A few weeks back Shaper Studios teamed up with Vissla to put on a unique surf contest where every competitor in the event shaped and surfed on self-made surfboards. "Shaper Studios is once again making history by presenting the first ever Self Shape Surf Contest. For the first time in the history of surfing, surfers will take part in a contest where every surfer is riding their own hand-shaped surfboard," a release said. We sent our ace reporter down to cover the event for Cote's Cube, and here's what he came back with.
Shaper Studios in San Diego is the "world's first public surfboard workshop" that allows anyone and everyone to come in to their shaping studio and make their own surf craft from start to finish.
A year or so ago, I went in there and shaped my very first board, and the experience was fantastic. They really let you get your hands dirty and create your own board, offering guidance and support, but also encouragement to do your own work. My board turned out better than I accepted and actually rode OK, considering I have never shaped before.
Check out Shaper Studios online. I highly recommend making your own board, as it will give you much more appreciation for the experts who make surfboards for a living. I know I'll be sticking to professionally shaped surfboards from now on!
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