FGCU Art Student Collaborates with Wave Zone Surf Co. - Week 1
September 13, 2019 / Contributed by: Megan Shinham
After approaching Wave Zone with a workshop concept that recognizes the art and craftsmanship of America’s board builders, I was granted the unique opportunity to learn the art of board shaping from the owner himself, Jeff Shinham.
In the office I was given many materials to aid my research into the art of shaping boards, their end result, and the subtle variations that change the aerodynamics and sheer performance of each individual board. One such resource was Richard Kenvin’s Surf Craft Design and the Culture of Board Riding. This book focuses on Surf Culture and the significance of the hand built board. With many images and insightful text, the book is helping me to examine the beginnings of the hand built board and the evolution of their shape and form over time.
I observed a variety of techniques Jeff uses when making custom surfboards, and learned of the various tools, time, and precision used when making a quality product. I watched closely as he selected a foam blank by US Blanks and then carved and sculpted it into a surfboard core design.
I’ll spent hours researching the promise of performance different shape elements offer, fin set ups, and the motivation behind the artists/craftsmen. I was asked to be prepared to design my own shapes when I return.