A Look Inside Dan Taylor Surfboards

August 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The last couple years, I've been collecting images of Dan Taylor shaping, glassing, sanding, and all other sorts of things that go into the customization of surfboard making. I'm lucky enough to have a solid relationship with this dude, and experience a "behind the scenes" look at how his art form is created and put to use. I just came back off a shoot documenting his steps of shaping a surfboard from a solid surfboard blank. Custom boards take about an hour to mold, that is, if you're good at it.  It's starts with planing, scratching, sanding, and using a ton of different tools (I don't know the names of) to form a surfboard that fits a certain persons' height, weight, and surfing preference. That's just the tip of the iceberg, and it takes shapers years to master the design of surfboards. Dan's been shaping for over 30 years, and it's an experience to watch him work and create an art that not too many people can do well. So, here's a couple images of a board he's creating for a new model he thinks might become, "a surfer's magic carpet ride."  

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