Design Forum

1.26.13

Blogs

DIY Surfboards

Ryan Burch and the art of shaping your own dream board

"I’m in a position where I’m so lucky to not have to shape full-time, and that gives me a creative freedom that means the world to me. I only do it out of my own desire to create something—I don’t have to do it for anybody that I don’t want to. I can go in there and do whatever the heck I want and there’s no obligation."

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8.23.12

Blogs

Shapers’ Advice

Five things to keep in mind when ordering your next board

We’re always looking for our next magic board, but let’s face it, experimenting isn’t cheap. To increase the odds of picking up a stick that you’ll actually love, we reached out to several board manufacturers for their advice on finding the unique combination elements that will suit your surfing.

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7.27.12

Blogs

Textured Crafts

Sharks' textured skin allows them to move faster through the water. Can the same concept be applied to surfboards?

“It’s all based on the idea of reducing drag in the water. Sharks are perfect examples. If you were to touch a shark’s skin, you would notice that it’s really smooth in one direction and very rough on the other. On the surface of their skin are these small divots that create an effect that allows them to cut through the water faster. Instead of the water simply sliding down their bodies, it bounces off of the divots in their skin, creating small vortexes that they’re able to glide on. I wanted to take this idea and relate it to surfboards.”

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7.10.12

Blogs

Shaped by Software

How new technology is shaping the designer

As the tools of a craft evolve, so too do the craftsmen. The late ’90s saw the first glimpses of computer-aided design (CAD) being applied to surfboard manufacturing. Since, the programs and processes have improved, allowing an art once left solely in the hands of traditional shapers to be accessible to those with little or no hands-on shaping experience. And, consequently, with this shift from handsaw and planer to keyboard and mouse comes a simultaneous shift in the profile of the surfboard shaper.

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