SHAPING, THE ART OF HAND MADE

A lover of any variation of surf understands full well the difference between riding the waves on a standard board, or riding with a customized one.

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The artisans always tries to make their next board be the perfect board. A unique model, custom made; like a carpenter or a tailor, but with a much more technical product. This is why the first decision before buying a board should always be choosing between standard or made-to-order.

Tarifa, the small town in southern Spain, has some of the most renowned board shapers in the world. Let’s meet some of them:

Rick Shapes is an Uruguayan who settled in Spain in 1983. He is the man behind Gisela Pulido’s boards, the tarife├▒a 10 times world kitesurf champion.

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Heading Tarifa Fin Company is Bob the English, the only artisan in the world who still make the fins of its board by hand.

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Finally, we have Dani Vallejo, the person responsible of having Fly Cat make the most spectacular boards on the planet. The attention, details and finish of all of his boards have made professional riders such as Jaime Herraiz their board of choice for all of their competitions.

Standard or made-to-order? You choose.

3 SPOTS IN FORMENTERA

Ibiza’s younger sister, Formentera is the ideal escape for those who prefer easy beach strolls and moped adventures over the glitzy clubs of Ibiza. Barely 20 kilometers long, it is home to some of the Mediterranean’s most ravishing beaches.

In this small island, our first recommendation is a petite hotel, Es Mares, in San Francisco Javier with barely 20 rooms. A perfect corner in a perfect island.

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Moped to Cap Barbaria
The southernmost tip of the island is home to an incredible view and its famous lighthouse. Rent a moped and head out to discover one of Formentera’s signature spots.

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No summer without a kiss: Beso Beach
On Ses Salines, whether you are in the mood for lunch, dinner, drinks or fun, there is no better choice that Beso’s little beach club. Enjoy the wonders of the Mediterranean!

Beso

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