Tyler Warren, A Surfboard Shaper Determined To Live His Own Way


The decisions I’ve made in my life I think is having an idea and going after it. I loved drawing since I was a kid. And then as I started getting into surfing I had this one surfers journal magazine so I’d look at all these different boards and draw surfboard fins or how the board was going to look when it was finished. It just kind of slowly has grown and now I send them all over the world. Korea, Japan, Nicaragua, Peru, and all over. My uncle, he is a fine oil painter. So he taught me that it’s like possible to become an artist. I would watch one of those surf movies from the ’50s with Tyler and he could name all the surfers in the background by their style. This is his life. He like eats, lives, and breathes it. Looking at people that have made their life out of what they love those are my teachers, those are people I looked up to. Surfing, shaping, and art are all about my favorite times and doing all those things is where you’re like zoned in and you’re just kind of almost not even there you’re just doing it. You’re definitely in a meditative state when you’re in a shaping room. It’s just you and these four walls, two lights, and some sand paper. You slowly learn from every board you make about the rails, or bottom contours or not putting too much roll here more edge there flatter here, more rocker there. That’s what it’s about; doing it over and over and over again. He’s shaped now two thousand boards. That’s what my uncle always said he’s like, “You don’t want to be one of those artists that just goes to the coffee shop and just talks about what they’re going to do.” You’ve got to actually work and put the time in and just keep doing it. You’re definitely putting all that knowledge into this board. You’re sharing your feelings with someone who gets to go ride a wave. The stuff I’m most inspired by are those natural serene moments where you feel maybe alone but there’s like a warmth or truness about the moment. You know whether it be nature, or an empty wave going by. The water is one of those things where you can get in it and feel better. It’s kind of cleansing to the soul in a way I guess. You get to subconsciously do these things on this wave. You’re just doing it because that’s what you feel like you’re supposed to do. You’re just in the moment and you just react off of what is thrown at you. You got to start somewhere and if you really put 110 percent into everything you do it will start working out. Fame and fortune can never be your objective that it has to be to do great work and I believe Tyler has always tried to do great work. Heaven knows that’s what we need in the world. I think there’s definitely plenty of space out there for people that want to do their own thing and not really conform to the normal like four year university and then go find a job. I think the best thing you can do is be true to yourself and that’s all that really matters in the end. Following that pure love inside you.

8 thoughts on “Tyler Warren, A Surfboard Shaper Determined To Live His Own Way”

  1. Don't get eaten by a shark while subconsciously cleansing yr soul, u hotshot doing great work in the moment following pure love in yer butt

  2. I remember taking pictures of Tyler when he was 12 years old at Steamers Lane Santa Cruz just Charging 10 foot plus Surf hosted by the Santa Cruz longboard Union, I knew right then and there that he would be a success in the Surf industry, Iโ€™m proud to say I knew him as a Grom growing up in Dana Point. ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ

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