Diogo Appleton SurfCraft
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Casa do Pico  Photo: Rita Ferro Alvim

Casa do Pico

Photo: Rita Ferro Alvim

From an early young age when i had to study for an exam my Mum used to ask me, "how much happier would you be if you were studying for an exam about surfing?", my eyes used to sparkle for a second, with a smile on my face both would know the answer, but after that second was gone i was looking to a book wishing someone could actually teach me the surf history for an instance, so i dedicated all my personal projects at school to surfing and I would put all my work and effort to show my interest for something that i truly believed.

My commitment with school was simple, i just had to do enough work to pass the year, so one day i could finally dedicate myself 100% to surfing. Something i did when i turned 20 years old and became a full time surfer, that was my job, surf 3 times everyday, no matter what, travel for freesurf but mostly to compete, i never set the goal to qualify for the world tour but i guess that was what i was working for, competition never satisfied my surfing needs although i was sticking to the plan of living as a surfer, so i kept doing contests until i had a break down, i was done with competition and pretty much done with high performance surfing. So after a couple months i have applied for a 3 month visa in Australia in 2014.

I was in school again, this time my kind of school, talking to shapers, surfshop owners, learning about board design and fin placement, all that stuff that does not really happen in the community where i live. Things were different, not better but different, the passion for surfing was genuine not a business, and the surfing knowledge was unreal. Soon i started to surf with finless, fishes, logs, asymmetrical boards you name it, it looked like they were 20 years ahead of what i knew surfing was all about. 

At top of this, they believed the craft of making surfboards should be built by hand and to encourage to be part of the all process on how to make a board not supporting heavy manufacturing. meaning small production is all about quality and dedication. It takes time to handshape a board they said, so you want to make sure the board is well shaped and your clients money is well spent. This reflects the enthusiasm between customer and shaper. The right contact of proximity makes sure the work is the perfect suit for your customer needs and requests.So i had almost everything figured out to what my next involvement with surfing was, before going back home i called my dad and told him i wanted to start building boards.

My dad use to handshape surfboards back in the 80´s, building truly amazing boards. I grew up with him making surfboards in our garage but that was the end of his relation with surf, i never had a board handshaped by him until 4 years ago time but the team riders he used to sponsor were more than pleased with his work back in the day and i knew that, so i could not wait to get started to learn from him.

Learning how to use your hands to build something from scratch fascinated me, i was experienced the truly way to make a surfboard and that was priceless. My references about surfing soon started to go towards to the shapers and not surfers anymore, i was finally chasing something i could related to 100%. It was just a matter of time to find my style and improve my skills of shaping to a level i could finally be confident enough to start selling.  

As a professional surfer and shaper i find easy to understand the needs to what goes into order a new surfboard and customize it to the customer taste and also to answer all the questions you might have.

Australia came out to be the best investment i have ever made until today, so i hope all my shaping knowledge/skill and my experience as a professional surfer can help me to put your name on your next surfboard.