Released in 1996 Shaping 101 with John Carper was the first training film to teach surfboard shaping taught by a professional shaper. Shaping 101 has taught surfers world wide how to turn a rough blank into a refined foil ready to glass. Available in several languages this 96 minute instructional dvd is a true surfing film. Not only do you learn from John Carper, one of the world’s top shapers, you also see JC boards in action surfed by the JC Hawaii surf team lead by Shane Dorian.
This dvd is professionally authored giving the viewer the opportunity to skip the several 3-5 minute surf videos if desired by forwarding to the next chapter. The program was produced with top grade tv cameras, lights and microphones giving it the appearance of a typical cable tv program. The instruction is shown in a top surfboard factory but the concepts apply no matter where you set up your racks. “Shaping 101” starts with the tools you need and how to use them. JC shows you how to make a tool that he and Dave Parmenter invented to insure that your rails have the correct angle on the “tucked under edge”. John then shows you how to select a blank followed by a lesson in templating and then step by step instructs you how to reproduce your designs perfectly every time. The teaching includes graphics and animations to make the concepts easy to understand. You will learn how to shape surfboards the right way, quickly and efficiently. Shaping 101 is $30 plus $7 shipping within the US & $14 shipped outside the US. Please send a request to and a PayPal Money request will be emailed back. All orders will be shipped within 5 working days. Thank you.
Reviews are below from Surfer Magazine and Pacific Longboarder
“Prolific Hawaiian foam carver John Carper provides a knowledgeable, humorous narration as he goes step by step through the process of turning a rough blank into a refined foil. He starts with a description of the various tools, stresses safety, then shows that shaping is a combination of exact measurement, educated guesses and experience. Carper’s instruction is as sure as his planing skills, the sound and video are clean and the graphics are first class. This is a professional effort, enhanced by hot surfing by Shane Dorian, Adam Replogle, Chris Gallagher, and other JC riders putting his foils to the test. Should you get a copy? Yes every surfer should watch it at least once.”
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, John Carper is considered one of the top shapers in the world. Working with many of the elite pro surfers on the ASP Tour, JC has translated high performance needs into shapes that have built him a reputation for cutting edge, core designs worldwide.His beginnings start with studying the great legendary shapers such as Greg Noll, Nat Young, Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer, Rick Irons Sr., Ben Aipa, Bill Barnfield, Rusty Preisendorfer, Pat Rawson, and Glen Minami. Adding to this, over the course of thirty years John has worked for such notable surfboard companies as Surfboards Hawaii, Lightning Bolt, Island Fusion, Rusty and Hawaiian Island Creations. Like all great artists, however, John has carved his own path that has led to two World Championships, boards for 60 foot waves at Jaws, to shaping boards for virtually every professional surfer alive.