With the summer swells already upon us and next winter season right around the corner, you may be considering ordering your next board. Whether you’re an avid surfer, or a beginner, it should be easy to find a vast amount of board choices available from any given shaper in your area. Each shaper should have a wide selection of stock boards that are pre made to fit certain surf spots and conditions. Most board retailers will help you find the board that suits you best.
But some surfers take matters into their own hands and really love to create their own board to their specific liking. Sometimes you have a board that you like but it just needs a little adaptation, or maybe you outgrew your favorite board and want to create a newer version. If a custom shape is what you’re leaning towards, there are a few things to consider. We picked T&C Surfboard Factory Manager, Gareth Sugihara’s brain for 5 things to think about before ordering your very own custom board.
- Find something that fits your level of skill. Be honest with your shaper about your skill level, building the right board will bring out the best in your surfing and help you progress.
- Find out what board works best for you and build off that. Sometimes the best way to find that magic board is to adapt it from a board that already suits you.
- Know where you want to take the board. Custom boards are usually tailored for specific conditions or size waves. Talk to your shaper about where you want to surf this board.
- Know your volume. Knowing the volume of the board you’re looking for will help fine tune it to fit your body. If you don’t know, your shaper can help you find out.
- Plan ahead. Order your custom board and expect it to take a bit longer than a regular board order. Perfection takes time.
Once you get your new stick and have taken it out for a sesh or two, be sure to give your shaper some feedback.