Shaper FAQ’s with Hank Warner:
What are you shaping and surfing?
I shape at Diamond Glassing in San Diego. I surf mostly the reefs of Bird Rock and Pacific Beach, low tide at Sunset Cliffs.
What year did you start shaping?
I shaped my first surfboard in 1967. It’s been my sole occupation since 1973.
What are you currently riding?
I ride a variation of the Hydrodynamica Mini Simmons, I put double wings and a soft diamond tail to give the design a more beachbreak friendly attitude. Also, a quad or tri-fin option…It’s a POWER HULL!
What trends have you noticed in board design recently?
The trends are all over the place — extreme longboards, multi-finned options on shorties. The most unique has been the wakeboard influenced rectangle outline with squared swallows and noses. Just showing that one could ride anything if the desire is there, much like the late ’60s and early ’70s when extremes were pushed and tested that resulted the the Lis Fish genre.
What’s your shaping philosophy?
My main approach to shaping customs is to gather as much info from the surfer and tailor the shape to meet their expectations.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
I think all of the shapers reflect what is being sought in a particular genre. I’ve worked with Skip Frye, Mike Eaton, Terry Fitzgerald, Steve Pendarvis, Bob Mitsven, Stu Kenson, Bill Caster — but the person that taught me the science of shaping any surfboard was Paul Borderi.
What do you consider to be your expertise?
My particular expertise is probably being open to any design that someone wants, being that they are able to articulate what, why, and how they want their shape to perform. If they make sense, I go for it. Knowing the variables of surfing conditions and board designs, I can put everything together on each shape.
Any additional comments?
Hank Warner 63 years-old and still riding 6 footers…and everything thing else up to 9’4″!