Gérard Dabbadie shaped his first board in 1972. A surf fanatic, he worked first on his own riding style and technique, then used the experience and his contact with the top surfers of the day to start creating his own highly personalized shapes that quickly found favor with many top European riders. In 1975 while based in Hossegor, France (Surf Capital of Europe) he created his signature board brand “Superfrog”, and went on to become a full-time professional shaper. With his philosophy of “shaping easy, fun-to-ride boards, for all kinds of conditions, with no compromise on strength and performance”.
Gerard wasn’t content to follow trends of the day. He was among the first to build boards using epoxy resin and EPS foam, at the time a radical departure from the traditional mix of polystyrene foam and polyester resin that was much heavier and less durable.
A small detail perhaps, but one that really made his name among the pro surfers of the period. 40 (!) years on, and Gerard is as attentive as ever to the detail of how his boards are made. In addition to nuanced details of board shape and design, which he clearly knows inside-out, what’s behind all the wave-riding fun is an understanding of modern, reliable, 100% faithful manufacturing techniques, so he’s fully confident in the quality and performance of every production boards he designs. Superfrog boards are first pre-shaped using the AKU shaping tool, then hand-finished before being coated with fiberglass and epoxy resin. SuperFrog_Frog_200pxTwo 6 ounce layers of fiberglass on the bottom and two 6 plus one 4 ounce layer on the deck for shortboards, three 6 ounce layers on the longboards.
There is no other board on the market that has so many fiberglass layers, and therefore such strength. Even so, Superfrog boards are amazingly light, the result of 30 years of experience using this construction technology and best quality raw materials on the market, plus the passion to make it happen.
• Proven and quality shapes by Gérard DABBADIE and JP STARK
• High precision replicas using modern AKU shaping tools
• Custom Epoxy Technology for a great mix of performance and durability
• Reinforced rails for stiffness and extended board lifetime
• FCS II fin plugs compatible with latest FCS fins
• FCS II Performer Glass Flex fins included with every board
• NEW Neon painted bottom (color depending on size & model)
He is undoubtedly the most famous of all French shapers. Over the last twenty years, when he started working with BIC, hundreds of thousands of boards have borne his name. Despite this success, this shaper has always kept a low profile. An encounter with a heavyweights of shaping worldwide. A portrait by Romain Ferrand
But for Gerard, it’s all about shaping and surfing, rather than dreaming up marketing spiel : NO BLAH BLAH BLAH, as the man himself would and does say.