For this Shaper Story we're off over the border to meet Sam of Bob's Boards in Lagos, Portugal. Sam's been using a variety our fin models in his boards for several years now, and also stocks them (and some really good coffee) at the family coffee shop Coffee & Waves.
We sent Sam our Shaper Stories questions to find out a bit more about him and his boards...
Tell us where you’re from and where you’re based.
I'm from the UK, but now I'm based in Lagos in a region called the Algarve in the south of Portugal.
What inspired your logo/brand name?
My brand name came originally from a drunken night at university when I woke up the next day as Bob or Sam Bob...so this became Bob's Boards! The logo design is from my clever wife who thought it was going to be a huge process but actually I really liked her first attempt after about 5 minutes so we stuck with this one.
Tell us a bit about how, when and why you got into shaping.
I got into shaping really out of necessity, I couldn't at the time afford to buy any surfboards that I liked and I realised it was cheaper to make your own and I could create exactly what I wanted from a surfboard which I couldn't find anywhere else.
What kind of boards do you mostly shape?
The boards I mostly make are classic designs, longboards, minimals, single fins and fishes, but no high performance surfboards, pretty much only surfboards that I would like to surf myself to have fun on.
What’s your preferred fin set up to a) shape and b) surf?
I prefer to shape and surf myself single fin set ups, I prefer that loose, fast feeling.
Best tip for the budding shaper?
A good tip for a new shaper is to keep your tools sharp and write down everything you're doing in the build process as a reference.
What’s been the most memorable board you’ve ever shaped & why?
I think the most memorable board I’ve made was probably my first board, which was a fish I made in my grandfather's garage and then finished on the kitchen table.
What's the bonus of using Macho Fins in your boards?
Macho Fins really compliment our range of boards, the colours and the templates fit really well with the boards.