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who am I !

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I was born in the city of Puntarenas into a pioneering family of boat designers, where my uncle had the first naval design license in the country. My father was my main mentor and he and my uncle gave me my first job as the “line tracer”. With a pencil I drew in the boat master’s plans. At age 6 I received my first salary, which was only one “colon” per week. Always with my father in his world of boat manufacturing, I decided to take advantage of the tools he didn’t use. I began designing boogies out of polystyrene so that I could enjoy the speed of the white water


Always with my father in his world of boat manufacturing, I decided to take advantage of the tools he didn’t use. I began designing boogies out of polystyrene so that i could enjoy the speed of the white water in the waves. Later, my friends I hung out with started surfing the white water at the time it was the most fun thing going on in the area and made us all happy. Surfing in Costa Rica started becoming popular in the early 1980s. The Caribbean and Boca Barranca became the most visited places, as they had good routes of communication. It was in “Boca Barranca” where the practice and the inspiration of construction and sliding started.


The pioneering surfers enjoyed the waves in the first pick of the mouth, the famous “second”, and us, off course around the border. Many years passed and I decided to collect, pill out and reshape all of the classic boards that I could handle. Until I could collect money to buy my first professional blank and enjoy good design and the quality assurance that it brings, I kept working and tried to save money for the materials for the next board. Then a customer would give me more than the double of the cost of the board I made for him. In this way I began to save money and get seriously into the art of board-making. I remember visiting Tamarindo Beach in the early 1990s with nothing but my boards on my shoulder.


I immediately built a good reputation with both the local shop Iguana surf and tourists, and obtained recognition and remuneration for my natural talent. At this time a lot of frogs were always jumping in the streets in the same direction, and for that reason I decided to put the frog logo on the nose of the boards. To the left I am finishing with the competitive technical part of the surfboard that Pedro Cruz used to win the national championship.





After 15,000 hours in the shaping room, with already 9,000 handmade boards in over 20 years of experience your hands and mine get in good connection, putting all your imagination in the blanks, creating life in the ocean and smiles on the surfers´ faces. Shaping has been the main inspiration in my life.

When I discovered the rotation of the wave pushing any body in front, I fell in love! And once this energy got in me when I was around 6 years old riding a piece of styrofoam, that became to be my main working goal.

is the fourth process in the surfboard production. We´ve got pumpy waves in the central and south Pacific that break many boards in two pieces, so naturally we make strong glass a big focus in the chemicals process. This gives the board a long life in the area and in strong wave conditions all over the world, which is something really positive for you board and your `pocket. ..


Sanding is the fifth and final process. Using the highest quality sandpaper from Germany, the finish of Carton surfboards impresses everybody ; super fine tunes in the shaping process with very tight wet glass jobs make an inspired conclusion, giving us happiness and a desire to go to the water with the board as soon as possible.

Our Advantages

  • Tamarindo

    I felt that traveling to Tamarindo Beach was too far and difficult so I decided on Playa Jaco, one hour south of Boca Barranca. With my boards on my shoulder, I stopped at the first surf shop I saw and met William Johnson. He said, “Mae, I want to try those ‘bichillas’ (surfboards).” That was an awesome moment for me, receiving a compliment from the owner of a surf shop for my work.

  • Chosita del Surf Jaco

    Making good friends like Chuck Herwig a very generous and important person, after relocating to Playa Jaco—I found my professional distribution in the “Chosita del Surf” now W.O.W SURF) and climbed the ladder as a professional shaper of surfboards in Central America.

  • Carton Surf Shop

    I opened my own surf shop, located at south end of Jaco, and my new “glass house” is located in Herradura. I can confidently say that, thanks to my long history and the people who stuck around and are still here next to me, I have managed to create a product of international quality.

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Since 1986, We become the most experienced surfboards factory in Costa Rica

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Team Rider - Ismael Araya

We'd been sponsor and made Costa Rica surfers, since we started this adventure, In the Present time We are proud to give our surfboards to our friends and people who represent our Costa Rica surf as a champions.

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Edwin "Carton" Villalobos

As we said before, The shaper has past for many situations to become the most Costa Rica professional, Shaper. If you want to know him better , just go to his fan page in Facebook.

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