Plastic-Free Events: Shaper Festival of Surfing

Amongst the breweries and restaurants of one of San Diego’s trendiest neighborhoods sits a unique surf shop known as Shaper Studios. Take one step inside and you’ll quickly realize that it’s not just another Southern California surf store. Rather than elbowing your way through racks of board shorts, flip-flops, and sunglasses, you’ll see someone actually making a surfboard… like, with their hands. Sure you can buy a sweatshirt or a new wetsuit, but that’s not the point.

In their words, Shaper Studios is the world’s first DIY surfboard workshop and retail store. Founded by Chris Clark and Derrik Kapalla, it’s a tribute to the original California surf shop where the art of making boards and celebrating surf culture was everything. You can take a lesson to make your first board or become a member and use the facilities as you please.

For the past 5 years, Shaper has been hosting a festival of surfing in North County, San Diego. It’s an extension of their shop and the culture they’ve built around it. The festival consists of good music, craft beer, charity, and a surf competition. The event is free for anyone to come watch, and anybody from Josh Kerr to the grom down the street can enter the contest… the only catch? You have to ride a board that you’ve shaped yourself.

Mizu was proud to partner with Shaper studios for the 5th annual event to help go plastic-free to minimize its environmental impact. With the event being held right on a California State Beach, it was especially important to reduce waste as much as possible as it can easily find its way into the ocean.

Every cup of Kombucha poured in the booch garden came in a custom stainless steel Mizu Party Cup, competitors stayed hydrated in custom M8’s, and the spectators received vacuum insulated S6’s to fill up at Mizu Water Stations. We were able to eliminate the need for plastic entirely and give all event attendees a little swag to walk home with.


As if that wasn’t enough, Mizu hosted a beach cleanup the next morning to leave Seaside State Beach cleaner than it was before the festival. Keep scrolling to check out some more images from the event. See you next year!