Choosing the right person to shape a surfboard is crucial. You have got to feel comfortable with that person, and find someone who is more than happy to answer any questions you have throughout the process, will listen to what you want and advise you appropriately according to your height, weight, surfing ability and amount of times you go in the water.
I couldn’t have chosen anyone better than British and European ex-champion surfer (and legendary shaper) Nigel Semmens. As well as being an expert, Nigel is a really nice guy who, from the initial chat over the phone welcomed us to visit him at the factory to chat in person. He showed us round, talked us through the process, assessed and advised on the best size and shape boards and really put us at ease. Like he said, a lot of people won’t go to a shaper because they find it intimidating but from our experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Nigel advised me to go for a 7ft 4 x 22 x 2 ¾. I was expecting him to say 3 on the thickness for extra float but as I am not very heavy, I would find 2 ¾ easier to turn and, as Nigel advised, he wanted us to have two boards that were progressive.
After some initial deliberation on artwork, I submitted my final design and just over 2 weeks later, we got the nod to say the boards were ready. The day of collection I was so stoked and when Nigel brought my board out, I had a tear in my eye. I absolutely loved it, it was perfect and I couldn’t wait to ride it….so, an hour later, we were back in Mawgan Porth accompanied by Pete from Kingsurf who was equally as excited about our boards as us.
I honestly wasn’t expecting to stand up and for me, it was more of a ‘getting to know my board’ session. I had never stood on an epoxy or fibreglass board before so imagine my shock when I rode one in! It couldn’t have been more perfect, getting a cool ride on my new super cool board!
I started to get brave and even went out back. It was just so nice to lie on my board and stare out to sea – so peaceful and calm. Egged on by Pete, I even caught my first green wave and it was amazing!! It felt like I was on a hover board floating above the water.
It was an amazing session which really filled me with confidence. Now I had my own board and could stand up on it, I could call myself a surfer!