(Photo: Laurent Chantegros)
I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 161th board I'm still considering myself as a novice but I hope to become a master one day... This blog is a virtual portfolio and a diary of my journey in the shaping world. Feel free to leave comments or contact me directly at valerie@meremadesurfboards.com.



Valerie Duprat
-Shaper of Mère-Made Surfboards

Friday, September 8, 2017

board#128: shortboard for nobody

[completed in May 2017]
Sold at Encinitas Surfboards, Encinitas CA

The story: I always have half shaped blanks sitting in the corner of my shaping room because either I messed up a dimension for a customer or I was just shaping for an video/photoshoot. And sometimes I find the time to finish them for fun and also to free some space in my tiny shaping room (no way I am trashing a blank!).

The shape: Board #128 is an example of a messed-up board. The rocker was not right (too flat) on the original board but by changing the outline/size, I was able to "rescue" the blank and create a ridable surfboard. This is actually a very interesting and challenging exercise to blend in a new shape that would correct the "defect". I learn a lot by doing that shape transformation.

The artwork: Easy and Meremady as it can be :) (I can paint as much as stripes as I want !)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

board#129: shortboard for Vincent

Dimensions: 5'7 x 18 1'8 x 2 1/16
[completed in April 2016]
Model Ventura

The story: while my husband was in Nicaragua, having the time of his life with his friends, I thought it would be a good time to shape him a new board. Just in case he would not want to come back home from his surf paradise :))))

The shape: he just snapped in half a board that Axel Lorentz shaped for him when he came to California. He mentioned he really liked it. I thought I would just try to replicate it (I still had the broken pieces to figure out the shape!)

The artwork: the good think about surprise board is that I can't ask for the owner's opinion. Therefore I can just follow my own ideas, still thinking about the recipient. I went for discrete dark blue/black stripes which end-up making a V pattern... for Vincent, of course!

The testimonial: This is Vincent's go-to board when the swell is above 6 foot.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

board#127: egg for Gauthier

Dimensions: 5'2 x 21 x 2 3/8
[completed in April 2016]
Model Viloute

The story: Gauthier is also a French expat who lives with his american family in San Francisco. He first contacted me to shape his wife a noserider (see Kendra's board here). But while we were arranging for that order, he decided to order himself an egg. Since they were coming from SF to pick-up a board, why not picking up two :)

The shape: If you know the Bean Bag from Lost, then you have an idea of which shape I used as a reference. Gauthier really liked that kind of shape and sent me a video explaining the characteristics of this board.  From there we worked together (through SKYPE sessions) to make sure we get the volumes/dimensions right for him. It took me two tries to make it as the first board was a bit too thin. I never hesitate to go back to the blank store and start from zero if I don't meet expectations. 

The artwork: Gauthier is a mastermind of design and he sent me a file showing exactly what he wanted. Mainly a 3 color fading design ! Unfortunately, I am not an paint expert so I did my best (like for the shape, I went back a second round) to make sure I go as close as possible to Gauthier's expectations... The result was slightly different than the original idea (colors were darker) but still surfs very well ... since I witnessed him taking his first waves on it :)

artwork sent by Gauthier

Gauthier's first wave at my home spot :)