If you haven't come across Biel from Boc Boards in Mallorca, Spain, you're in for a treat. We love Biel's experiemental style, with his boards, with his resin work...and with his stonework. Yes, you read correctly - check out his Instagram! He's also done some very sweet resin work incorporating our Glass On fins - it's all pretty inspiring stuff.
We sent Biel 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 Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in Spain, and currently I have my workshop at Capdepera, a village in the north east of the island.
What inspired your logo/brand name?
My brand name is Boc, which means a male goat in Mallorquí. The boc of Mallorca is a land animal which you can find on the sea cliffs - it's a very Mallorcan animal! The logo started out as the image of a goat, but right now I don't put a logo on my boards as they're handmade, so I prefer to do a drawing rather than put a logo as such.
Tell us a bit about how, when and why you got into shaping.
Well, I shaped my first board at 21 - it was part of the final project of my fine arts degree in Galicia. I made it with pita or American aloe wood which I had to collect. It's a very romantic material as it's the stem of a flower, and it only grows when the plant is about to die. During the lamination process I was helped out by Walter, shaper of Zorlak Surfboards, to whom I'll always be grateful to (in fact, I owe him a sculpture!).
At 23, I met Boris Bugarski whilst working at Raz Surf Camp, and it was the best thing I could have happened to me, as Boris opened the doors of his house and workshop to me - he became my maestro! First I watched how he made a board, then he made half and I made half, and then he left me to it and told me to shape one myself and he'd guide me through it. I spent an entire year with him, it was an incredible time for me, I was living what had seemed an impossible dream as a child. If you read this Boris, I love you!!
[You can read Boris from B.Bugarski Surfboards' Shaper Story here.]
What kind of boards do you mostly shape?
I love shaping more retro boards, above all fishes - I like making the boards I like to surf, as I imagine they're for me when I'm making them! I usually shape singles, twin fins, and the odd longboard. I like to make them well, hardy, so they'll have a long life, with their extra patches and gloss.
What’s your preferred fin set up to a) shape and b) surf?
I started with trifins, and then moved on to single fins, but without a doubt I prefer a twin fin. Right now it's what I usually surf, and when it comes to shaping, it's the same, I like making twin fins as then I can imagine they're for me.
Best tip for the budding shaper?
Make yourself a board and ride it!
What’s been the most memorable board you’ve ever shaped & why?
What's the bonus of using Macho Fins in your boards?
Firstly and above all, they are elegant fins. Every time I put them in my boards I've had no problems with them - they fit perfectly in the box and don't move. And when it comes to surfing them, the respond very well according to their characteristics. And I've always had really great service!
Thanks Biel! And you can check out Boc Boards on their Instagram.
Photo Credit: @swen_exposure
This interview has been translated from Spanish.