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Tim Bessell is known worldwide for hand-shaping quality custom surfboards. He can shape a surf board that is perfect for you, and that will help you get the most out of your surfing experience. If you would like to order a Bessell custom surf board, the following steps are necessary for making sure you get exactly what you want. If you have any questions or any special needs don't hesitate to call us: 858-344-7080.

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Step One: Sketch your perfect surfboard using the free Surfboard Design Sheet - the only limit is your imagination! To help you get started, view a few of Tim's most popular custom surfboards options below.

Step Two: Talk to Tim personally. Once you have decided generally what you are looking for (shortboard, longboard, fish etc..) the next step is to call Tim to discuss the details of your order. Don't worry if you're not sure exactly what you want, Tim will be happy to help your refine your dream board.

Step Three: Sit back and watch Tim create your dream surfboard!

Tim creates all custom surfboards by hand, making individual creations for each and every customer. Tim also has "stock" surboards available from time to time at the shop, for those who prefer Tim's most popular designs.

All of our customs surfboards are availible in either startard polyurethane resin, or epoxy resin, for even stronger lighter surfboards. In additon, we can customize the glassing to meet your exact specifications, such as Volan cloth, resin tints, and eco-friendly resins.

Tim's Most Popular Designs



Balsa Retro Title

Balsa

Handshaped and hand-glued limited edition guns, longboards, and other classic shapes. Made out of Peruvian balsa and a variety of exotic woods, this is the best material for a smooth ride on a sizeable wave. They ride like Cadillac’s and are a collectors item with limited production of less than 100 a year.
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Circa 60's Microchip Shortboard Image

Together Tim and the legedary nose riding master David Nuuhiwa have designed a modern noes rider call the "DW-1". This is a most if you want to ride the nose like David.

Circa 60's Microchip Shortboard Image

Classic longboard feel with 50/50 rails for the ultimate glide. Smooth outline and contours give this surfboard forgiving and graceful down the line speed. It is the premier model that came out of the 60’s.
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Classic Classic

An authentic retro classic model in the longboard shape. These boards are made true to the classic techniques handed down through generations. Down rail on tail, 50/50 rail. As a classic noserider, it is about the style and the trim in the original form.
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G2
G2

This is a limited edition longboard. We are only producing 50 of these gorgeous works of art. Once we reach that number we will stop, so order yours before they go!
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Performance longboard for the surfer with one foot in the past and one if the present. Tim designed this model for the intermediate surfer to advanced surfer who enjoys longboarding, but likes the feel of "modern" surfboard.
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Aviso Long Aviso

The boards, made of carbon fiber, are completely hollow. The High Temp Fiber Placement Process allows them to be some of the lightest boards ever seen. There is nothing tying the top and bottom together except for the rails. This enables the deck and bottom to work and flex independently. This unique feature acts like suspension, launching you form one turn to the next.
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La Paloma La Paloma Image

A classic California gun shaped board. As a longboard with a pulled in nose, this board will give you the all benefits of a longboard like paddling power while its gun shape is meant for bigger surf. Among others, it is loved by gnarly old guy still charging it.
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Competition Longboard Competition_Longboard Surfboard Image

A high performance longboard used by our competitive team or for anyone who wants to improve their longboard skills. Four to six ounce glass, three fin system, and lightweight for both snappy and smooth moves.
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The Waterman The Waterman

The Waterman is our cross-training stand-up paddleboard. This board is great for all around stand-up paddling. The dimensions are between 10’ and 11’ between 29” and 32” wide. They’re custom made out of EPS you can order any shape and any size in any color.
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Rhino Chaser Title Rhino Chaser

Classic big wave gun pretty much says it. One of Tim's specialities, it's intended for double or triple overhead surf. You can buy it and hang it on your wall, or you can ride it like a man.
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Basic Beat Longboard Title Basic Beat Image

