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Surfing has been around in its more-or-less modern form for about a century, and still, the best surfboards are made not by machine, but by the hand, the sweat of the brow. Ryan Lovelace, the craftsman in this short, began his shaping career by tarping off his apartment balcony in Santa Barbara and clumsily cutting foam into a surfboard. Many years and thousands of surfboards later, he makes some of the most elegant, unusual, and sought-after boards in the country. This Morgan Maassen-directed film features Lovelace and his muse, Trevor Gordon, showing both ends of the hand-shaped surfboard lifecycle: the shaping and the ripping.

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