Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Lamphier.
Jay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Lamp Surf Company was established in December of 2015 after building boards for myself and friends 5 years. I started this adventure by building wooden surfboards in 2010 with free wood that I had collected from construction job sites I was working on. Upon the first test rides, I knew that I wanted to continue building boards and expanding my knowledge and skill-set. I continued to build wooden boards and other surf craft for a few years until I got my hands on a foam blank. Once I mowed my planer through the first blank, I was in love with hand shaping surfboards. Flash forward 5 years, I decided to start my own business to improve and provide surfboards for local surfers. With performance feedback from friends and myself, my shapes have become unique in the terms of how I design them. I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, so this allows me to design my boards utilizing fluid dynamics and physics fundamentals to achieve an efficient and user-friendly board that meets the performance demand stated by the customer or myself for the design.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I like to live by the motto that life isn’t about how you mess up, it’s about how you fix the problem. So with that stated, my craft is what it is today because I have messed up boards, but had taken the proper steps in understanding where things went wrong and how to prevent that in the future. I have also had to move my workshop around a few times but each time my space becomes better and more efficient. I built my current location to the systems and equipment I need in place and am very happy with where I am now.
Lamp Surf Company – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Here at Lamp Surf Company, I specialize in hand-shaped custom surfboards built 100% in-house by the same pair of hands. I offer a line of common models but I love when the customer has the desire to get in on the design process with me, so I can tailor the board exactly to their body and surfing type. This is what I believe truly makes that special board so magical, it becomes an extension of your body and with the proper understanding (whether its subconscious or not) of how the board performs based off where you are located on the board can really take it from a good board to a GREAT board.
I have grown up surfing waves in New England, so I understand the factors that shapers from California and Australia don’t have to deal with. I design my boards for OUR waves, by adjusting the rocker and bottom contour, the boards become wave catching machines.
My board shapes have a modern twist on retro designs that allow for the performance desired. I build everything from 10-foot nose rider longboards to 4-foot wake surfboards. I most enjoy to shape shortboards, midlength fun boards, step-up shortboards for the bigger days and longboards that allow for optimum noseriding. My boards are built using the highest quality aerospace composites that allow me to reduce weight without sacrificing performance or structural integrity.
My stock shortboard models consist of a modern twist on the retro fish, paired with glassed on keels that are foiled by hand in-house and the board becomes a small wave (thigh-chest) killer. If you opt for fin boxes instead, you can swap fin outlines to get the desired hold/drive. I have a very high-performance shortboard I call the Dort. Best rode in thigh-head high waves, it features a parallel outline that allows the rider to create speed yet allows the board to be turned on a dime. It can be ridden as a twin fin, or a thruster for the desired hold/drive. My favorite model is the Rort, its outline is similar to the Dort but is designed for a larger wave with push / steep shape (waist – double overhead) that allows very high performance and fast surfing. This board is best rode as a thruster and a quad set up for the larger barreling days.
My midlength models are designed for fun waist high days or big mushy days. The Lava Lamp model is a modern twist on a retro single fin pipeliner. This board features a single fin and pin-tail combination that provides a lot of hold and drive. This board is perfect for waist – overhead plus surf that you want to catch early and get lined up for a barrel section or a point break that walls up and allows extremely fun long drawn out turns, yet can still be turned on a dime. My Eggplant model is a modern twist on a classic egg shape that is very high performance and excels on waist-head high waves.
My longboard models are tailored to the customer 100%. The board can be a classic log nose rider or a high-performance longboard that turns and noserides easily. The largest factor I consider for the design is the length of the customer’s arm, because what good is a surfboard if you can’t easily carry it?
I also offer shaping lessons if you have ever wanted to learn how to shape a board and the logic behind each aspect of design. I love when the customer gets their hands dirty, as it adds a whole different aspect of appreciation for the board itself. Please contact for a quote on a shaping lesson.
With my designs, I emphasize paddle efficiency and ease of use. I love to get wild with resin tints and fabric inlays. All my boards can be re-designed for a customer. Do you have an idea for a shape? I’d love to hear it!
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
The proudest moment of my career was seeing the joy I bring the people riding my boards. Shaping surfboards is fun, but seeing them being ridden is way better. I love to help and bring happiness to people, and with my surfboards, it’s contagious.
- Shortboards start at $450.00
- Midlength boards start at $550.00
- Longboards start at $700.00
- Resin tints add $15 – $50 per side /per color
- Fabric inlays add $15-$50 per side
- Fin systems: Futures and FCS come with the board, glassed on fins add $50-$100
- Website: Lampsurfcompany.com
- Phone: 603-505-5518
- Email: Lampsurfco@gmail.com