Dom Sul­li­van The Self Shaper

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“I first started shap­ing about seven years ago, learn­ing from friends. Although it can be quite soli­tary I fell in love with the con­ver­sa­tions and in­ter­ac­tions I had in the shap­ing bay, both with my­self and oth­ers.”

“This one is pretty heav­ily in­flu­enced by a late 60s/70s de­sign I saw in ‘Fan­tas­tic Plas­tic Ma­chine’. Wide point back, rolled and a ton of Vee. A mid-length tran­si­tion out of a long board. I think there is def­i­nitely a lost era in board de­sign when surf­boards went from long to short. There is def­i­nitely func­tion in a mid-length.”

“The first boards you make you’re just happy to be sit­ting out the back on some­thing you have made, and then it builds from there.”

“You’ve got to be a sponge in re­gards to shap­ing, every­body has dif­fer­ent meth­ods and teach­ings. It’s cool to work and learn from dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Bryce Young is an old friend, and I al­ways cher­ish time and knowl­edge I’m lucky enough to get from him and his Old Man.”

“Shap­ing your own boards is not for ev­ery­one, but it’s such an eas­ily mea­sured learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It feels good to suck at some­thing and watch your­self grow and learn. Even if it’s just to find a new re­spect for your lo­cal shaper or pa­tience in your­self. It’s med­i­ta­tive!”

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