Submitted by elvis on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 10:49
I have decided to cut out the middleman and get my first custom board. I live in eastern subs Sydney and looking for advise/ recommendations on a local shaper. Want to keep it local as I want the shaper to know the waves but mainly want to talk to him face to face, many seem based around the northern beaches which is cool just want to restrict it to Sydney. Has anyone got any thoughts or experience on the following?
Thanks for any advise have also posted in the shaping bay. P.s does anyone think webber is overrated ?
Andrew Harris lives in your neck of the woods Elvis. I've never ordered one off him personally (I ride Stuart Paterson's, from Cronulla) but he's very well regarded. Although I've never ridden one I've spoken to him a few times and he seems like the kind of fella who's willing to listen. Perhaps seek him out?
And nup, I don't think Webber is overrated at all. Fella has come up with some of the most revolutionary designs of the last 25 years involving all facets of design: concave, rocker, fins materials etc. He's a visionary in the league of McCoy, Cole et al.
Thanks for advise stunet
this is Elvis having real trouble with user manes passwords etc , I had herd of A H but saw on some website blub that he had only been shaping a few years so dismissed him but have now checked out the website and he shapes for much better surfers than me Iâ€™ll send him an e mail. Im sure most shapers are willing to listen that what makes deciding so difficult. As Iâ€™m sure a good shaper is like good barber , if you get a great board why go anywhere else its along term thing
It just seems to me that webber has joined the legion of shapers that promise the world from their boards (I know what do you expect) but Iâ€™m just so dubious about boards for every level surfer from 0 â€“ 8 foot makes you a cup of tea after session tucks you in at night etc just seems a trend
But thanks again
Stunet is 100% right about Greg Webber, the guy loves to get creative. The only trouble I have with him is that a lot of his boards are made in Asia. Personally I wouldn't ride one of his boards unless I could guarantee he shaped it himself (almost impossible), it just seems so impersonal.
I've seen a few AH's and heard plenty about them, and its all been really good. That'd be my pick. I wanted to have a look at getting one, but then I thought of the reaction I'd get if I paddled out somewhere like North Narra on an Eastern Suburbs made board... Its already hard enough to get waves out there!
good to talk to a few shapers, see where they surf regularly too. if they know your local breaks, it's easier for them to shape a board that will go well for you. I just got a new custom, local shaper, does heaps of boards for the regulars down at my local break, they rep them very highly, can't go wrong :)
wow, dunno about not riding a shapers boards you like coz some guys in a line-up mightnt like it, I thought youd right what you wanted to ride, I know I have always ridden whatever shaped by whoever I felt like, and if their opinion matters so much, get no logos on it or maybe between the fins.....if ya like a shapers boards, ride em I reckon.....
bit of a drive, mad dog surf boards on the road in to byron bay, best boards I have EVER riden, or owned. absolute best quality. I will not buy any other board from now on. I've had two for about three years now, one long board, one short. they are simply awesome. and I'm from brisbane, and it's still worth the drive. and ,no I DO NOT KNOW HIM OR WORK FOR HIM to endorse his product so highly.
wax on....wax off......oohhhh