Over the past weekend, October 28-31, the Valpo Surf Project led a group of nine participants and four volunteers to Chile’s surfing capital Pichilemu for a hands on board shaping tutorial. Working with local shaper Mauricio Donoso, who shapes under the label Schiestl Chile Surf Boards, the students took turns in the shaping room to draw and cut out the board template, carve out bottom contours, and foil rails to make the first collaborative VSP custom surfboard. When they weren’t in the shaping room, the kids got to know the city of Pichilemu with their chaperones, checked out the famous Punta de Lobos, and got to surf the inside sections at Punta de Lobos and Puntilla. At the end of the trip, we arrived back in Valparaíso with a beautifully shaped board (6′.0″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 3/8”) ready to be painted and glassed.
Everyone had a blast during the trip and its success was made possible by the volunteers and supporters who contributed their time, skills, and materials to this project. Thank you very much to George Ordenes from Surfer’s Paradise Surf Shop for donating the polyurethane blank, Mauricio Donoso of Schiestl Chile Surf Boards for taking the time and patience to share his board knowledge and shaping room to guide VSP in this process, Juliana Lipp from Aventurate Programa for filming, our volunteer chaperones Fernanda Vallade, Anita Vargas, Alexandria Alberto, and Hannah Emerson, and of course all of the VSP participants for making this trip so awesome.