5'9” TIM STAMPS BANJO FISH
Shaper FAQ’s with Tim Stamps:
Where are you shaping and surfing?
My factory is in Westminster, CA, which is just in from Huntington Beach. I’m mainly surfing in the north Orange County region from Seal Beach (where I grew up) down to Newport. I mainly wander around this zone and go where the swell direction tells me.
What year did you start shaping?
I shaped my first board in the winter of 1988-89. I don’t know exactly when, but I had already been working on boards for a few years — sanding, glassing, painting, dings — and this is when I was taught the basics of shaping.
What are you currently riding?
I’m always riding different things. I like to keep it fresh and fun. I’ve mostly been riding shorter hybrid ‘performance’ shapes, fishy quads, and my Sultan egg and Javelina log here and there.
What trends have you noticed in board design recently?
I see the continuing trend of boards being built for people to have fun on…in all shapes and sizes!
What’s your shaping philosophy?
Clean, elegant curves and design principles that all work together for the desired ride and approach to the wave.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
I was taught to shape and mentored by Rich Harbour (and I still work with him to this day). I’ve been fortunate to work with and be friends with many of the world’s top shapers and designers, seen some of the worst shapes as well, and have taught a couple people to shape — all of which have influenced me in some way. At this stage, it’s not really about who, but more about what influences me, and that is how I see waves, how they want to be ridden, and blending all of that into new inspiring shapes and designs.
What do you consider to be your expertise?
I consider my expertise to be my diversity in what I ride and what I shape, and the diversity of the people I shape for.