harry hands | raw surf
What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? Wanting to make my own board and surf something I’d made was pretty appealing.
Best thing about being a shaper? Making something with your own hands and seeing it come to life. Putting a massive grin on peoples faces is a big one too.
Worst thing about being a shaper? Toxic chemicals, waste product and everyone wanting their boards finished when the swell is pumping.
Who inspires your shaping? Surfer? The average Joe and Joe’ette that’s stoked off their ride, doesn’t drop in and is out there rain, shine or hail.
What are you focusing on this year as a shaper? Cutting down on waste materials and continuing to lower the amount of bad stuff that goes into a board and finding ways to improve the toxic side of our sport. 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? Volume is a factor for sure. One of the key things for most of us is paddle power, and quite simply a bit more float in your boat equals catching more waves.
What are the key things a surfer should look at when looking for a new board? Figure out what you want to do on a wave, what kind of surfing you want to do and really enjoy….and be honest about it. Sure we’d like to smash it like the pro’s but sometimes their boards may not be the best match to ability. Highly recommend opening up to new things, try out as many different boards as you can, enjoy the slide and pick the one that’s most fun. With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards do you think shapers will ever become irrelevant in the future? Someone still needs to knock out the prototype and actually understand what all the shapes, curves and numbers actually mean and do. Like with most things you need a balance, hands on knowledge vs efficiency.
Who’s the future of NZ surfing? The groms, keep the frothers frothing!