Shaper FAQ’s with Joe Falcone:
Where are you shaping and surfing?
I’ve been mostly shaping keel fish, single fins (long and short), thrusters and twin fins. I’ve also been playing around with some more experimental asymmetrical and finless stuff. I only make what I like to ride. That’s always the best policy for me.
What year did you start shaping?
I started shaping in 2002-2003. My first board (like many other shapers) was a stripped down longboard that I reshaped into a fish. It was absolute dog shit. What are you currently riding? Thrusters and Twinnies (high aspect kine) are pretty much my “go to” board for right now. However I usually go down the beach with a fish and this 7’ single fin transition board. With those 3 options I’m usually well enough prepared. I like to make it a point to ride everything that interests me.
What trends have you noticed in board design recently?
Everywhere you look someone’s got a chopped nose and nearly parallel rails. I think if I see another TOMO “Vanguard” regurgitation my heads going to explode. Word to the wise — if you want a TOMO order a TOMO.
What’s your shaping philosophy?
Work hard, stay true to yourself, chase the feeling you’re looking for and do it for the right reasons… that’s a philosophy which works no matter where you apply it.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
I’ve got a few. I’ve learned amazing technical stuff from Josh Hall, Manny Caro and Ellis Ericson (all surgeons with a planer) but Andrew Kidman taught me how to REALLY SEE what I’m looking at. He goes straight after it, and each step in the process lacks the polish and sheen that some of the other guys I’ve worked with but the final product is always perfect.
What do you consider to be your expertise?
I’m not claiming any expertise because I’ve still got a lot to learn. I make a lot of Twin Keel fish and I’ve been getting a lot of amazing feedback on them over the past few years. I’ve definitely got my formula to make them work well. For me its all about the steps you can take or the design changes you can implement to draw more performance out of the board.
Read our interview with shaper Joe Falcone here.