The relationship between surfer and surfboard shaper is one of the most special and satisfying non-penetrative relationships it’s possible to have.
With this in mind, here’s a brief and by no means exhaustive list of surfboard shapers at work in the UK today. Between them they represent the majority of the UK’s surfable coastlines. Some are long-established and hugely influential board builders, others are relative newcomers running small-scale operations, but all are skilled and dedicated craftsmen passionate about getting their customers on the right surfboard for their particular needs.
Of course there are heaps of other great shapers in the UK that don’t appear below, including some of the bigger names—the idea is to get you thinking. Do a bit of research, ask around, decide on a shaper and a model, and go home a few weeks later with a surfboard that’s got your name on it.
Custom Surfboards: Surfboard Shapers In Cornwall
Beachbeat Surfboards, St. Agnes
Beachbeat was founded by the late Peter ‘Chops’ Lascelles, an Australian surfer and shaper who rubbed shoulders with such greats as Bob McTavish and George Greenough before setting up shop in St. Agnes in the mid-‘80s. Head shaping duties have now been taken over by Chops’ son Marcus, who makes boards for some of the UK’s best surfers, he himself being one of them.