7’0″ ELLIS ERICSON TRANSITION
Shaper FAQ’s with Ellis Ericson:
Where are you shaping and surfing?
A little bit of everywhere. I just got back from a stint through Europe and the United States, but now I’m back at my house in Bali — shaping from my studio over here and surfing the various islands of Indonesia.
What year did you start shaping?
I’d always been around shaping surfboards as my father has always been a shaper. He always made my boards, and would drill me to fix my own dings and repairs, wet sand my board etc. But the first board I shaped by myself unassisted was around February 2009.
What are you currently riding?
It changes as frequently as the surf in Indonesia, I have a huge variety of waves to test equipment in. I’ve been having fun with a late ’80s bonzer that I’m learning a lot from, and I’ve been working hard on some of my twin fin designs, as well as harmonizing some of my single fin templates and rockers.
What trends have you noticed in board design recently?
It depends on which side of the surfboard industry you are talking about — I’m not really one to comment on it as I don’t really look toward trending design topics. I hope that the trend prevailing is functional surfboards over fashionable surfboards.
What’s your shaping philosophy?
To early in my shaping career for a philosophy but something based on being comfortable, accurate and efficient with a planer.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
My father Bruce Ericson.
What do you consider to be your expertise?
At age 24, I feel so far from having an expertise on anything in my life. Although I’m grateful I have a surfing ability that allows me to test my boards to their potential, and that I have been passed the knowledge to create a surfboard with my own hands.
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