VA BEACH Shapers?

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by PatSayJack, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

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    Aug 20, 2008
    new to the vb area....wondering if anyone has got any experience/feedback with the local shapers around here. any recommendations are appreciated! I'd rather buy local than get a big name company board :D
     
  2. Northender

    Northender Guest

    Bill Frierson, hes been shapping for a while. He shaped my dad a surfboard when he was growing up and now hes who I buy from. He made me a killer 5'9" single fin, and now hes shapping me a 5'6" 5 fin halfmoon. Cant wait to get it, I know hes gonna do a great job
     

  3. sjserpe

    sjserpe Well-Known Member

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    Sep 28, 2009
    shaper

    Yo dude i'm located in vb and i've been making custom boards for people, been doing it for about a year.. i'm def not pro but i do pretty well i think. I'd be happy to shape you something, and my boards are super cheap like 350 for a standard 6'0 thruster. Check out my website if you're interested: http://sovereignboardco.webs.com/

    You've also got bill like that guy said, he's the man if you're looking for something super nice. Some other guys are Ron Mellot (757-644-9829) who's awesome too but pretty much underground and kinda sketchy. Then there's two guys at this place called Fibercraft (757-425-6025) right behind bills shop that'll do custom stuff for ya.
     
  4. Stranded in Smithfield

    Stranded in Smithfield Well-Known Member

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    Jan 15, 2010
    Ha ha Ron Mellot... glad he is still around. Got to appreciate a shaper whose board prices vary on whether or not alcohol is brought to the shop... Back in the day he didn't do shortboard shapes or at least not performance type stuff. Underground? Yup... Sketchy? Maybe.. did good work for me... An VB and East Coast classic? Most assuredly!
     
  5. MATT JOHNSON

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
  6. rodndtube

    rodndtube Well-Known Member

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    May 21, 2006
    Austin Saunders (Austin Surfboards) does great work, does not cut corners in his shaping, glassing and finish work. Honest, straight-up guy.
     
  7. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    def Austin Saunders....honest business guy & passionate about surfing ....
     
  8. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

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    Aug 20, 2008
    thanks for all the help guys!
     
  9. sjserpe

    sjserpe Well-Known Member

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    Sep 28, 2009

    Ha yeah oh don't get me wrong he'll make a sick board, and i have to agree with you there. Austin does a mean longboard.
     
  10. cresto4

    cresto4 Well-Known Member

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    Aug 19, 2010
    hey man, i checked out the photo gallery on your website but didn't see any pix of completed boards. do you have any you could post? thanks
     
  11. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    Jun 27, 2010
    Anyone have any experience with Mike Dolsey (sp?) in Norfolk? Somebody recommended him to me, I may be looking to get a fish shaped for me soon.
     
  12. sjserpe

    sjserpe Well-Known Member

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    Sep 28, 2009
    for sure

    here you go
     

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  13. billabongmoney

    billabongmoney Well-Known Member

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    Sep 23, 2008
    sjserpe , you got any extra foam you want to sell or know of anywhere or anyone i can buy from with out paying for shipping .
     
  14. sjserpe

    sjserpe Well-Known Member

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    Sep 28, 2009
    yeah this guy at sea level surf supply (757) 491 2711 has thousands of blanks for sale in his shop near seatac rec center if you're in vb, and you can talk to the factory that supplies WRV ([email protected]) they're a little harder to get ahold of an you usually end up getting reject blanks cuz all the wrv guys get the solid ones.
     
  15. billabongmoney

    billabongmoney Well-Known Member

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    Sep 23, 2008
    alright cool , do you know if i can just drive up to the sea level surf supply or do i need to call a head
     
  16. cresto4

    cresto4 Well-Known Member

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    Aug 19, 2010
    thanks for posting those. cool that you guys are shaping your dreams and defining your own reality. props.
     
  17. EinVB

    EinVB Active Member

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    Jun 30, 2010
    A friend of mine shaped his own board for kite surfing a couple of years ago and got his materials foam, resin, etc... from Austin (Austin Surfboards). I would give him a call at his shop. He's typically there on Friday and Saturday.
     
  18. rockajet

    rockajet Active Member

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    Jul 27, 2010
    check out Frierson Designs

    I agree with the earlier posts suggesting Bill Frierson. I just picked up a long board he shaped for me and it is beautiful! He's from the area and also has experience around the world. Great guy who will sit down with you and discuss what you want and will shape a board that will work in this area given your experience and abilities. You can't go wrong. Good luck!
     
  19. rockajet

    rockajet Active Member

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    Jul 27, 2010
    Mike Dolsy boards

    I could be wrong, but the only boards I've ever heard about associated with Mike Dolsey are Far East pop out's. He runs a warehouse in Norfolk and advertises his boards on Craigslist for $250+ I know he's from this area, but I've never heard of a legitimtaely hand shaped board that was glassed around here. Again, I could be wrong. See the attached link.

    http://norfolk.craigslist.org/spo/1976020488.html
     
  20. EmptyM

    EmptyM Active Member

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    Jul 31, 2010
    After some research on a 'new to the area' shaper up here in DE, I came across this website for ordering chinese pop-outs. Looks like that guy is doing the same thing. And actually, the so-called shaper up here is from the VB area and doing the same thing as far selling them cheap on craigslist, they probably know each other.

    the company:
    http://surfboardcn.en.alibaba.com/

    the "shaper":
    http://delaware.craigslist.org/spo/1912021520.html