When we launched Ocean Clock (our first brand), we met Geoffray the shaper from Fernand Surfboards. The retro style of his boards and his own surf approach definitely convinced James to order his first customised surfboard. If you are hesitant about getting your own, we will explain to you, in this article, why it is worth ordering your board from a local shaper.
Take advice from a professional surfboard shaper
You are now ready to find your dream board. Here are a few recommendations to help you find the right craftsman and the perfect board.
Finding the right shaper for an ideal surfboard
Choosing the right shaper is important. He should offer you a quality board thanks to his traditional craftsmanship. The best way to make your choice is by asking people around you. Before visiting all nearby shapers, get some tips from your surfer friends. They might have already used the service of a shaper or know someone who knows a good one. Got a name ? It is then time to enter this surf temple and meet your new best friend for the weeks to come. If you are near Hossegor, we recommend you the shaper Fernand Surfboards who makes beautiful and very efficient boards.
© Florian Gruet
A shaper attentive to your needs
Once you have found a professional, be ready for a detailed questioning. Before getting grilled, make sure you know exactly what your surfboard needs are. And above all, ask yourself this question : “how do I want to improve my surfing?”. Besides asking about your corpulence, the shaper needs to know your level and your riding style. To determine the board that suits you perfectly (which is not necessarily the case with your old board), he will also ask you about the size of waves you surf as well as your favourite surfing spots.
Thanks to this diagnosis, the surfboard shaper will be able to give you precious advice and select the ideal type of board to complete your surf gear.
A unique surfboard that suits your style thanks to customisation
Ordering a customised surfboard is not just limited to choosing its dimensions as its design is just as important, especially for a surfer. Let us move on to the fun part : customising your board.
Yep ! We are done with mass-produced boards other surfers use during your surf sessions. It is your turn to show off on the beach with your brand-new unique surfboard. There again, take time to choose the right material for your board. Choose either a traditional boardstock or a wooden surfboard made of balsa or paulownia, for a more natural and vintage style. Keep reading ! The customisation process has just started !
When one thinks of a customised surfboard, one thinks of a design that suits him ! That is another step where the surfboard shaper will need to know more about you. Choice of colours, patterns, inscriptions… Get a design that resembles you.
© cyruskorn for Fernand Surfboards
Before making up your mind, make sure this new design will meet your surfing expectations for many years to come.
Surfboards at attractive prices
When we hear about artisanal manufacture, the word “expensive” comes automatically to our mind. Yet, if you surf the web, you will quickly notice that branded surfboards’ prices are pretty high. Some shapers actually offer boards whose prices are lower than mass-produced boards.
For a customised board, expect to pay between €600 and €1,500 as prices differ from one shaper to another. Some optional features can be added like decoration or other surf accessories such as centreboards. Even if you may have to pay 200€ more than for a mass-produced board, the result will turn out to be worth it. Not only you will make a local shaper work but you will also be rewarded with the quality of his work and by having a board that was shaped especially for you.
© platoux for Fernand Surfboards
After waiting a few weeks or months to get your dream surfboard, it will also be a good opportunity for you to get up-to-date surf accessories. Surf wax, wooden wax box, surfboard cover… Many essential accessories to maintain your new “baby”.
Now that you have made your purchases, it is time for you to get in the water and test this new unique board which is dying to ride waves.