Not sure the boards are molded, more likely lathed from a 3d rendering of the exact board it is copying. I agree though that a local shaper can tweak a shape just enough to make it magic and keeping the money in the US as much as possible is a great thing. If you pulled all the boards made over seas off the shelves right now there would be a surfboard shortage like no one has ever seen. I wouldn't care one bit because I have been shaping my own boards for a while. I have always had a dream of opening a small shop catering to only local shapers, backyard board builders, one of a kind shapes etc. The prices would be higher but I wonder if there would be enough clientele for a shop like that?