Surfing is more than a sport. It’s a spiritual experience and connection to the ocean.
Traditionally surfboards have been handcrafted and locally produced by individuals fueled by a passion for the trade and community. That community, or “local” mentality, often defines territory and strengthens the personal connection between a surfer and the guy (or gal) who made the board. Australia is home to a handful, yet globally recognized workshops. With the introduction of CNC machines and inferior imports flooding the market, mass production and cheap labor have impacted this trade, with many smaller businesses often struggling to compete. The troubles facing these workshops have added to those brewing in Australia’s steel, aluminum, automotive and garment industries. With renewed public debate and media commentary on the future of manufacturing, we now face a crisis of ‘making things’ in Australia. Luckily the craft hasn’t vanished. An elite group of master shapers remains, with younger generations revitalizing the industry at a grassroots level. To many surfers, hand shaping is still considered the best way to make a high-performance board. Custom boards offer award winning designs and quality unmatched by the competition. To create a board 100% by hand takes an expert eye and years to perfect. This knowledge can only be learned through practice over time, passed down from generation to generation.
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