James Mitchell

James is the owner of Sunset Shapers and the head shaper at Las Olas Surfboards.  Las Olas provides all of the custom boards to our customers and and builds many of the boards we stock in the shop.  James was born and raised in the North Bay Area and moved to San Francisco in 2005.  James started shaping as a hobby in his garage in 2006 and built a couple dozen boards start to finish on his own before taking a position at the Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild in 2008 as a production laminator.  Under the guidance of master craftsmen such as Doug Haut, Doug Fletcher, and Dave Aranovicci James learned how to shape, laminate, fin, sand, gloss and polish all sorts of boards from classic 10' logs to performance 6' thrusters.  James shapes all types of boards and most enjoys shaping classic single-fin nose riders and step-ups and guns for OB.  James now manages and oversees the production of every board that goes through our glass shop and does all of the color resin work on the boards that we produce.