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Self Shape Contest

Donald Brink

It's a fun way to look at just how special surfing and the craft can be and puts extra emphasis on the subtle nuances on the magic sleds one gets along this surfing life's path and how special they really are. 

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Make your own fns

Donald Brink

I began this little project after the inquiry from a customer. My neighbor walked into the workshop in the afternoon and with puzzled sums in his mind quickly realized what I was making. "Why?"  he said with a suggestion of the time and place we live in fueled by the consumerist norm in our society. I was making a wooden FCS fin. Sure looked pretty but why?

We both knew this could be bought and easily replaced. What was worth more discussing was how sometimes one has to do things that you usually don't simply to keep it fresh and take on the challenge to see if you can.

We both agreed that just because you can do something you shouldn't necessarily be doing it, but equally important, I suggest sometimes its simply being creative that brings a balance and understanding to our days. 

Being creative seems easy to many, the higher grade level could be being creative with your time, that is a challenge for anyone and has the masters thereof gleaning its foretold rewards.

Task: Make a removable FCS style fin at specific dimensions our of wood. Here are some images of the progress along the way.

Don't forget to enter the upcoming creator contest put on by Vissla. Challenging you the wave conscious to up-cycle trash into a wave riding craft. Details and rules in video below.

Fancy Fins

Donald Brink


The art and crafts of surfboards are a beautiful and diverse. 

The value of design can inspire, perform and cohesively play a role better than alternative options.  

When functional design meets the vision of an artists eye, the story continues to grow deep.  

Here are some fins for winners with Vissla's board short patterns laid in.  

Kwazulu Natal, Skeleton Coast and Petaluma Styles.  

Upcycled Coconut stretch Boardshorts. Innovative design and creative direction. I don't make board shorts but wake up daily with  similar demands of design and detail as I pursue excellence in the craft.

Where do you enjoy design? Love to hear about it.

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