steve morris | morris
What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? I was always interested in how things worked so getting into shaping came from surfing.
Best thing about being a shaper? Getting a call from a stoked customer and the people you meet through the process.
Who inspires your shaping? Surfer? I like how Kelly is so into his boards so that’s inspirational I guess?
Surfboard companies are starting to include board volume on their dimensions, do you think it’s a good measurement to base your board choice on and how do you decide what volume board fits you? Volumes definitely the catch phrase right now but it’s great to know what suits and apply that to building a quiver based around volume as a starting point for sure. I think that using the computer helps getting that dialed in. There’s a few formula’s out there, I’ve got a good one which I’m happy to send out. What are the key things a surfer should look at when looking for a new board? Where is it made, what is it made out of and does it suit where you are surfing and your ability. Is it made locally? Try a few out if you can before and figure out what you want the new board to be or do for your surfing. With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards
do you think shapers will ever become irrelevant in the future? The shaper will never be irrelevant; a lot of my boards still come off the planer and I’m constantly updating templates etc and then building computer files to suit. You still have to be able to hand shape to innovate and keep things real, even the big shaping names around the world still know how to use a planer.
What board should every surfer have in their quiver? A small wave groveller which turns average days into fun ones.
Who’s the future of NZ surfing? The everyday surfer who decides what to buy and how much of that thought process involves locally made products. It really is in the hands of the surfers who ultimately will shape the future of surfing in this country both in and out of the water.