Knowing how to order a custom surfboard is key to getting the surfboard you want.
Some surfers order their first custom surfboard aged 8, some at 48, but no matter what age, the experience is profound. Just like getting barrelled, ordering a custom surfboard is a unique charm of surfing, something that most sports just don’t allow for.
And thus the act should be similarly cherished and savoured. Even the trip to pick up your custom surfboard can be as exciting as checking the surf at a new spot.
But there are so many ways custom surfboards can go wrong… Did the shaper nail exactly what you wanted? Was the spray guy really listening ? Should you have ordered thicker? So many potential banana skins…
To avoid disappointment, there are a few things to consider before submitting that custom order form for your next custom surfboard.
PEN TO PAPER
Whether it’s the shaper or the shop owner taking your order, make sure the details are clear and precise. When the form is filled in, read it again, as if you had no prior knowledge of the surfboard. Is there enough detail? As your surfboard gets built it’ll be passed around the factory from shaper to glasser to sander to sprayer etc, so the order form must be clear and accurate.
Be open and honest about how rad you are(n’t) when discussing exactly what you want. A statement full of heartfelt candour like ‘I just want to catch waves, go fast, have fun, man… I’ll probably not be doing rodeos’ will probably see you getting a better surfboard than any silly faux posturing as the second coming of Dane. You might even get a hug.