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Who is Chris Christenson?

Chris Christenson is one of the most respected names in California. Known for his versatility and attention to detail, Chris Christenson shapes a wide range of boards, from retro fishes and longboards to some of the best big-wave boards in the industry. Christenson has shaped boards for some of the best surfers on the planet, including big wave pros Ian Walsh and Greg Long. He also collaborated with snowboarder Jeremy Jones, shaping the Jones Storm Chaser, which is a swallow-tailed fish-style snowboard.

Christenson has been shaping since the age of 18. Mentored and influenced by Dick Brewer and Skip Frye, he is a consummate professional and known for his classic lines and clean aesthetic. His longboards, mid-lengths, fish shapes, and other twins are especially popular with the California crowd, and to complement some of these shapes.

 At the tender age of 18, Chris Christenson picked up a blank and proceeded to sculpt the piece of foam with some borrowed tools… That moment would kickstart a lifelong passion and pursuit

Having been mentored by master craftsman, Dick Brewer, and heavily influenced by his then neighbor, Skip Frye, Chris would develop a broad shaping philosophy and ability to design and shape any size and genre of surfboard.
Who is Chris Christenson?
Chris’s crossover interests in snowboarding, golf, fishing, riding motorcycles, and trekking through the wilderness perfectly complements and surely influence his purest approach to surfboard design and shaping.


Not one for fads or flavors of the month, Chris is content with crafting boards for how he sees a wave should be ridden. It’s an approach that’s seen his surfboards eagerly sought after by punters and pros alike.

While Shortboards and Guns are certainly in his wheelhouse, it’s his Fish, Twin, Mid-length and traditional Longboards that’ve become his hot ticket items. One thing is certain, there’s a special type of feeling you get when you ride a Christenson and it’s the very reason FCS has collaborated on a range of templates to compliment his shapes

Christenson Twin – Lending design elements from the keel category, the full tip, straighter trailing edge and high degree of sweep means this twin set is geared towards smooth performance surfing so you can push hard off the bottom and drive through turns without the fear of skipping out. Will complement most retro twin fish models.
Who is Chris Christenson?