The Shaper District: Surfboard Shaper Mecca in Oceanside

Famous for having the most consistent surf conditions in Southern California, Oceanside is the ideal location to have a custom surfboard made just for you. Have your pick from over a dozen surfboard manufacturers, many of which build their creations in an area called “Shaper’s Alley.” Oceanside has been at the forefront of surfboard design and manufacturing since the 1950s and is home to popular and well-known shapers such as Donald Takayama, Gary Linden (Linden Surfboards), Michael Baron (Byrne Surfboards), Jason Bennett (Chemistry Surfboards), Javier Huarcaya (XTR), Hank Byzak (Pure Fun Longboards), and Pat Mulhern (BYB Surfboards).

Surfboard Shapers in Oceanside

Surfing in Oceanside

Oceanside has an old school beach vibe with an eclectic mixture of interests and hobbies. But Oceanside is well known for its many spots to paddle out including the harbor, pier, and surrounding beach breaks.  With good swell exposure, you can usually find something to surf at most points in the year.  If the waves are garbage, there’s is a variety of post surf burrito and taco along Coast Highway to fill you up. Learn more about surfing in Oceanside and the local surf culture.

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Meet the Masters of Shaping

In 2012, Surfline put a spotlight on the local surfboard shapers, highlighting not only their creative talents but what they love about surfing and their favorite things to do in and around Oceanside.  Get to know some of the famous artisan shapers by reading the complete Surfline article. 

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