Her passion for surfcraft design snowballed from there, with Brailsford Caro quickly graduating from plywood to foam and fiberglass, shaping a handful of boards for herself before her eye-catching designs started attracting custom orders.
Greenough had told his close friend and fellow board builder Marc Andrieni to share the design with a few promising shapers to see what they could do with it, which is how Brailsford Caro found herself carving the odd-looking hard edge through the bellies of her boards.
“I had just graduated art school, and one day I decided that I wanted to make a paipo board,” says Brailsford Caro about her first foray into making surfcraft about a decade ago.
Brailsford Caro doesn’t make what most would consider “high-performance” surfboards–as in narrow-and-wafer-thin, 5’10”-ish thrusters–but rather focuses on shaping surfcraft that allow for effortless flow and smooth transitions from rail to rail.
“People ask if it’s a gimmick,” says San Diego-based shaper Christine Brailsford Caro, describing one of her more unconventional designs as we sit in the shade behind Moonlight Glassing, where she shapes under her Furrow label.
That idea of performance, focusing on the simple pleasures of glide and drawing timeless lines, is the only kind Brailsford Caro is interested in, whether she’s putting planer to foam or paddling out at her local reef break.
“Honestly, when I first started shaping, it never occurred to me that it was unusual for women to shape,” says Brailsford Caro.
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