steve hamlyn | primal
What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? I love playing around with different ideas and the design process has always interested me.
Best thing about being a shaper? Making your friends a board they are stoked on and always riding new boards.
Who inspires your shaping? Top pros pushing the performance level, and people trying new things, get me inspired. Tom Curren rode a fish back when everyone was on thin, relatively long, highly rockered boards, and now you can see elements of the fish in a majority of modern shortboards. I wouldn’t be surprised if what Derek Hynd is doing now with his finless boards filters down in the future.
What are you focusing on this year as a shaper? What’s exciting me at the moment is tweaking the board area and volume distribution to get different flex and hold characteristics.
With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards do
you think shapers will ever become irrelevant in the future? It’s all about the design in my opinion, the computer is just a tool, whether you hand shape a board or a machine shapes it is irrelevant.
What board should every surfer have in their quiver? In New Zealand a short, wide, low rockered board for sure to make those small fat days fun. Everyone seems to have one though, how about a standard shortboard? Or a gun? they seem like endangered species these days. Don’t forget about them, they have their merits.
Who’s the future of NZ surfing? I’m paraphrasing Danny Wills here - grommets are the future, I’ll go with that. Go the groms!!