The most "User Friendly" Egg design in town. Whether you're new to surfing, or just need and versitle summer board for your quiver, feel the basic beat.
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Magic Carpet Title Magic

A transition board great for all around surfing. This contemporary throw-back has a fuller outline, modern rocker, and modern rail design. As one of the most popular finds, any surfer can enjoy this ride.
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Pocket Rocket Title Roseman Board

Tim's ultimate high performance gun intended for hollow fast waves. This board is a great travel board. If you want to be number one tube rider, this is the board for you.
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The Pocket Rocket

Aviso

Roseman Board

Tim's ultimate high performance gun intended for hollow fast waves. This board is a great travel board. If you want to be number one tube rider, this is the board for you.
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Eliminator Title Eliminator Image

Tim's ultimate high performance shortboard. The Eliminator is our number one shortboard model. This board is by far the fastest, loosest board Tim has ever made. Great for the grommets all the way up to the big guys. Featuring the vector channel bottom. Great for two foot slop to ten foot perfection. Paddles like a longboard, but turns like a shortboard. 100% satisfaction guaranteed through an authorized dealer.
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Aviso

Eliminator Title

Eliminator Aviso

Tim's ultimate high performance shortboard with Aviso technology. The Eliminator is our number one shortboard model. This board is by far the fastest, loosest board Tim has ever made. Great for the grommets all the way up to the big guys. Featuring the vector channel bottom. Great for two foot slop to ten foot perfection. Paddles like a longboard, but turns like a shortboard. 100% satisfaction guaranteed through an authorized dealer.
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Carbon-X Reflex

Carbon-X Reflex

Carbon X Reflex is our newest version of the Reflex line. We feel that this is the next level in the parabolic movement. All boards are custom made which makes us unique from Firewire and our other Aviso line. As you know carbon is the strongest and lightest material that we have, so we decided that we would put it on the rail.
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Reflex Logo Rainbow Reflex

This is the most advanced custom surfboard in the world today. The parabolic stringer combined with Tim’s patented carbon tape construction proves to be the most responsive hand made surfboard on the market. From beginners to champions this is the board of the future.
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The Grip
The Grip

Fluted rails allow the board to have better reflex memory, which will enable the board to be fasters with better maneuverability. It also makes a board stronger. This board is great for getting air and it feels really good when you grip the board.
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Rocket Fish Title

A great shortboard shape. Better if you are looking for a stiffer, more solid shortboard. It’s sexy, but also delivers.
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The Badray Aviso The Badray Aviso

The Badray is a board that is designed for all around high-performance surfing. Great for arials tube riding and floaters. Our Japanese rider Hayato, said that this is the best surfboard he has ever ridden. It comes in both Aviso technology in two sizes 5’10” and 6’1”. We also can custom make it in EPS and standard poly.
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Macrochip Macro Chip

A high performance, squash tail triple concave design. This board is intended for someone around 150-250 pounds who wants to ride high performance shortboard. This is what all the professional surfers ride, the top pros. It is a wave weapon.
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Microchip Microchip Image

This board is a standard issue high performance shortboard. It is the mini me of the Macrochip, intended for the little ripper who is for surf obsessed, sponsor seeking, and sits in the back seat at school. The perfect board for the relentless grom, the core of the core.
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V8 Special Title V8 Special Image

The V8 Special was inspired by Andy Irons World Title board for 2004. It provides great feeling roundhouse cutbacks and is more stable on a floater. Your answer for high performance surfing.
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Kissing Fish Red Kissing Fish

As a modern fish shape, this quad fin fish is way more maneuverable than retro fish. Gives the modern turn, but with the classic glide and speed.
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Flying Fish Title Flying Fish Image

A classic retro fish shape. Remember your knee board I shaped you in 1973? Well it's back, better, and now you can stand on it.
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GP1 GP1 Model

The Gp1 Model.
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Piglet The Piglet

The Piglet
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Stellar La Paloma Stellar La Paloma

Stellar La Paloma
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Reflex

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