Shaper FAQ’s with Jon Mangiagli:
Where are you shaping and surfing?
I’m shaping and glassing all my boards in Hermosa Beach. I live in Hermosa so I'll surf here when there’s waves. If Hermosa isn’t good I’ll drive up to Malibu or Palos Verdes.
What year did you start shaping?
I started shaping myself boards when I was in high school, 2005 or 2006. After I moved home from college, I started working at my Dad’s surfboard factory until I was able to turn making surfboards into a full time job.
What are you currently riding?
Right now I have 9’6 pig, an 8’ egg, a 5’10 twin pin, and a 5’8 twin fish.
What trends have you noticed in board design recently?
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of twin fins. It's sweet, they’re so much fun to ride.
What’s your shaping philosophy?
I want something that goes fast and that I can put on rail.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
All the surfboard builders that’ve come out of Hermosa.
What do you consider to be your expertise?
I like making mid size eggs and smaller boards, like fishes and twin pins, that work well at the beaches by me.