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Meet Thomas Flibotte of Bones Surf Co. in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Flibotte.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started Bones Surf Co. officially in 2016 when my passion turned into a real business opportunity. Growing up in a small New England coastal town surfing was not well known. There were waves but you had to be prepared to find them and to also fight the elements. This included winter wetsuits and surfing during extreme weather such as snowstorms to get the best conditions. Summers usually consisted of little or no surf. To keep the surf stoke alive, I decided to start building surfboards. That first summer, I turned my parent’s garage into a fully functioning surfboard factory. I shaped, glassed, and sanded boards for myself and some friends. When I finished school, I moved to Los Angeles so I could surf more and learn to build boards from some of the surfboard industries most accomplished board builders. Since then, I have been operating and offering custom surfboards in the Los Angeles area as Bones Surf Co.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I started Bones Surf Co. and I am the sole operator of the company. I do everything myself. The biggest challenges are everything outside of building surfboards. Starting an LLC, doing taxes, running social media, building a website, working with vendors, customer inquiries, and all the little things that contribute to a well functioning business. I do enjoy all of these things, though. There is always a solution to every obstacle and the internet has a plethora of great information for people like myself.

Please tell us about Bones Surf Co.
Bones Surf Co. is a custom surfboard manufacturing company. I take pride in making high-quality American made surfboards. What sets Bones apart from other surfboard companies is how much I value the customer experience. Buying a custom surfboard is a big purchase. Taking the time to talk to the customer about how a board is built, all of the different customizations they can make, showing them mock-ups of how it will look, sending pictures and updates as it goes through the build process all makes it that much more exciting for them. A lot of times, I will meet customers to talk in person over a beer or a taco. It makes the entire experience really exciting and the feeling of collaboration from the customer’s perspective is truly rewarding for both us.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is riding my first wave. I had been surfing a bunch but wasn’t really sure what I was doing out there. A lot of times, I was paddling for waves and standing in the whitewater. The first time I made it down the line was like an entirely new world just opened up in front of me. I still remember it like it was yesterday.


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