You’ve probably heard of the boards Kelly Slater is currently riding or the use of CFD on Firewire boards. But tell me, do you actually know what it stands for? What is it going to change? And most importantly, do you know the man behind this surfboard revolution?
Learning with shapers such David Charbonnel, Axel Lorentz and Matt Kinoshita, just to name a few, we can see that the shaping world has welcomed Valerie Duprat with open arms since she has started shaping 7 years ago.
This story is about a passionate guy whose passion is to create, build and surf. João Pedro Carvalho, founder of OAK Surfboards, isn’t just a surfer, he is a shaper, but not of any kind—a wooden surfboard shaper.
Q+A with Stefan, the man behind Aftanas Surfboards, a Tofino-based company that has been around since the start of the Canadian surf industry back in the ’90s. Creator of custom shapes and well-known for his performance shortboards, we could say that no one knows the waves and the conditions of Vancouver Island better than Stefan
The Outside Crowd, an online magazine about Portugal’s surf culture, recently released an interesting video about the local shaper Billy Bento. This is their perspective about Billy with beautiful black and white photos.
''It ends up with what surfing is at the end of the day: appreciating the environment and the way we approach that and what we choose to ride and how we ride it. It’s a lot more about the attitude than just building a board. ''
''I watched my boards being shaped over the years, so I wasn’t that confident, but I was going to give it a try. I got it to work, but it wasn’t that good. Through that you see what you’ve done wrong and you know what you can change. ''
Born and raised in France, Valerie Duprat is a talented shaper and scientist living in Encinitas, California. We've decided to ask her a few questions about shaping, the role of surfing in her life and the obstacles she had to face as a woman.