To be honest I wasn’t sure how much interest Sharon would have in surfing:
- it’s the hardest sport I’ve tried to learn
- the season around here is fall/winter
- the Pacific Ocean is cold
- she has circulation problems that tend to limit her cold weather exposure
- it’s physically exhausting like nothing else I do
So I have to say it’s awesome that she loves surfing and with the right wetsuit seems fine in the cold water. I bought her an inexpensive surfboard [8’4″ Bic Surf] from a surf school in Tofino so she’d have something to ride when she came out occasionally. She ended up wanting to surf at every opportunity so we sold that board to a friend who needs a low cost way to get into the sport and Sharon decided to reward herself with a new longboard better suited to her needs and developing skills.
I figured we’d keep looking around for a deal that fit her reasonably well and jump on it when one crossed our path. I was a bit surprised when we chatted with Jason at Island Shaper as I dropped off my Walden for repair that he would make Sharon a custom longboard for $625cdn. That includes custom hand made graphics as well as a length and shape made to order. Give I paid $900+ for a production board that’s a deal.
Sharon is working on her board’s graphic design while Jason shapes the foam black for her. If all goes well when I get back from Baja Sharon will have a sweet new board of her own to ride. Besides being better suited to ger than the school board it’s cool that she’ll be on a board made by a local Victoria BC area surfer.
Jason specializes in longboards and SUPs so one of these days I’ll probably get my own custom board.