Friday, December 13, 2019

Custom Longboard San Clemente Shaper Paul Carter

This is a custom ordered blank by usblanks.   A solid basswood wedge stringer which gives strength and a one of kind look.
I Hand shaped this board for waist to shoulder high waves to cruise and carve in the pocket when available.
I went with a little light glass on this board using 4/4 top and 4 bottom.  I like to knee paddle for a few reasons so I went with a nice looking knee patch.

Surfboards San Clemente California by Paul Carter
Handshaped hand painted by Paul Carter 11-19
This has been in the works for awhile and I decided to go with a glass on fin with a clean round pin for smoother turns and nose riding.

Custom made Surfboards by Paul Carter
Paul Carter Surfboards 11-19
I went with a 9 inch fin and with the abstract art and a hand painted the fin on both sides to complete to complete this one of kind surfboard.
Original art by Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter
Hand painted fin by Paul Carter 11-19
The fin like the board is 100% hand shaped and hand painted   The fin painting is called 24 hour dream.

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Hand painted surfboard fins by Paul Carter
Hand painted fin by Paul Carter 11-19

Saturday, November 09, 2019

San Clemente custom surfboards 2 in 1 by Paul Carter

Making of two custom handshaped Surfboards out of one blank.

These boards go back to the roots of wave riding from the islands.

San Clemente Surfboards
Hand shaped Surfboards by Paul Carter 11-19
 I used a 7’4 blank to best match the rocker and thickness I was after.  The blank is by usblanks out of Bashams in San Clemente,Ca.  I literally cut the blank in half.
Hand shaped hand made Surfboards by Paul Carter 11-19
This shot is how much of the thickness I had to cut down using an electric planer, from 3.1/8 down to 1.50 to 1.5/8.
Hand shaped Surfboards by Paul Carter 11-19
 This image shows the outlines which where rounded out and cleaned up.
Surfboards made by a Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter
Custom Surfboards by Paul Carter 11-19

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Custom handpainted fin for new surfboard by Paul Carter

Painting process of a new fin for a new 9’2 round pin glass in single fin in the works.

This is Painted on both sides,   a surfer dream perspective from my travels and inspiration.

San Clemente Surfboards & Art By Paul Carter
Painting a fin side 1 by Paul Carter 11-19

This called ( 24 hour dream)it will be glassed on a one of kind solid bass wood wedge stringer.
Surfboards and art by Paul Carter San Clemente
Painting a fin side 2 by Paul Carter 11-19

Keeping the fire stoked with inspired creativity for a new surfboards that is currently cut out and ready for the rough shaping process.
Custom made fun art by Paul Carter
Painting a fin by Paul Carter 11-19

This is a freehand painting,  using water based paint pens which gives me more freedom and detail.

Stay tuned for some photos of the completed surfboard showing this custom hand painted fin.

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Custom painted surfboard fin by Paul Carter
Hand paint surfboard fin by Paul Carter 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Riding the waves of creativity by Paul Carter

 A great morning surf with good friend the others day on my birthday.

Had some great waves of research and development on this hand shaped surfboard with many speed spots.

Growing up riding long and short boards and everything in between,  I have learned that each board has many speed spots.   

In this photo is one of those speed spots with balance and gravity and martial arts.
Test pilot Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter 10-19
Paul Carter surfing 10-19 R/D

Here is a surf dream freehand Painted on wood.  This is lighting up a home a some positve intentioned friends and people that are part of my tribe.
Istom hand painted art work by Paul Carter
Original art by Pail Carter 10-19

This is another time capsule of the testing and training with surfing.

Dropping in behind the peak and trimming down into the Power pocket of the wave while on the nose is a unique experience of speed and energy
 Surfing is limitless and shaping them is unlimited and only limited by ones perception.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Original freehand artwork on the journey by Paul Carter-060 #paulcarterart

A time capsule video of some of the latest art from 2003 to the present.

The fire gets stoked with surfing shaping and art and the whole creative process from the inside out.
Paul Carter surfer-shaper-artist 9-19

Here are some of the many paintings from the journey called life as a human being not a machine.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

New fish surfboard by Paul Carter 9-19

Hello guys thanks for taking the time to check out the blog journal on the journey of life.

