If you read the last issue you’ll know we are living in one of the greatest ever eras in terms of surfboard design. It’s an age unlike any other where anything goes, designs are being tweaked daily and shapers have both the greatest divergence of influences, freedom of expression and at the same time access to the best shaping machines, materials and craftsmen in history. The result of the past few years is clearly marked in performance shortboard history, where the fireball and keel fish have left their mark. The same can be said of the retro market. It’s now all about the ride.
Since Carve was invented in 1994 we have seen radical changes in attitudes to board design and production methods. Once it was one board for everything apart from Indo and anything else life threatening, PU construction, hand shaped to order, and ready when it was ready… Today the whole industry has transcended to one of dynamics, minuscule tolerances and daily design tweaks. We even speak of volume in our specifications. In issue 151 we speak to some of Britains and indeed the worlds, top shapers to get their opinions on subjects on everything from where surfboard design has been and where it is heading featuring 70 models, tips, reviews, pitfalls, how to buy, and shaper interviews.