Henry ‘Chomper’ Muller is a young shaper from Cape Town who attributes his inspiration for modern techniques on old school design to shapers such as Ryan Lovelace and Ryan Burch.  Young adventurous shapers who are continually pushing the boundaries of their craft.  These two have been playing with the fish design in an attempt to create a higher performance model without taking too much away from the classic feeling.

“I aim to follow their guidelines while keeping our local breaks in mind.”


The design for this board is Loosely based on the “sidecut” or “reverse/inverted plan shape” theory. Instead of the board’s outline running from the nose, to the wide point and then the tail in one fluid curve, it breaks about 2 feet up from the tail and “concaves” towards the stringer before meeting the initial curve at the tail.

In theory what this sidecut does is allow more rail to break the surface when cranking a turn, and once submerged the board will begin to arc/turn based on the depth and angle of the sidecut.

If you can imagine a circle/semi-circle on which your turn is based, the sidecut becomes a segment of the theoretical circumference of that circle and allows the board to follow a smoother turning radius as opposed to a straight outlined fish.

This design is attributed to a shaper by the name of Mack Mackie (find his stuff on instagram @mackiedesigns), but tracing these design’s lineage often proves more difficult than initially thought.

The bump/point in the rail is basically a product of splicing the sidecut into the classic fish outline, but when positioned in such a way that it lines up with the trailing end of the fins, it acts as a surface breaker and allows one to break into or initiate their turn that little bit quicker.

The addition of wide base keels ensure more drive and speed down the line.  The fins are rider and wave specific, with less base offering more manoeuvrability for critical surfing in clean conditions.


Henry also glasses and sands all his own boards, which interests him as much as the actual shaping, to ensure a completely unique final product.  This particular board was heavily influenced the linear resin art of a master laminator that goes by the Instagram handle @SUPERWOLF.

“Our local industry is also yet to reach the point of dedicated glass shops that specialise is resin art and application, not just production needs.”


Henry is currently in the process of branding, so we expect to see a lot more exciting designs across all platforms soon. To keep up to date with the latest innovations from Henry, follow him via Instagram @henrychomper.

Feel free to drop him an email at with any enquiries you might have for your next board.


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