- Aug 29, 2013
So true. All the builders you mentioned are treasures and should be supported. People here mocked my "30 year" rule. I will only get a board from a builder that has 30 or more (hopefully way more) years experience in the trade. I want someone who has shaped through different design evolution, comes from a surf heritage background (example; San Diego, Santa Barbara, etc.) and has spent time in a professional work environment, learning from masters of the trade. Why would anyone want anything else?Well said one and all; it is getting hard to get true craftsman like Frye, Pavel, Hilbers, Cherry and others to shape boards as they are very much in demand and can more or less choose which projects they choose to take on. Although certainly a lot of great shapers that pump out boards like nobody's business---Andreini, Christenson, Mitsven and others.