Here is a 5'9 by 20.75 around 2.5/8 with a shallow swallow tail.
Custom Surfboards by Paul Carter 9-19
The cutting process with a hand saw,  yes a hand saw.  There is allot to be said about handmade and hand shaped anything for the matter.
Shaping surfboards by Paul Carter 9-19
The completed outline and shape of this fast fish.
Custom made Surfboards all sizes by Paul Carter
Fish surfboard by Paul Carter 9-19 
The beauty of curves and a swallow tail.
San Clemente surfboards & art by Paul Carter
custom surfboards by Paul Carter 9-19
The speed of concaves and the lift through airflow and water flow.  One must adapt and learn by doing the activities.

Keep the fire stoked and keep creating and staying connected to the dirt and water of the earth.
custom hand made surfboards by Paul Carter
custom surfboards by Paul Carter 9-19

Friday, September 06, 2019

Surfer Shaper Artist R/D by Paul Carter #paulcartersurfboards

Some research and development on a 9ft Hand Shaped, Hand Painted Surfboard.

My journey as a Surfer began between age 4-5 next to the jetty at doheny on a 10ft board.  

I Was pushed into a one foot wave and standing with my feet side by side going straight in the the sandy section of the beach.  

Well the fire was lit inside of my mind, spirit, body and soul and the journey began that day.

The ocean and the waves have been a source of facing my fears and healing my soul. 

When I began my journey hand shaping surfboards little did I know I was shaping my own life on many levels.

Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter 8-19
By Mike Muir 

A small day and staying light on my feet, letting the waves do the work for trim speed to do a quick pivot turn.

When I look at the surf shots. I am looking at many aspects a couple being the rail lines and the water lines off the rails.

I enjoy riding many types and styles of surfboards from 5’9 to 10-11ft.

Each board has a different trim speeds and turning spots and some have a few speed spot to tap into.
Paul Carter Surfboards and art 8-19
Surfer  Shaper Artist Paul Carter 8-19 ph-M.Miur

With hand shaping 100% I go through a mental journey to stay present and let go of the mental distractions that might pop up in the sculpting process.

These photos were shot 8-2019 by a long time friend Mike Muir and I am grateful for them.
san clemente surfboards & art by Paul Carter
Surfer-Shaper-Artist Paul Carter R/D 8-19 photo by M.Miur

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Custom artwork on surfboard fins by Paul Carter 8-19 #paulcarterart

When I started surfing at age  5 it was the beginning of an adventure with the sea and the many waves of change of growth and exploration and facing my fears and staying focused on my dreams and positive goals.

The first fin I painted was put on the second classic 3 stringer I hand shaped was around 94-95.
  It was glassed on the board directly with no box.  It was a 3 stringer at the time from Clark foam, all redwood stringers.   It was and still is a beautiful board with a classic antique Hawaiian painting on the fin. 

When I started painting in 2000 I was inspired to do so and I went for it and been at it ever since.   My journey began with the process of learning by doing. 

The first fin below is two sided using a paint pen and 100% freehand.
I have traveled to beautiful place with amazing waves and tropical and forest landscapes, this a surf dream from parts of my travels and a Surfers dream perspective with a right & left point break.
Freehand art by Paul Carter
Paul Carter freehand art 2019

Surf Shaper Artist craftsman Paul Carter
Custom freehand art in a surfboard fin by Paul Carter 2019
The abstract fin below is a great way to let go of trying to be perfect and to free oneself of the conditioning by learning by doing.   These fins look amazing in the sunlight and the colors and design go with the custom Surfboards that I hand shape.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Custom Surfboards By Paul Carter

The Surfboards below are 9ft on the left and 9’2 on the right.

The abstract board I rode for a couple months and it is an all around board for performance or cruising with some nice speed spots in the top half.   It has a nice curve in the tail for laying into tight turns when one is ready and willing.   

My friend Rob is now the owner of that board which weighs in around 13.5 lbs.

The blue tint board on the right is a nice combination of classic surfing and cruising with a solid stable rocker for nose riding and nice smooth turns.  That board weighs in around 15.5-16lbs.

That board was custom and hand shaped for Carolyn daughter of Rob and also the WSA west coast longboard champion.

San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter
Surfboards by Paul Carter 2019

This board is an 8’8 custom made for Chris to ride in chest high to overhead surf.
This board has a few speed spots and fun options.   The standard 3.50 sides with a 7” center is a great all around fin set up.

This is a 7’6 round pin tail with the future fins and is great with medium to large fins even the T-1 twin fins with the small center fin is great for waist to head high. 
This was made custom for Steve and the paddle and carving options.

