San Diego Surfboard Workshop Will Gain Mentorship from SD Sports Innovators

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 26, 2011) – Shaper Studios, California’s first surfboard workshop, has been accepted to the CONNECT Springboard program, a non-profit business accelerator program that provides guidance to innovative businesses in the San Diego region. Shaper Studios joins the ranks of several other influential brands to have completed the mentorship program, including, ElliptiGO and The Active Network.

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) Advisory Board Member Michael Brower and surf industry leaders Kevin Flanagan (CEO of The People’s Movement) and Dave Nash (President of Sun Diego) were instrumental in helping Shaper Studios prepare for entrance into CONNECT’s Springboard program.

“We have been working really hard to prepare Shaper Studios for the Springboard Program and couldn’t be more excited to start the next chapter of development with SDSI,” says Chris Clark, founder of Shaper Studios. “This alignment will allow us to work closely with some of the great business minds in Southern California as we grow and add value to the San Diego sports community.”

The SDSI Springboard program is an exclusive mentorship program for early stage sports companies in San Diego, focusing on business creation and development. Innovators that are accepted receive hands-on mentoring by successful CEOs, CFOs and CMOs during their Entrepreneur-In-Residence program.

Shaper Studios was granted acceptance into Springboard after presenting their business plan during an intake meeting with 14 business executives and SDSI directors. Ed Cleary, president of Root Strategy Group, and Peter (“PT”) Townend, founder of ActivEmpire, will be acting as co-lead EIRS for Shaper Studios, providing strategic guidance to help refine the brand’s business model and enhance credibility with investors.

About Shaper Studios
Shaper Studios is California’s first surfboard workshop, giving surfers a home outside the water where they can come shape and design their own surfboards. Shaper Studios offer a unique retail experience where the surfer has access to clean shaping bays, pro shaping tools, and an array of custom artwork options. Shaper Studios offers private and group shaping lessons with a professional staff of friendly surfboard builders who have a passion for sharing the art of surfboard design with surfers of all ages. For more information, visit

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