Today's Shaper Stories interview comes to you from Dani of LoboDeMar Surfboards from Andalucía, Spain. We've been working with Dani supplying him with fins for his top quality handshapes for a while now, and it's always a pleasure when his name pops up in our inbox, so we're stoked to introduce you to him in this latest Shaper Stories blog interview.
We sent Dani 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 Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a fishing village in the south of Spain, but I currently live further down the coast in Chiclana de la Frontera.
What inspired your logo/brand name ?
The logo was designed by a great friend who's a designer - I left that job in his hands. He used the simple shape of the rombus, and it was love at first sight for me.
My name is Daniel Lobo, and for the name I wanted to fuse my surname with one of my favourite animals, that's where the name Lobo de Mar [Wolf of the Sea] comes from.
Tell us a bit about how, when and why you got into shaping.
In the world of boards, starting back in 2009, I spent many years repairing all types of boards - I spent hours and hours analysing them, it was and still is an obsession! I had "recycled" a couple of boards, but I never had the time to shape one from scratch. Then 5 years ago I bought 3 foams, a brush and that was the start of this beautiful addiction. My first board was a single fin pintail egg, quite short and thin, in tinted, polished resin, which was a surprise for a friend. Seeing that board work exactly how I had envisaged was my motiviation to continue until today.
What kind of boards do you mostly shape?
I think I'm quite lucky, because 99% of the boards I shape are single fins and twin fins, and I enjoy shaping rare boards like a kid at Christmas!
What’s your preferred fin set up to a) shape and b) surf?
Single fin, without a doubt.
Best tip for the budding shaper?
Look for "harmony" in your boards.
What’s been the most memorable board you’ve ever shaped & why?
A mini longboard which I shaped for my brother - I'll never forget that board because we shaped it together, so it's really special for me.
What's the bonus of using Macho Fins in your boards?
I am in love with these fins, as you know! They're the perfect compliment to my boards. They are of exceptional quality, and Nat and Gonzalo's friendliness is the cherry on the cake!
Thanks Dani! And you can check out LoboDeMar Surfboards on their Instagram.
This interview has been translated from Spanish.