From the first board-shaping school.
The art of hand-shaping surfboards is being threatened by machines. Shaper Studios is changing that. The Mission Valley shaping school is allowing everyday surfers the chance to glass and paint what they ride. We drop in on owner Chris Clark, who says the studio is luring everyone from pros to groms to surf companies and bands like Foster the People.
“It’s impossible to compare surfboard shaping to anything else,” says Clark, an SDSU MBA grad student and entrepreneur who is creating a unique blend of retail and DIY manufacturing at Shaper Studios.
“Surfing is only half of surfing. The other half is making your own surfboard. When people leave here with a board they can ride, that they make with their own hands, it changes surfing and their experience with the sport forever.”
But what about people who are power-tool-phobic?
We are with you the whole time. We just taught a 12-year-old girl to use a planer (a power tool with sharp blades).
So it’s not just a bro-fest?
No way! We just did a series with French pro Margaux Arramon-Tucoo. We entered a film of her shaping at a local film fest.
Surfboards are some of the most toxic toys.
We use Marko recyclable EPS foam. We also use epoxy resins, which are odorless and have zero VOCs. It doesn’t smell in here so you can even glass your board without wearinga mask.
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Uniting their forces, three local universities are bringing the Dalai Lama to San Diego in April for a series of talks on topics ranging from global climate change to religious harmony. This will be the spiritual leader’s first official visit to San Diego.
Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama, the supreme religious head of Tibet. He has lived in India since 1959, having fled his native land after Chinese troops defeated rebels trying to establish an independent Tibet. Now 76, the Dalai Lama remains a prolific writer — his most recent book, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” was published in December — and still spends up to 10 months a year on the road.
He’s also a pop culture force, followed by celebrities and more than 3.4 million people on Twitter. Yet the Dalai Lama has never been to San Diego, outside of a brief stop more than 20 years ago to meet privately with local Buddhist monks.
His April visit will be the second stop in a 12-day North American tour, which will begin in Hawaii and include events in Los Angeles; Rochester, Minn.; and Canada.
via UT San Diego