Best Shaper/Craftsman???

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by krug1, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. krug1

    krug1 New Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    After seeing various posts singing the praises of shapers such as Gene Cooper, Greg Hunt, Lance Carson, as well as some lesser known shapers, I started to wonder what everyone's opinion is out there of who is today's best shaper and if you are so inclined to provide the reason why.

    I'll be the first to say, Cooperfish boards are serious eye candy and Greg Hunt's web site is like soft porn...what is everyone else's poison?

  2. Murph

    Murph New Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    USA California
    For me right now it's Mike Hynson. I've been lusting after a keel fin fish for months...I'm gunna go get one in two weeks.
  3. andersonfan

    andersonfan Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    USA California
    Scott Anderson obviously gets my vote in the context of who I am willing to invest my surfing dollars with.

    I don't think you can hold one single shaper up as the best ...... there are too many that have an area where they excel and may have even innovated, but with technology being the great equalizer it's too much of a moving target.

    Just look at the last few threads; one asked about a board for fast and hollow surf, there was a noserider thread not too long ago, Roy continues to force us to think about reaallly long boards and so on. Come to think of it, Roy may even get my vote for best longboard shaper over 16 feet!:shock:

    I'm looking forward to this thread!

  4. Sneakytermite

    Sneakytermite New Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    USA California
    krug1 wrote:
    I know what you mean Krug1... I drooled just looking at those surfboards man. It's better than porn I say... I definately wouldn't mind sleeping with a Malibu Foil.

  5. deckpatch

    deckpatch New Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    The best boards I have ridden were shaped by Glen Minami, Gabe Garduque and Chuck Andrus. I got to a point where for some reason the boards were'nt working for me so I took things into my own hands and ended up shaping my own boards. I would'nt consider myself a good shaper or anything as I've only shaped 40 boards but through luck and perserverence most of my boards have turned out good enough for me to continue shaping for myself. I do look at other peoples boards for ideas, innovations and refinements. Some of the shapers I look up to are Ben Aipa, surfing as good as ever, he can shape anything, long or short and always open to new ideas and innovations; Donald Takayama, his lines are simple, uncomplicated, classic; and Wade Tokoro, he reminds me of a young Glen Minami, humble, a good surfer and talented shaper. I could also rattle off a long list of other shapers who work has caught my eye, there are too many to name. I do have to tip my hat to Scott Anderson, he was featured in a shaping video I bought when I started and his technique really helped me a lot in my quest for the perfect shape.
  6. Scout

    Scout New Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Tokoro's boards are super sick. I rode some short ones (5'4"-5'8") and they worked so well. Especially at fast breaking bowl breaks.
  7. jason

    jason Member

    Aug 3, 2005
    USA California
    WELLL.... Having watched Tyler work some of his magic, I'd have to say he has it down... He can do it all, shape and glass, and there really is no compromise with what he lets out of his shop. PERFECTIONIST! Even that tiny blemish that you didn't even notice, he won't let it go... He'll either fix it or do it over. Now the only thing that might not make him "THE BEST" would be his availability to the customer... Having to be a perfectionist is great for the end product, but he gives up that customer/shaper relationship. In the end an excellent shaper.

    NOWW... Having dealt with Gene (Cooperfish) on many occasions with orders, used boards, friends boards, and just hanging and surfing... He makes up in what Tyler lacks, he goes out of his way to make the 'customer' happy... He will almost always answer the phone, if not call you right back... He will drive hours for the delivery of his beautiful boards, and even hang out, surf... Now I haven't ever seen Gene 'work', but his end product is undeniably excellent as well. pushing limits on design as well as glass/resin work would classify him a master at his craft.

    SOOO... Who's "THE BEST"??? Depends on what day of the week you ask... Today? Gene.
  8. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    USA New Jersey CMC
    Hank Byzak

    Tom Eadon
  9. Bruiser

    Bruiser New Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    USA Florida
  10. T-Bone

    T-Bone Active Member

    Well I don't think there is a correct answer here. As someone said earlier, so many good shapers, and a few great ones, however they all may excel at one thing or another, but I don't know if there is one shaper that we could look to for every need. Think about just the Classic longboard shapers alone and you've got more than enough to think about.

    Hap Jacobs, Rich Harbour, Greg Noll Etc...

    I love my Hap Jacobs shape and think it's the best, however I have not ridden many of the various others out there, so I couldn't say I would not like someone elses shapes better.

    The best Shaper/Craftsman is the guy who's board your riding that you love and is keeping you going out into the water as often as possible and loving every minute of it, and wanting other people to try it because you want to share the stoke!


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