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It's pleasing to see the growth of females within the male dominated surf industry. One lady in particular who has recently caught our attention is Whitney Lang. Surfer and shaper from San Diego, Whitney is in active blogger, using her platform to spread surf lifestyle and culture in San Diego. We got the opportunity to interview her... Where did your love for surf come from? Since I was a child, I have always loved water and the ocean so I naturally became a surfer because I found the passion. What is your earliest surf memories? My earliest surf memories are as a teenager surfing in Newport Beach, California with friends at RJ’s and Orange St. How long have you been shaping boards for and how did you decide to start? I have been shaping boards since early 2009. I decided to start because all the boards looked the same and nothing appealed to me so once I learned from a local friend who built boards that I could make my own, I began researching and learning. From this, I became addicted. I wanted to know the entire build process. Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to the design, shape and style of your boards? I draw inspiration from the late 70's and 80's boards. I love the forward midpoints, fishes, and pintails. I enjoy watching videos from those time periods too because the style was so natural. I also make a lot of high performance short boards which I enjoy riding as well. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? My five week-long trip to the west coast of Costa Rica in 2011 changed my surfing forever. I loved surfing in warm water and the waves were incredible. I enjoy spending time with my mentors. I also have very special memories surfing with two of my closest friends who have passed away, Carlos Montejo & Annie Diaz. What is it like to be a female shaper in a male dominated industry? It’s a tough situation. At first, I was timid and afraid of rejection but now I am proud to say I made my boards. Many people find it hard to believe or say, "Wow, you’re the first girl shaper I’ve ever met.” What do you think is the future of your industry? My future is bright in the surfboard industry. I have dreams to travel and shape with friends all around the world: Bali, Portugal, Argentina, Hawaii, Mexico... are just a few to name.