You’ve likely seen the websites where you can design your own surfboard, but what if you had the chance to build your own surfboard? Would you want to? In San Diego, California there’s a company that let’s you come in and do all the work. They’re just there to show you how. The folks at the Orange County Register came upon this place where you can build your own board.
Build Your Own Surfboard
“I know there is not much known life outside of our beautiful O.C., but just to the south is San Diego, and there is some surf stuff of interest down that way.
This is one of those rare cases that I have to admit there is something worth looking into. Tucked away in the middle of the city lies one of the most innovative surf companies around: Shaper Studios. Shaper Studios is California’s first surfboard workshop and collective shaping studio, and is the only place in the country that teaches you how to hand-shape your own board.
Remember back in the day when you had to wait months to get a board from your favorite shaper? Now you can walk inside, do it yourself, and have a custom board within a matter of days. Pretty cool deal.
Chris Clark is the brainchild behind the concept – a 27-year-old surfer, MBA student and CEO. His vision is to make the surfer feel even more in tune with the waves by connecting them personally with the board they’re riding – allowing the customer to be an integral part of the entire surfboard-making process.
“We’re big advocates for the art and creativity that goes into making a beautiful surfboard as a great way to reconnect with yourself and nature,” Clark said. “I wanted to create a place where anyone can feel artistically inspired and get back in the water with a whole new perspective. Surfing for me is more than just the brands you wear or the stickers slapped on your board; it is a deeply personal passion that you share with the world each time you paddle out.”
The studio’s staff includes professional shapers and glassers who provide one-on-one lessons to new customers who want to learn the art. You can rent out the shaping bays and equipment if you already know what you’re doing, but the shop also offers packages for newbies to learn how to shape and provide all of the materials you’ll need from start-to-finish.
If you can’t tell already, the crew is all about good surf, fun times and great boards. Whether you’re a surfer, a backyard shaper or looking for a really cool gift for someone, Shaper Studios is worth the drive down. This place is definitely in my lineup for 2012.”
Shaper Studios also offers their space for charity events, art galleries, and concert venues. You can learn about it here. What do you think of the idea of being able to build your own surfboard? Would you like to try it or would you rather get a ready-made board instead? Do share your thoughts with us.