How much experience should my shaper have and should they be a good surfer too?
In Intermediate - Asked by James Kenneth
How much experience your shaper should have really depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for a top of the line board, you want to work with a shaper with years of successful experience. There are a lot of subtleties to surfboards that a good shaper will learn about over the years. That is why the pros work with shapers that they know and have good experience with, even if they are experimenting with surfboards. But, if you happen to have a friend that is new to shaping, and you are willing to take a bit of a risk, they might make a decent surfboard for you and they might even give you a great deal because you are helping them learn. Once again, look at a few of the surfboards they have shaped and if you are happy with the quality, go for it. As for if your shaper should surf. The good news is most shapers surf, thats why they got into it. But it isn't absolutely necessary. Not all aerospace engineers are astronauts and not all clothing designers wear dresses, but they can still be good at what they do. I will say this though, if there is a good shaper that has been working with surfboards for years, I would hope they had tried it out. Just make sure to look at a few boards they have shaped and try to talk to some people that have gotten boards made by them. A little bit of work up front and you will have your bases covered.