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PJ Wahl, Surfboard shaper 

Central Coast Surfboards, 855 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, 541-1129 --Pancho's Surf Shop, 181 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, 773-7100

NEW TIMES: What inspired you to become a surfboard shaper?

WAHL: Originally, in the ‘60s, my brother and I made surfboards for ourselves. The first surfboard I made was when I was still in high school. When our friends found out that we made our own surfboards they started to come to us to make and shape their own boards. Throughout the years I’ve traveled around the globe surfing and when I came back to my home in the Central Coast, I built up a reputation and decided to turn my talent of shaping into a business.


NEW TIMES: How long does it typically take to create a surfboard?

WAHL: The curing process can take quite some time. Since you have to apply multiple coats of laminate it can take a couple of weeks to finish the surfboard. You must make sure that each laminate dries properly.

NEW TIMES: What are some tips for surfers who are choosing their first surfboard?


WAHL: Usually, I tell people to keep floatation in mind. You want to make sure the board is the right size for you. Depending on your body build such as height and weight, you might want to get a smaller or larger board to help you catch the waves. If you happen to be buying a used surfboard, make sure you go over the board carefully so you don’t overlook any damage.

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