(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, 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 :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

board#126: egg for Mila

Dimensions: 5'2 x 21 x 2 1/2
[completed in June 2016]
Model Viloute

The story: when my husband learnt he would become the godfather of his best-friend to-be-born daughter, Mila, he immediately thought about giving her her first surfboard.  

The shape: for a special occasion, special shape: very round, no edges: baby-proof !!! :) This shape was inspired by the Bean Bag model from Lost to which I added aesthetic channels. So fun to shape except it almost didn't fit on the stand (too short!).

The artwork: also very straight forwards as I ordered a baby pink resin tint from my glasser, Dewi (Tiger Glass) who got the color perfectly. The decorative channels were meant to be filled with more tinted resin and therefore would appear darker. The white logo makes the board even more intended for a baby girl. 

Happy Godfather with happy father...
(France, July 2016)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

board#125: egg for Maylane

Isn't she a beauty? I am talking about Maylane!!!

Dimensions: 6'6 x 21 5/8 x 2 5/8
[completed in September 2016] 
Vintage 17 model

The story: like her twin sister Laurane [see board#102], Maylane fully embraces her new californian lifestyle since her family moved to California two years ago. Therefore she really wants to give surfing a try. This board is her first non-foamy surfboard ! And I was so happy she picked me to shape her first real surfboard!

The shape: since Maylane has to get familiar to her new water activity, I decided to make her an easy to-paddle-in-the-wave board on which she can improve on for some time and also easy to carry under the arm. 

The artwork: It is Maylane's grand-father himself who created the digital artwork for especially for her. It features edelweiss' flowers which symbolize Switzerland (Maylane's country) intermingled with hibiscus found in SoCal. It was printed out on fiberglass by Boardlams to create that wrap-around-rail effect.

With her sister Laurane who got a board too :)