Carlos Reyes: Surfer / Shaper / Artist / Musician
Been shaping since 1994. I began in my friend's backyard in Hialeah while in high school. All my friends told me I was getting good at it and urged me to keep it going. I moved up to Daytona Beach for a couple years shortly after, then came back to Miami for college to earn a degree in Graphic Design. After a couple years working in graphics and printing I saved up enough money to get back into shaping. I incorporated in 2003 and have been making custom surfboards in Miami ever since.
During this time I managed to learn the entire board building process from shaping and painting, to glassing and sanding. I've also learned a few things from other local shapers here in Florida. My first 10 years in the biz was all hand shaping and I relied on glass shops to glass for me. Now I design all my boards on the 3D software, but have been doing all the glasswork myself.
2023 was my last year in business in Miami as my shop was located in an old building that was sold and the new owners will be renovating it. After 14 years at this spot the situation in Miami has changed a lot and now spaces are hard to find and expensive. I'm now in the process of relocating to central Florida to pursue the possibility of continuing the craft and retiring in the place where I've driven up for years to buy blanks. This is no easy feat by far. I'll feel better once the move happens and I'm there. God willing.
I'm currently closed and on vacation.