vishnu lalla | the surfboard factory
What made you want to become a surfboard shaper? I became a shaper because I’d been glassing and sanding boards for 12 years, it was a natural progression.
Best thing about being a shaper? Seeing people enjoy boards I have designed and shaped.
Who inspires your shaping? Surfer? Dane Renyolds Shaper? Al Merrick, Ralph Blake (RJB) 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 should be one of the measurements when designing a new board, however too many surfers are reading recommendations off the internet that rate from beginner to advanced and are based on weight and skill level but fail to include other important factors like height, fitness level, injury and age.
What are the key things a surfer should look at when looking for a new board? The length, width, thickness, volume, design, eg fish, surfers ability, conditions that you surf in and what will suit your ability. NZ boards for NZ waves! With pretty much every shaper using a computer to shape their boards do you think shapers will
ever become irrelevant in the future? I don’t think shapers will become irrelevant. Part of getting a new board is discussion and throwing ideas around with your shaper. Remember the person operating the computer has to know what they are doing; it’s a huge skill in itself. What board should every surfer have in their quiver? An all rounder like the Predator 6’2 squashed nose.
Who’s the future of NZ surfing? My boys!!