Welcome to the latest edition of the Surf Neutral Board of the Week introducing number 19, a slick shortboard that's sure to shred. This bad boy was crafted by a dude who also knows his stuff, nestled in the vineyards of the Southern suburbs of Cape Town. Let me tell ya, his boards are the real deal so, if you're in the market for a new board, give a shout to Marc, you won't be disappointed.
But that's not all, We want you to get to know more about Marc and his epic boards, so stick around and read on to learn more!
We are presenting this epic shortboard. A board that is made with EPS technology and is the perfect balance of agility and stability, with a round tail for a smooth and responsive ride it is equipped with a twin fin setup that is Futures compatible, letting the rider customize their fin setup and sizes. The 4+4oz top and 6oz bottom fiberglass ensure durability and strength and epoxy resin gives it a sleek and environmentally friendly finish. The water paper finish adds to the board's aesthetic appeal. The unique feature of this board are the channels, they compress water through the curve of the tail rocker, giving the board more speed and making it ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers.
The inlay design is both beautiful and functional, providing a one-of-a-kind ride. This surfboard quickly becomes a favorite among beginner and intermediate surfers, and it is sure to turn heads out in the water.
Marc van der Merwe
Meet Marc, a 28-year-old surfer and shaper from South Africa. He's been surfing since 2002 and started shaping his own boards in 2017.
He quickly became a full-time shaper and now dedicates all his time and energy to creating the perfect wave-riding machines, with an environmentally-friendly approach. He started shaping with the idea of making boards that rival the performance of modern construction while being environmentally friendly. He began by shaping hollow wooden boards and quickly moved on to upcycling old boards such as snapped longboards and learn to surf boards, finishing them with cork and a wooden veneer. However, he still wanted something more lively and loose, so he started shaping standard custom EPS Epoxy boards. He continues to upcycle old boards while also working on custom EPS Epoxy boards. His inspiration comes from his friends and his lifelong love for surfing.
Marc creates custom models by hand, but for repetition work, he uses a machine for efficiency and does his own glassing. This legend can shape any type of blank presented to him. His boards are sought after by surfers of all skill levels while being respected in the local surfing community for his passion, commitment, and environmentally-friendly approach to shaping the perfect boards.
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