand shaping surfboards since 1993. Well done guys 👍🏾🎨

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