(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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

board#133: shortboard for Lizzy

Lizzy and board#133

Dimensions: 5'8 x 19 7/8 x 2 1/2
[completed in June 2016]
Model V-land

The story: Lizzy contacted me after hearing about my shaping hobby through the Wahine Kai Surfclub in Huntington Beach. It was a delight to meet her as a person. She is beautiful, smart and humble... and very determined to have a woman shape her next surfboard.  I was so proud she picked me!

The board: when Lizzy contacted me by email she expresses the frustration of not being able to paddle in the waves easily. She brought her current board over and with Vincent's help we narrowed down the ideal dimensions fort Lizzy's custom board which would allow her to ride a shortboard without the struggle of getting onto the wave.  Mostly adding volume over all with a fuller nose than the classic performance shortboards.  I didn't forget to add my deep single concave going into double for speed.

The artwork: Lizzy got super lucky that Gauthier Richard, a talented digital designer was staying at my house when I was ready to paint her board. He offered to "sketch" 15 options for her and she just had to pick her favorite.  Thank you Gauthier !

Gauthier Richard (GIRCA) designs fro Lizzy: guess which one she picked...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

board#132: shortboard for Lucie

Dimensions: 6'1 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2
[completed in May 2016]
Model Vader

The story: Lucie is family to me. I have watched her grow since pre-school where we met her parents. With a dad surfer/SUPer/windsurfer/kitesurfer/hydrofoiler (no, her dad is not Laird Hamilton :)), it was a matter of time before she started surfing. After that, it was a matter of time before she gets a Mere-Made surfboard. I was so happy to get to make her first custom surfboard!

The shape: basically my shortboard since Lucie surfed it quite a bit and loved it.

The artwork: Lucie sketched the artwork and the whole her dad and sister, Roxanne came for an afternoon of taping and painting. It was also a geometry lesson by Lucie's dad about how to make perfect ellipse.

Lucie, Roxanne and Dad untaping the ellipse


board#131: shortboard for Laura

Laura and board#131

Dimensions: 6'5 x 21 3/4 x 2 3/4
[completed in June 2016]

The story: Laura is an active member of the Wahine Kai Surf Club in Huntington. This is how we met and how I shaped her a mini-malibu [board#118] few months before. I was so stoked she returned to me for a second board!

The shape: Laura came to me with her old shortboard which she loved. I copied the outline and modified a couple of dimensions to make her new one more adjusted to her improved surf skills. I also added my favorite deep single to double concave. I just love shaping shortboards!

The artwork: Laura pointed me towards a design I made for my team rider Nicole [board#098]. Same color scheme with wavy patterns. A nightmare to execute but very much worth it!

The testimonial: to hear what Laura has to say about her board, check out the video interview :)