Wow, this one looks beautiful. Is all the artwork resin tinted? Copy that, on the photography skewing.
I did that for years. You're only copying an outline or rocker. You still to need make a useable template and then shape the board. Makos comments about them not being 100% accurate is true, but it's close enough. I used to print out 11x17 sheets then tape it all together to make a full template, but I've had problems with the printed pieces being slightly smaller. I didn't care, I would adjust as needed.
I'd say 90% of outlines are just stuff that someone else has come up with in the past.
...in my opinion, yes; no Ethics. Instead of that do from scratch, as mentioned before. That way you truly develop an "eye" for the curves; in search of pure lines. Many many boards that I see in the surf shops have lines that "fight" each other (you know; water is not complicated so you only let it flow the best way as possible--when there is some design feature--like fins; hips; etc--that actually not flow the best way IS AN INTENDED thing to provide an specific situation)
Caused due to the poor eye development of these pseudo shapers that only know about CAD archives.
See it a lot with Architects; that never ever grabbed a spoon or did concrete; etc
If you want to make bread better to know how to deal and work with the flour; so knead by hand is a must; yes, then you can use a mixer.
I understand that this sounds old school; but have good foundations is indeed a must. Bear in mind that you do not need too many tools etc to be a shaper; so have the basics close to 100% is the way to go in my book.
Lots of free templates to play with at this link:
Regarding template dimension shifts (i.e. distortions), you can always unlock the aspect ratios, shift the widepoint and/or re-size once you have a basic design you like:
After you have played around with a template and shaped a board with it, rarely is it the same as the original. It is only inspired by a given shape.
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I gotta say thank you all for such thoughtful and insightful responses. I really owe a lot to y'all on these threads.
Late to the party.
But just so it's on record, look up "lofting". It's the technique for creating curves. I recall chains were sometimes used on a vertical surface. Anyway, boat builders used to publish lofting tables. How unlike shapers of today.
CAD surfboard rockers and outlines can be achieved with just endpoints - no midpoint holders. But I do add a midpoint after the curve is defined. Most designers put in a midpoint at the beginning.
First board I ripped off. It came out different to the one I had painstakingly measured. Actually surfed better. But the original shaper arced up about his design being stolen, so I created my next purely by eye and have never looked back.
I would imagine most of the experts on here could simply look at a board and run their hand over it and get closer to a true copy than you or I could with all the tools and software in the world. I'm still very much a novice, but I feel like outline is the most notable feature of a board, but rocker, rail profile, and bottom contours are probably all equal contributors to performance, and probably harder to copy and get right. Agreeing with someone who posted earlier, almost every outline shape has been done before. The magic in a board is how all the features come together and work together and that's also where the decades of experience shines.