I LOVE shaping surfboards and I'm kinda obsessed with this craft. Even though I am about to shape my 130th 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, August 19, 2016

board#114: longboard for me

dimensions: 7'2 x 21 x 2 3/8
[completed in November 2015]
Model Valerie

The story: The Model Valerie is my best-seller and my every day board. I can surf it when small or a bigger surf and it turns so well that I call it "my shortboard". My latest of this model (click here to see it) started to get a bit beat up and needed a replacement.

The shape: same as before with a bit more pinched rails. That is the great thing about shaping for myself. I know what I want. I know what I need. I shaped the board without any hesitation.

The artwork: as I was showing my new very colorful Roxy wetsuit to my friend Laurent, he came up with the genius idea of matching the artwork of my board with it. The idea was that I would camouflage (view from the top, from a pier for example) when paddling on it. 

That is what you get for dropping in on me !!! ;)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

board#113: longboard for Sarah

Dimensions: 7'6 x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4
[completed on September 2015]
Model Valerie

The story: as you may have noticed all my posts start with a "The story" section. This is because I do custom surfboards and there is a story behind all of them. Some stories are very cute. Like this one. One day I receive an email from Michael. He is on a mission. He wants to surprise his girlfriend Sarah with a custom surfboard for her birthday. After a couple of emails back and forth, we decided it would be best to have her involved as she is surfing already for quite a while and she would probably want to have her input in the specifications of the board. However he surprised her by meeting me when she thought she would go for some random errands. I had my ordering sheet ready to take notes for her upcoming birthday present. 

The shape: talking with Sarah about her board, I found out she was surfing my home spot!!! This is great news for me because I know exactly what kind of waves she will be dealing with and it helps me refine the dimensions needed. She wanted a longboard and I suggested she should try mine as she weighted like me. She did and she decided it was the right board for her. Of course, we adjusted a couple of dimensions for her surf style. The shape went pretty smoothly as I know this model by heart (almost!)

The artwork: I received very specific directions about the artwork. I could tell they put a lot of thoughts about it. The main piece on the deck was a chinese sign which says Sarah's name with real hand prints from her daughter. In the back, Michael asked for a stylized representation of the beach with Sarah's and her dog foot prints. I could tell this board would be very special for Sarah.

Michael's sketch with my suggestions in pink ;)

real hand print from Sarah's daughter

Here is Sarah and her new board !!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

board#112: shortboard for Tamsen

Dimensions: 5'6 x 21 1/8 x 2 3/8
[completed in November 2015]

The story: Tamsen heard about me from mouth to ear at my work place. My day work place. We met at the cafeteria and a board was born. Another Illumina board. (I have done so many surfboards for Illumina colleagues that it would be too much work to try to spit out a stat on that.)

The shape: Tamsen showed me  her favorite shapes from Lost Surfboards. I based my shape on her very top favorite (The Uber Plank model) with  that very special "squallow" (a swallow set in a squash) . But I also insisted to have the board she likes to ride (Bottom Feeder model) with me in the shaping room to get all the volumes and rails right.

The artwork: Tamsen has two lovely twin daughters which she pictured with her (as  the mother wolf) on the silhouette she sent me. The classy black pinline was performed by Global Glassing along with the glass.