NOTHING will ever completely replace hand shaped hand crafted surfboards. They are works of arts, each unique in every way and tailored to each surfers technical needs. The HUMAN ELEMENT can never be relaced by computers as much as we try. Hand crafted surfboards are the way to go. Many of the top professional riders such as Dane Reynolds are even admitting that nothing rides like hand shaped boards.
That's pretty crazy stuff. I think I might make boards the total opposite way. I guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. To each his own?
Exactly. 3D printing will revolutionize many things, perhaps (though I doubt it) even surfboard manufacturing. But not in this incarnation. I do not see your cellphone collecting data that is precise enough to have anywhere near the effectiveness of a local shaper who has made and surfed many different shapes at your local spots.
Originally Posted by LBCrew
Put some sensors on the board, then we'll talk.
A good shaper most likely has the same mental ability of a good 3d modeler that creates shapes in 3d software using computer software.
Originally Posted by Slashdog