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daner

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Snapped my favorite 7' 6" FunShape in half last weekend at Paradise. I'm bummed but it gave me 20 years of regular use. I'm just glad it didn't break out at MH or some other far out break.

I would like to get a clone made of it. It's Poly. I thought I had a shaper lined up but that fell through.

Can anyone recommend a shaper in the Melbourne area that would be able to make me an exact copy (in one piece of course?

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SurferMic

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Daner, get ready to have a list of who's who in shaping in Brevard...My vote for fun shape poly goes to Stu Sharpe, but there are many others...all are great craftsmen.

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Larry Mayo.

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Greensleeves

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From front page of 2ndlight.com:

Fun Shape: Tommy High Performance Fun Shape



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daner

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Yes I realize there are alot of great shapers in our area, but specifically someone who has the experience and time to make a copy rather than make their own designs. Thanks!

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 12/03/2019 01:55 PM
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dingpatch

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", , , , , that would be able to make me an exact copy, , , , "

Hmmmmmm, , , , , there is a place in Rockledge on Gus Hipp Blvd where a certain Master Copier has his place of business. He has won that "shaper copying" thing in California a few times, , , , ,
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rc

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Stu Sharpe 321-501-1216
He has a killer UFO model.
 12/03/2019 09:02 PM
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Central Floridave

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Tom Neilson. He is only shaper that supports this website. I recommend him. He had made boards for me from copies. Super nice guy.
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 12/04/2019 05:04 AM
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IamSAW

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Exact copy of a 20 year old board that saw regular use?
Two questions:
Q1. Do you want the exact copy of the new board fresh off the sanding rack with all that new volume, spring and liveliness? Or a copy of the 20 year old with reduced volume from desk squish, foot "wells" next to the stringer, less spring and more character?
Q2. If you asked Susan Tedeschi to play "Angel from Montgomery" just like Bonnie Raitt, what do you think would happen? Assume she doesn't have a cast iron frying pan nearby.
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tom

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First, magic board are born, not duplicated. Good luck! Second, Neilson as great guy and shaper. And, importantly, why not John Prine?

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daner

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Originally posted by: tom

First, magic board are born, not duplicated. Good luck! Second, Neilson as great guy and shaper. And, importantly, why not John Prine?


Twenty years ago I tried a buddy of mine's Funshape. Some old timers may recognize the shaper whose boards were called "Pineapple." The second I got on it I loved it. I took it to our local shaper Eric Swanson of Inner Rhythm and he copied it. It was true to the original and that has been my "magic board" for 20 years. So I agree, magic boards are born, but they CAN be cloned. Unfortunately Eric is not able to commit to making me a 2nd clone at this time.

Only in the last year or so I've noticed a decline in the board's character primarily it getting heavier. So yes, I want the characteristics of when it was new. No need for the shaper to work it over with a ball-peen hammer!



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Cole

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Originally posted by: daner

Yes I realize there are alot of great shapers in our area, but specifically someone who has the experience and time to make a copy rather than make their own designs. Thanks!


Bruce Reagan. The board will be exactly the same. I don't know how it does it, but he does.
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jdbman

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Bruce of QF, I have had him make copies of boards several times.

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Staytrue

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It will never be the same, never! That board could have been scanned in to a machine then recreated with exact dimensions stringer and glassing and it would still not be exact. It would be similar and have attributes of the original. If you want something close see Tom Neilson.
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Quadro

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Do you want to clone the board or the ride? No way you can precisely recreate the original board between the mix of shapes, materials, techniques and environment. I vote Chris Birch if you want a sick board but the other shapers make great boards as well. https://www.surfboardsbychrisbirch.com/

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CF

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I am definitely on the Neilson bandwagon! I have three of his custom boards and love riding all of them.
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