vishnu lalla | the surf­board fac­tory

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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!!

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