Outside: The Women Keeping the Art of Surfboard Making Alive

Hello, there! What an honor it is to be featured in this beautiful photo essay by Regina Nicolardi, published in Outside magazine. Below are excerpts and portraits by Regina.

Excerpt from the story:

“As the surfboard industry moves toward prefabricated, machine-cut mass production, hand-shaping surfboards keeps it tied to its roots. Masters at their craft, these four women—Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Valerie Duprat, Cher Pendarvis, and Dewi Malopsy—represent a small handful of female board builders who prefer making boards (which range in style from the classic San Diego fish to long nose-riders to big-wave guns) the old-fashioned way.

At age 13, Cher Pendarvis caught her first wave on a wooden paddleboard that she borrowed from a lifeguard. Today, fifty-some years later, she’s a revered pioneer of women’s surfing. She and her husband, Steve, are the team behind Pendo and Pendoflex Surfboards in San Diego. Pendarvis is a shaper, artist, and glasser. She was the first female team rider and shaper for Channin Surfboards and the first female staff member at Surfing magazine, hired as an art associate. Pendarvis continues to contribute to various outlets, has published several books, and is an award-winning artist. For her surfboard designs, she likes to paint using colors inspired by nature. “I am grateful for the life we live with the ocean,” she says. “It is pure joy to make boards by hand to be ridden on the waves.”

Link to full story click here.

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