Surfboards since 1993 by a Surfer Shaper Artist.

Proudly made in the USA

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Dream draw create and live the lifestyle by Paul Carter

As a surfer since age 5 it’s been a journey of growth on many levels

Through the single digits of youth into the double digits of the teen years to learn by doing.

The path into manhood and continuing to break through the many layers of unhealthy conditioning is a daily focus of becoming a healthy human with confidence not ego or fear.

Growing forward with faith and taking the steps with courage from the inside out one day one wave at a time is key.

I am inspired to share my journey and the experiences I have learned and continue to learn with those that resonate with them and are open to listen and learn.   

It is very empowering to share the positive selfless energy with all ages for the future generations.

 In one foot to  
 10 foot waves,  there is a freedom in facing the fears and to continue to grow through them and have fun by being totally present in the moment with positive perceptions.

I like to draw the surfboards to get a idea and a feel for what I am after before going into the shaping room to create them.

In the first drawing of surfboards the outlines are each unique and vary in dimensions starting from nose to the center down to the tail and even the width of the actual ends of the tails themselves.
San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter
Paul Carter Surfboards & Art 7-19

The nose outlines can be changed from a round nose into a semi pointed nose and everything in between made custom for you the customer.   

Round pin tails are smooth for all around surfing,  the pin tails are for hollower waves to really stay connected to the wave.  

As you get into the thumb tails and squash tails  and into square tails, each one will release quicker out of the turns.

This is a simple overview of the many types of board designs for your surfing style.

I began writing and drawing on my personal boards in the late 80s and it has evolved even more since  started hand shaping 1993. 

The sketch below is what I create for new commissions of art and ideas.  

These custom surfboards are for surfing or to hang in a home or a business to keep the fire stoked in ones life.  

San Clemente surfer shaper artist Paul Carter surf art 7-19
San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 7-19

The boards are 100% organic in the creative process and hand shaped and hand painted freehand no tracing or computer. 

                                    Some people call me old school and I call it New school.

One must stay connected to the roots of truly Hand made and using ones left and right brain and stay in the dirt to live a healthy life of longevity.

Thank you for taking the time and reading my creative journey to the live a healthy
lifestyle by choice not chance

                                              Learning by doing is the key to be truly free.

San Clemente surfer shaper artist Paul Carter
Original Art by Surfer,Shaper,Artist Paul Carter

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

San Clemente Handshaped Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter

A new custom hand shaped surfboard for R.L.

A board for all around waves for cruising or carving.

The colors represent the four directions from the Native American Indian tradition and of life.
SoCal Surfboards by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter 2019 
This board outline has many options in size and dimensions for all ages and individual ability and needs.
Craftsman custom Surfboards by Paul Carter 2019 San Clemente
Hand shaped Surfboards by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter
This is a custom longboard for M.O with his dimensions and rockers and bottom contours.
SoCal San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter
New custom for Michael by Paul Carter 2019 
Handshaped since 1993 as a Surfer Shaper Artist I build and create custom boards through experience and as a craftsman I build one of kind Surfboards and art for you.

I look forward to meeting you and creating your next board,  simply call for an appointment 949-370-5807.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Drawing to painting trestles on a fin by Paul Carter-059 #paulcarterart

A custom painted surfboard with art on both side showing the infamous trestles and positive reminders.

I am reminded as I write this post the empowering importance of not comparing ones art, life, surfing anything and everything to anyone else's life.

Keep creating with what you enjoy and continue to learn by doing daily.

Never give up or give in to the conditioned lies that are the distractions that hold all of us back from living and creating our dreams. 

San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter
Custom Hand Painted fin 2019 by Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 

San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter 2019 California
Custom surfboard fins by Paul Carter 2019

In the video I go through parts of the painting process and more.

Let go of the lies of ego and be aware of the thoughts you are having while reading and watching the video and looking at the photos and living your own life.

Why you ask,  with awareness you will see if you truly are focused on the positives or the negatives by being present in the moment and enjoying the moment.


