mark cum­mins eye shapes

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What made you want to be­come a surf­board shaper? Shapers get all the glory ha ha, it takes a team of crafts­men to cre­ate a real gem of a board. The glasser and san­der al­ways get for­got­ten, no glory. So I shape, glass and sand all my boards, qual­ity con­trol and I can share the glory.

Best thing about be­ing a shaper? Watch­ing peo­ple get­ting

stoked rid­ing your boards.

Worst thing about be­ing a shaper? Flat out dur­ing sum­mer when you re­ally just want to go the beach. You need to or­der your boards dur­ing win­ter peo­ple, thanks.

Who in­spires your shap­ing? Surfer? Well its gotta be Kelly, he pushes where a board can go; Cloud­break and ev­ery­one’s pulling out there 8’ guns and he rocks up with a 5’10” or a 6’0”. Out­side the box, love it.

Shaper? Could say this le­gend or that but it’s gotta be the quiet le­gend, Col Lad­ham, that guy’s for­got­ten more about board de­sign than most will ever know. I was lucky enough to work with Col for a time and he re­ally does cut some beau­ti­ful boards, all hand­shaped. Reckon he could shape with the lights off ha ha.

What are you fo­cus­ing on this year as a shaper? Boards that go, I want lighter, faster boards. Get­ting great feed­back from the team guys (Leon San­torik and Matt Ben­nett), which is help­ing de­velop the mod­els. Just be­cause the board goes great doesn’t mean it can’t go bet­ter. 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? It’s great to keep an eye on your vol­ume for sure, as im­por­tant as your other di­men­sions. There are some great cal­cu­la­tors out there now that are pretty ac­cu­rate but it does de­pend on the board you’re hav­ing made, the type of board and the con­di­tions the board is been made for. Have an idea of your vol­ume but that num­ber isn’t the end all be all. With pretty much ev­ery shaper us­ing a com­puter to shape their boards do you

think shapers will ever be­come ir­rel­e­vant in the fu­ture? The shap­ing ma­chines are a great tool for sure, not only can you cut ex­actly what you are af­ter but you can re cut ex­actly the same time af­ter time, so for the surfer that loved that board the hon­ey­moon ain’t over. As for the end of the shaper, it’s the knowl­edge go­ing into the shape that counts whether it’s hand­shaped or cre­ated on soft­ware and fin­ish shaped by hand.

What board should ev­ery surfer have in their quiver? An Eye­shapes ha ha, it was worth a go. The most pop­u­lar boards by far are the slightly shorter, slightly wider, still keep­ing your vol­ume, slightly fuller out lines. Boards that can be surfed 2’ to over­head and back again, just great all-rounder’s, yes they are avail­able.

Who’s the fu­ture of NZ surf­ing? It’s all go at the Mount, young Kehu is go­ing great and so are the Rir­inui broth­ers Lee and James. Also Maaia Reid-Ben­nett is look­ing good for the girls. NZ look­ing good. Watch this space world.

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