Recently, I had the pleasure of shaping a surfboard with local shaping master Gordon Guptill. We settled on a design direction that would suit my experience and style, then got to work over two sessions. Being my first time in the shaping room, and with the goal of having a kick-ass board at the end, Gordon took on the larger operations and coached me through the finer work.

This experience was a blast, and Gordon was super patient to answer all my questions and explain everything in detail as we went along.

Hand shaped by Gordon Guptill and Ryan Arnaudin

Starting with a foam blank

Starting off with a foam blank


Planing the blank

Tracing the profile

Using the sureform


Using the sureform

Using the sureform

Finished board


Finished composite