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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Custom 8ft Shaped by a Surfer-Shaper-Artist 2019

Custom Hand Shaped San Clemente Surfboards & Art since 1993

A new 8ft board for some R/D which I have started in a overhead surf, the board paddles great and the planing speed is awesome and  accelerates through the turns when committed.
Custom Surfboards and art by Paul Carter
San Clemente Surfboards 2019
Surfer-Shaper-Artist Paul Carter 
Custom through many years of waves and thousands of surfboards handshaped by a Surfer Shaper Artist.
San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter
Custom Handshaped Surfboards by a Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 2019
I look forward to meeting and talking over your next custom board made for you and your ability and needs.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

surfboard fin drawing by Paul Carter

Painting a surfboard fin

I was recently commissioned by a long time friend C.M, we grew up surfing one of the magical surf breaks of Trestles.  

 He ask for a design around the infamous break called church,  hence the name church which was a stones throw away from the water back in a previous time capsule of Camp Pendleton.

This a perspective either from the bridge or the hill top.  There is a large palm tree on the north side of the bridge that was there in the early 1980s, along with many more just south.

I like to create a sketch of an idea before painting and this is the actual size of the fin and drawing which is a 9.5 inch fin.

When I start the painting I will adjust certain parts of the original drawing which is part of being totally present in the creative process.

Custom painted surfboard fins by Paul Carter 2019
Custom original art by Paul Carter 5-2019
 In the image below I use paint pens starting with white to layout the scene before diving into the multiple colors of the painting.

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Hand made in the USA surfboards and art by Paul Carter San Clemente,Ca
Painting process of a fin by Paul Carter
San Clemente, Ca 5-19

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Surf dream painting inspired in part by Thomas Kinkadet

I received a card in the past few months and I looked at it for a few minutes and I appreciated the art.

Like many artist from centuries before me, I was inspired by the art and put it aside and went on my way with the journey of life.  

Born in laguna beach California I have been a Surfer-Shaper-Artist all my life each evolving into the next and the next.

As you see from black and white to color, I have been inspired with the painting and drawing of clouds and the panoramic scene is a surfers dream or at least my own dream.

The journey continues to grow from the inside out the more I learn by doing.

Custom Surfboards and art by Paul Carter 2019
Original art by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter 2019

Inspired art by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter  2019

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Positive life reminders by Paul Carter

                  The journey continues from the inside out.  

Creating original art by being present is a test and a exercise for me to stay in the moment and create with an open mind.

The mind and body are very powerful and to learn by doing is the journey I have been on most of life.  
Be present-drawing by Paul Carter 4-2019

I have been on a journey to learn about the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and what separates them and how does one break through the many layers of conditioning that is pasted on from generation to generation both positive and negative without even realizing it.

I have broken through many layers of co-dependencies from mental to physical and spiritual and the journey continues.

Keep in mind codependency comes in many forms from caffeine to sugar to drugs to alcohol to sex to sugar to relationships to sports to exercising to work, you get the idea.

Its not about being perfect or ego or money or stuff the house the cars etc.   

It's about learning by doing and truly getting to know thyself from the inside out, and facing the conditioned lies of fear.

I have learned from surfing to running to riding bikes both road and mountain bikes and many more in between.

I am not sharing this info not to boost my ego or to make myself feel better.   I am sharing what I have learned and continue to learn with positive intentions to inspire or spark something in you.

Most people don't breathe properly let alone know what chemicals actually get activated when nose and mouth breathing and that is one of the many tools I have learned and continue to learn.

So you see at the beginning of this art drawing journey in bold letters I started with -Be Present- and if I and we are not present in the moment then we are in the past in survival mode which is stress which is conditioning.

Having healthy boundaries for your health and well  being is very important for many reasons and being aware of the energy of others and intentions is something that I am very attuned to and have come trust it and not dismiss it or not belive it anymore because it is real and true.

So with that being said pace yourself and remember life is not a sprint it is a marathon. 

To be continued and thank you for checking out the latest.
Original art inspired art San Clemente artist Paul Carter
Be present-by Paul Carter

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Surfboard drawings by Paul Carter

Dream it, design it, draw it and then create it in a full size custom handshaped surfboard.

When one lets go of living a life of validation from others life becomes a whole new adventure and journey from the inside out. 

No longer living a life of comparing or thinking or worrying about what others may think is a freedom that is exciting and a peace that grows from learning by doing.

Having healthy activities and habits daily, will break through the old unhealthy perceptions of conditioning into healthy new ones.

It’s nit about being perfect it’s about being at peace in knowing thyself and embrace the inspired creativity and enjoy the process by being present 100%.

These are a couple of spontaneous sketches with positive reminders for the journey in and out of the water.
San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter
San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter 

Custom Surfboards and art San Clemente California
Paul Carter surfboards designs 

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