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What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? I always loved to try and make things and fix stuff. It was only natural for me to want to fix my own board and then try making one. Long story short - after making one in my high school years I was hooked and knew that it was all I wanted to do.
Best thing about being a shaper? I enjoy being my own boss - I get to surf and see my family more than most people so I’m grateful and blessed for that. I also love to create and enjoy dealing with people.
Worst thing about being a shaper? Dust. There’s not really that much but it gets everywhere, even in my socks somehow. 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 important because you could have 10 surfboards with the same dimensions but they can all be so different in float and foam distribution.
We have a volume guide on our website to help everyone with it. What are the key things a surfer should look at when looking for a new board? Talking with a shaper. Look at the boards you already ride and think about what you are lacking and what you want more or less of e.g. more paddle, more speed or more control etc. With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards do you think shapers will ever become irrelevant in the fu
ture? Never, because a computer is really just a new shaping tool/design tool for a shaper. It takes years and years of hard work and skill development to learn how to make (design) a surfboard work well and look good. I think it is very important to know how to hand shape surfboards before using the design software. What board should every surfer have in their quiver? THE FREESURF Who’s the future of NZ surfing? Sean Kettle