Okay, so nobody else rates Dogs Bollocks?
Or even remembers them? Oh well, I guess I'd better go for some more recent shapers/brands..... some of whose boards I've tried, and some I hope to try one day.
Chris Christenson, for shaping pretty much anything, and doing it well.
Campbell Bros. for sticking with the Bonzer through the years and coming up with the design in the first place. Magic boards.
Jeff McCallum for taking all the history and knowledge from his area and keeping it evolving. Great range of shapes.
Josh Hall, for being a really talented shaper, and keeping the lineage going.
Ryan Burch, for trying something different.
All the "hydrodynamica" shapers, for also trying something different, that obviously works.
Roy Stewart, just for being himself, and pushing lots of peoples buttons!
Pete Ryan, for making the best Compsands in the U.K., and for fixing my fin for me for free!
Manny Caro of Mandala, for making such great looking shapes.
Marc Andreini, for the speed/fun of the Vaquero.
Brian Hilbers....for the Hull influenced designs.
Spence kellogg/Paul Gross.... for reinterpreting "Sam", and their other Hulls.
Danny Hess, for making boards that last.
Nine Lights, for making boards that last.
Pete Ryan (again) for making boards that last.
Timberline, for making boards that last.
Ah, you know what?.... There are just too many great shapers out there to include all my favourites. There are enough great shapers to keep everyone happy.... But what about the materials that the boards are made from? Shit blanks and boards with a life of 6 months/1 year.... surely there's got to be more interest/investment in boards made from materials that LAST???