Tell me about the changes you've seen in recent years in the shaping realm, and how it has affected your craft?
In the last ten years or so surfing has grown so much there's been a big demand for cheap indestructible boards made in china under trusted company's labels.
But these boards are not made by surfers, which to me takes the soul and real magic out of them. I believe surfing and surfboard building came from Heavy Soul.
How would you describe a surfer?
Lots of experience, some natural talent doesnt hurt, and you have to dedicate yourself to it for life! It's not like skateboarding where you can drop in all day long for hours. Waves come and go, you miss one you dont ride it.
When a new customer comes to you for a custom shape, what kind of questions do you ask to ensure you'll make them what they're looking for?
I spend alot of time asking questions, like what do you want out your new board, what kind of improvements can be made on your surfing, what kind of waves will you surf? Basically I try to get in their head so it can come out of my hands in the foam's shape.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
The Weirdos, The JamSuicidal Tendencies and Just Good Friends.
Changing really shitty diapers a lot! No ... really I'm a new father and that's been my only interest lately. I play guitar in a punk band, but lately Rocky and work takes up all my time. I still try to surf as much as I can, hopefully more when Rocky gets older.
What do you want the world to know about you?
I am a child of God and I do the best I can to do the right thing in life, because God is always watching.
Questions: Andrea Corrias
Answers: Marcello Vercelli