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CHRIS SAMANIEGO

Revised 02/17/2016


Here's the craftsman, Chris Samaniego, hard at work mowing foam. This photo was back in the old days when he was cranking out boards.

As many in the surf industry know shapers are one of the most underpaid jobs. This is a skill that takes years to master, hand shaping every minute detail. Certainly a labor of love as there is hardly any financial reward.

These days Chris has cut back to just shaping as a hobby. Now he has a little more time for his jazz singing, trumpet playing and landscaping jobs.

 

 

 

Here's Chris (circa 1995) with one of his rare longboards. Unfortunately there is not much room in the shaping bay for anything over nine feet!

Chris is one of the few shapers who will shape, glass, sand and finish a board (if you twist his arm a little and supply him with a few beers). If you are after quality, from start to finish, this is the way to go - how many times has a great shape turned into an average board because the glass-shop or the sander had a bad day?

Personnally I feel Chris's specialty is in the 7 - 8 foot length of board. Over the years he has developed designs that work for me in anything from 2' slop to 10' suck-out. (In case your wondering I am a mediocre goofyfoot weighing around 200 lbs and 6' tall and have surfed for about 10 years).

Chris starts with a blank that is thick, wide and has lots of rocker. Using hard rails, tri-fin set up and contoured bottoms finished off with an sturdy glass job he has produced boards that have worked in all conditions.

These surfboards have been tested in the winter extremes of Northern Scotland and North Shore Kauai, to the summertime tropics of Costa Rica and desert coastline of Baja.

Chris, mahalo for all the good times and the great boards.

Peat Miller


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Hi Michael,
 
I noticed you had a "Quanta Lines" logo in your logo collection. Just wondering if you knew of anywhere where I could find some info on them; I've recently picked up a Quanta Lines board over here (Australia), & I'm buggered if I can find any info on it anywhere!  The story I got from the chap I bought it off was that it originally came from Brazil, although all writing on it is in English.
 
I've attached a pic of it taken the day I bought it; I've since repaired the dings & cleaned it up a fair bit. It's shaping up to be a nice little board, but I'm keen to see if I can find out a bit more about it. Any advice you can give will be most appreciated.
 
Cheers,
Dash McIvor
Australia

<dashmac@aapt.net.au>

Samaniego's Quanta Lines
 
Hey there Michael,
 
Thanks so much for that info; it must have been strange having someone email you from the other side of the World about a board with your own artwork on it!! (lol)  That was actually the first (& only) email I'd sent out; looks like I certainly picked the right person to email about it! From what I've been told, this is one well travelled board. The person I bought it off had brought it to Australia; they bought it in England from the previous owner, who had aquired it in Brazil - not bad for a board that obviously started life in CA!!
Chris's signature is on the board, as well as a number; can't quite make out if it's a "76", or a "70" with a stroke above the "0". I've attached a few pics I took while I was working on it; there's some pics of the signature amongst them. Still a bit more cleaning up to do, but it's coming up quite nicely. Haven't accurately measured the length yet, but it's around 7'1": the width is 18". Should be a nice zippy little board.
 
Thanks again for your help; much appreciated!! Feel free to pass this onto Chris when you get in touch with him.
 
Cheers,
Dash McIvor
Australia
 

The well traveled Quanta Lines

 
 
 
 

WONDER KID FINN REYES

CLASSIC FINN

FINN TOES

FINN CARVE

FINN SHORTBOARD CONTEST C-ST

FINN LONGBOARD CONTEST C-ST

 

FINN WINS SHORT & LONGBOARD C-ST COMP

FINN BASH

FINN SLASH

OVERHEAD

FINN BURYS IT


ROOTS

FINN BE SERIOUS

FINN TUCK

FLOATING FINN

new wave rappin

PROUD DAD

QUANTA LINES POWERED

FINN REYES
 
Revised 02/17/2016
Chris Samaniego




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