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Christenson Surfboards


Born and raised in Southern California, Chris’ passion for surfing began at a young age. When Chris wasn’t surfing the local beach breaks between Seal Beach and Newport Beach, he was exploring the snow at his grandparents’ cabin in the San Bernardino mountains, or was teeing up on the Long Beach Navy golf course. Growing up, Chris would often watch his next door neighbor shape surfboards in his garage, but it wasn’t until Chris was 18 and on a golf/academic scholarship at Point Loma Nazarene University that he bought his first surfboard blank, borrowed his neighbor's tools, and shaped his first board – a moment that would forever propel him down a path of most resistance.

Shaping career

In 1992, Chris’ shaping career began with a six-year apprenticeship to shaping legend, Dick Brewer. It was perfecting the skill of shaping boards under Brewer, and the influence of his then neighbor, Skip Frye, that solidified Chris’ abilities to design and shape any size surfboard, which would later open the door to shaping big wave guns for the world’s best big wave surfers, including two-time world champion, Greg Long. A reputation for being a punk rock, forward thinker, with a connection to the past, Chris’ ability to craft diverse surfboards lead him to making big wave guns for good friend, and Todos Santos charger, Johnny Walla, and other heavy hitters like Brad Gerlach, Greg Long, Rusty Long, the Walsh brothers, Mark Healy, Danilo Couto, and Damien Hobgood. Chris is not only known for his ability to craft 10’ guns for big wave surfing’s elite, but for shaping some of the best long and short boards in the industry – for long boarders like Scotty Stopnik, Mitch Abshere, and filmmaker Mikey DeTemple, to short boarder Sterling Spencer.

Chris’ boards are ridden by legendary big wave surfer, Greg Long, which have seenn Long through two big wave world titles, wins at the 2008 Mavericks surf contest and 2009 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave contest, and multiple Billabong XXL awards. In 2010 and 2013, Chris successfully competed in the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle world championship – a formidable 32-mile Kaiwi Channel that separates the islands of Molokai and Oahu. Chris also maintains a 4.5 golf handicap.

Chris currently splits his time between his home in Cardiff-by- the-Sea, CA and Swall Meadows, CA. When Chris isn’t working, you will find him riding around town on one of his classic motorcycles, golfing at his home golf course, surfing the local breaks of North San Diego County, or with a truck full of surfboard blanks heading to his cabin in the eastern Sierra mountains. Located at 7,000’, Chris’s cabin was one of 40 homes that burned down in the devastating Round Fire of 2014. Chris has since rebuilt his home and has a workshop he can hand shape surfboards between back country splitboarding, fishing, and riding enduro.