Malwitz Custom Surfboards began in 2004, from a dusty basement in landlocked Philadelphia. Shaping quickly became a way to feel more connected to surfing, even if I was sixty miles from the ocean. I learned to shape through countless hours of research, indispensable resources like Swaylocks, great advice from other shapers, and just plain practice. MCS was then Brooklyn-based for 4 years, where I acquired my steady NYC base of support. I worked out of a small commercial space in Gowanus where I gained plenty of press throughout NYC. In 2009, I left the city and settled in South Jersey offering easy board pickups to NYC customers at Patagonia Surf Bowery and NJ customers at Cafe Volan in Absury Park. I also ship boards all over the Continental US and boards hop planes as far as Australia.
Every board is designed individually with no templates, and colors are mixed by hand. This takes time but makes for a truly custom and unique board. I like to focus on clean lines and overall flow, and many of my boards have a bit more foam and overall width, catered specifically to NY/NJ breaks. I can shape boards for beginners and experts, for all seasons, conditions, and locations.
Photo: Chris Leaman