Any paddler would jump at the chance to shape their own board. But the barriers are significant: costs, tools, workspace and of course, time. I'd wanted to shape a board for years but like most of you, lacked the resources. Then I met Christopher Clark, co-founder of Shaper Studios.

Shaper Studios, started by Clark and his good friend Derrik Kapalla, gives potential board-builders a place to hone their skills and a chance to shape their own ride. You can glass it too, or they can do it for you. With the instruction, it costs about as much as buying a high-quality custom (roughly $100 per foot). If you get hooked, it's $20 a month to use the Shaper facilities and their tools.

This video shows the process of the first SUP magazine custom hand shape.

Read the rest of the story in our Fall Issue.

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