Luke Simpson It takes some prying, but Vecchione finally lists a few of the biggest names he has shaped boards for through the years: the late Andy Irons, a three-time world champion, and his brother, Bruce; CJ Hobgood, ranked number 19 in May 2011, according to the Association of Surfing Professionals; Victor Rosario, a Dominican native currently surfing waves in Europe; and big-wave surfer Liam McNamara among others. Locally, he has shaped boards for accomplished surfers like Ryan Webb of Nantucket and Dillon and John Murphy of Orleans. Dillon, who had been surfing with Vecchione since he owned the Boarding House, says local surfers were excited to have a shaper on hand who could adapt his craftsmanship to the nuances of Cape Cod’s waves. “Now we had a shaper who lived in town that was a good surfer, who understood what we wanted,” Dillon says. Vecchione caters his designs to advanced surfers. “I may not be as good [as a professional], obviously, but I can understand what he wants when he comes to the top of the wave and tries to launch an air, or if he’s trying to hold in a barrel or surf a big wave,” he says.

Though he works with high-level surfing pros, Vecchione says he still enjoys watching grommets grow their skills on his boards. “To watch a 12-year-old kid on my board smoke me out of the water is one of the most rewarding things, you know?” he says. In addition, Vecchione has worked as a “ghost” shaper for some of the surf industry’s biggest companies, furnishing boards to their specifications without attaching his name to them.

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Jeff is the Managing Editor for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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