The illiterate of the 21st century...
...will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler
The lady who doesn't moan at you whenever you want to go for a surf or tells you not to buy another surfboard or when you're on your family holiday, puts up with you nipping off for a 'quick' surf, is an absolute keeper in my eyes!!
It may have something to do with the fact we work together every day and she can't wait to see the back of me but I love her to bits either way.
The art of making a surfboard has, over the years become more mechanized and more computerized and with it the skill of the craftsman may have begun to ebb. Nevertheless, in North Devon, the art of surfboard making seems to be at a high. Tucked away in sheds and garages there are a number of shapers who, despite rising costs and consumer demand remain set on producing hand crafted surfboards.
In years gone by the shaping shed was the hub of activity in the surfing community but the proliferation of the surf shop, imports and more recently the internet, has helped change the face of surfing’s culture but if you catch the factory on the right day (which seemed to be Wednesdays) it still feels like the old days.