In The Shaping Studio with Tia
I first met Tia when she was 13 years old. At the time, she was already a very accomplished surfer, able to ride a shortboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board, all with great skill. It wasn't until later that year that she decided to focus her efforts on competing riding a shortboard.
A few weeks ago, I received a text from Tia, inquiring about shaping her first surfboard at my public surfboard workshop, Shaper Studios. She was interested in making something for summer and was really fired up about getting in the shaping bay. Together, we discussed her options, decided on a classic nose rider longboard and set up a time for her to come in and start.
When she first arrived at Shaper Studios, she was glowing with excitement but a bit nervous. The nervousness disappeared as soon as she stepped in the shaping bay and Tia quickly turned her attention to detail. You could see her competitiveness take over. Unlike a lot of first timers, the tools did not intimidate her in the least. She worked the power planer like a champ and by lunch time, she had completed the board.
The following week, we moved on to glassing. She chose to mix up a light avocado green color to match a floral fabric inlay that would also be laminated into the board. The first time laminating a board can be a little stressful due to the time crunch of the resin kicking off but Tia was full of smiles the entire time.
Last night, I met up with her at San Onofre with the finished board. She quickly sticker’d it up and we shared an amazing sunset surf on her first hand shape.
- Chris Clark, Shaper Studios Co-Founder
Cutting out her shape
Tuning in the outline
Cleaning up the rails
Glassing the bottom
Ready to shred