Neal Purchase Jnr on the Art of Shaping


Neal Purchase Jnr’s path into surfing was pretty much predetermined from birth.

The son of legendary Australian shaper and surfer Neal Purchase, he grew up competing in comps before finding his groove as a free surfer and shaper. As most in the surfing world will know, his skills in the water are equal to that of his expertise in the shaping bay, where he’s spent years refining classic design, creating some of the most enviable surf craft around.

A new video from director Lincoln Caplice captures Neal’s experiences growing up with a shaper father, and his approach to designing boards that’d look just at home hanging on your wall as they do in the water. ‘My influence in shaping is probably a more modern and refined take on the 70s and 80s,’ Neal says in the clip. ‘Everyone was just getting pop-out machine cuts and pretty uninspiring kind of shapes; whereas guys like Gerry Lopez, Wayne Lynch and Mark Richards, those guys were making their own equipment and surfing the way they want to surf, and it becomes a pure art form because you’re working on it from the ground up.’

Shot entirely on Kodak Super 16 film and scored by Neal himself—nothing he can’t do, it appears—the video is now available for your viewing pleasure up above.

Director: Lincoln Caplice
Production Company: Mojave Productions
Producer: Harrison Mark
Director of Photography: Andrew Gough
First Camera Assistant: Bruce Truong
Gaffer: Glenn Jones
Editor: Lucas Vasquez
Music: Neal Purchase Jnr
Sound Design: Thom Pringle
Colourist: Fergus Rotheram
Flame Operator: Mikey Brown, Fin Design + FX
Special Thanks: Lemac Australia, Filmstock

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