“I’ve always had a fascination with surfboard shapers. Mainly because they are really weird and mostly crazy. And I like crazy.
Growing up in Santa Cruz and visiting a few of the local shapers, I started to see some similarities. Empty cans of Coors Light. Photos on the walls of mostly naked women and day-of-the-decade lineups.
I came to the conclusion that jail cells and shaping rooms weren’t much different. And shapers were the inmates.
I mean, think about it. Shapers are making surfboards in a dusty, toxic room for surfers who travel to far away tropical places and have the most fun you can ever have in life. And the shaper? He stays in the room. Looking at photos. Thinking about life outside the room.” —Nate Lawrence