Shaping a surfboard with ones own hands is sure to be high on the bucket list of any surfer you know. That’s where Shaper Supply Co.’s “Shaping School” comes in, a four-hour introductory lesson on hand-shaping a surfboard (including stand-up paddleboards) from start to finish.
This is an experience unavailable anywhere else in Los Angeles County, or all of Southern California for that matter. Lessons are held in their state-of-the-art shaping bays, fully equipped with trade tools and strategic lighting elements that lead to professional results.
“In the 60s and 70s, every coastal Los Angeles community had several surf shops, all of which had shaping bays and boards being shaped daily in the back,” recalls Shaper Supply Co. owner Florian Saylor, a surfer since age 8 and a teen when he shaped his first board.
As surfing hit mainstream boards became mass-produced, and in turn, local surf shops started to fade away. Shaper Supply Co. exists to support surf culture and the growing revival and interest in DIY surfboard shaping.
Every surfer should experience hand-shaping a board that is custom-built exclusively for the individual. Those who have done it will tell you there is nothing more rewarding than entering the water with a personally-built board. As seems to be the case for most first-timers, it won’t be long before they go on to shaping a second board.
Luckily, the shop’s shaping bays are available for rent. Forget a step? Ask Florian for a quick refresher, he is more than happy to help.
Shaper Supply Co. offers gift certificates for “Shaping School” lessons, a no-brainer choice for any occasion, especially the occasion of “just because.” Show the surfer in your life some love with a gift that keeps on giving.
Shaper Supply Co.
3523 S. Centinela Ave
Mar Vista, CA 90066
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Her fitness articles can be found on examiner.com. Follow her on Twitter.