Michel shapes all of his boards on the West Side of Santa Cruz at:
815 Almar Avenue #8
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
If you need directions to the factory and the small retail space or have questions about a new or used board in stock, or would like to set up a shaping appointment, please call Michel at 831 427-0712.
How do you ship boards?
For shipping to central and Southern California, we often use Action Sports Express. Rates are between $50 and $100 depending on length of board. Many of our clients in other parts of California plan a trip to Santa Cruz to pick up their boards and sample the plentiful waves in this part of the state.
For domestic out of state shipments we use air cargo, which means airport to airport. We normally don't ship internationally, but will deal with each situation individually. The costs vary depending on the size and weight of the packed board, along with the destination.
Michel shapes every board. There are no “ghost shapers”. Many of Michel's models are cut on the KKL CNC machine, which he thinks is the best and most accurate contemporary machine available. He then hand-finishes each of these models to ensure every nuance and detail of the board.
What is the normal turnaround on a custom board?
Normal time is around 4 to 5 weeks, unless you order a custom blank/stringer arrangement, or if we don’t have a certain size blank in inventory. Because we use US Blanks from Southern California, the truck delivers to us here in Santa Cruz every 2 to 3 weeks. Also, large orders could take 4 to 5 weeks depending on the numbers.
Can I tell Michel exactly what I want for colors?
Yes, Michel has his own glass shop, so each board gets his personal care. He will always discuss the color ideas with you and make sure you get the glass job you want.
Can I pick up the board when it's done?
Yes, you can always pick up a board at my factory. I have a small retail area with boards, fins, leashes and board bags for sale. I also meet personally for shaping appointments at my factory. I am located on the West Side of Santa Cruz at 815 Almar Avenue #8, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. If you need directions or would like to set up a shaping appointment, please call me at 831 427-0712.