Still in France, you have SLASH, Julien Kerneur previous shaper before being hired (caught
) by RRD in May 2011http://www.slashboards.fr/
- the contact is marc@@slashboards.fr
Julien's move to RRD highlights another point - not only money but also development skills are moving from local shapers to the kite production industry.
No / less feedback from races, no / less sponsored young talents to provide quality feedbacks about the board being developped - The sad and hidden face of the race market maturity somehow
On the other hand, the foillboard community (222 official members and growing plus twice as many non registered regular readers worldwide) on the kitefoil forum is waiting for the foilboard Worlds'impact in May 2012 so that a major brand could propose a mass produced, stiff, slim and effective molded hydrofoil+board set under 1200 USD.
"Foilboarding and mass production for a growing market" to be followed here http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=159&t=2372429&p=720544#p720544