“With a state-of-the-art factory to experiment with new shapes and technologies, and one of the world’s best surfers to test my creations, I’m happy to say that my current collection of boards is my best work yet… what more could any shaper ask for?”


– Johnny Cabianca

Johnny Cabianca knows surfboards. For the past 35 years, from São Paolo to Zarautz, Spain via Sunset Beach and Santa Cruz, he’s been mowing foam and studying the art. Encyclopaedic in his knowledge of the finer points of modern surfboard shaping and production, Johnny has worked with the best, and, as Matt Biolos puts it: “is as good as anyone, except nobody knew it.”

But people were going to know it. Johnny started shaping boards for a talented young kid from his home beach in Maresias, Brazil. It soon turned out that this kid was beyond talented; Gabriel Medina would become a world champion. The rest is history: a legend-making match that brings us to 2016, and the start of a new era with a brand-new shaping facility in the Basque Country.


The Basque Country Surf Company (BCSC) was founded in 2016 by shapers and old friends Johnny Cabianca and Mikel Agote. BCSC’s brand-new shaping facility and R&D centre in Zarautz produces surfboards for the global market. For his Brazilian customers, Johnny works with Pro-Ilha, Brazils leading surfboard factory. With several innovative new technologies and a showroom – so watch this space… or drop by to talk surfboards with Johnny personally.

A state-of-the-art
surfboard factory

Basque Country Surf Company Glassing Room Surfboards
Basque Country Surf Company Blue Room Shape Room Johnny Cabianca
Basque Country Surf Company Sanding Room Cabianca Surfboards
Basque Country Surf Company UV Box Light Box Resin Surfboards Johnny Cabianca


Basque Country Surf Company CNC machine AKU surfboards cutting design

The science of better surfboards

Here at BCSC we’re working in a brand new factory with the latest technology, including a state-of-the-art AKU shaping machine. It’s simple: more precise tools equal better quality in quantity, as nothing in the original design gets lost in translation. Having our own dedicated shaping machine also means we can guarantee fast and efficient delivery of your custom order.

We’re also investing heavily into developing new technologies, always with the aim of making our boards stronger, lighter, brighter and longer lasting. For the latest news on our growing range of tech, subscribe to our newsletter.

Currently, we offer the following:

Materials: PU-polyester (regular) or EPS / epoxy

Carbon patches: Standard carbon fibre tail patches are available: we are currently developing new carbon technologies – check back soon.

Glassing: Many different options – standard 4+4oz deck/4oz base.

Color: With our experienced in-house artist and glasser, every type of finish, color tint or custom design is possible – just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

Basque Country Surf Company cutting surfboard blanks
Basque Country Surf Company Computer controlling CNC machine
Basque Country Surf Company CNC Machine cutting surfboard blanks Johnny Cabianca

PRESS + MEDIA | March, 2024 | PT | „Os foguetes de Gabriel Medina” | February, 2024 | EN | „Gabriel Medina’s lifelong surfboard designer Johnny Cabianca arrives in Australia on shaping tour” | June, 2023 | FR | „Johnny Cabianca, le shape a haut niveau” | May, 2023 | EN | “GM Shaper reveals magic pool toys” | June, 2022 | EN | “What’s Under Gabe’s Feet” | September, 2021 | EN | “The magic invisibility of the perfect surfboard” | September, 2021 | EN | “Gabriel Medina Has Some New Weapons For The Rip Curl WSL Finals” | September 17, 2021 | ES | “El titulo mundial lleva sello zarauztarra” | July, 2021 | PT | “Medina e as pranchas pro Japão” | June, 2021 | PT | “O quiver da piscina” | February, 2021 | EN | “An Inside Look At Gabriel Medina’s Magic Australia Quiver With Shaper Johnny Cabianca” | November, 2020 | EN | “A Sneak Peek At Gabriel Medina’s 2021 Quiver” | March, 2019 | PT | “Não tenho problema em ser underground” | August, 2019 | EN | “Longtom on the Cabianca/Medina DFK – the easiest pro level board I have wrangled” | July, 2019 | PT | „Este é o shaper de Gabriel Medina” | July, 2019 | PT | „Qual a prancha que Medina usou na final em Jeffery’s Bay” | June, 2019 | EN | „Johnny Cabianca On Current Surfboard Retail Landscape & Shaping Boards For World Champ Medina”

On Running Commercial | January, 2019 | EN | „On Running – Speedboard” | January, 2019 | EN | „Who is Gabriel Medina’s Shaper?” | October, 2018 | EN | „The Inside Track On Medina’s European Quiver” | August, 2018 | EN | „The surprising secrets inside Gabriel Medina’s surfboards” | March 15, 2016 | EN | „The Art of Surfing: Can board design really affect performance, scoring?” | May 6, 2015 | EN | “Five Incredible Shapers You Should Know“

Floha de S. Paulo | August 2, 2015 | PT | “Criador das pranchas de Medina se supera, mas só vê futuro fora do Brasil“ | May 16, 2015 | PT | “Johnny Cabianca: o criador das pranchas de Gabriel Medina“ | January 19, 2015 | EN | “New Champ, New Boards: Medina’s 2015 Quiver“ | June 8, 2010 | PT | “Johnny Cabianca – homem de fibra“