BROTH­ERS IN FOAM

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When some­one dies that you have known all your life, some­one you have re­spected, liked and ad­mired, some­one you just ex­pect to see at the beach, it leaves you with a feel­ing of empti­ness, a re­cur­ring feel­ing of loss and cost.

Within the last month we have had to mul­ti­ply that loss and cost by two. Two of our great­est shapers, two men who went about shap­ing their ca­reers in com­plete op­po­site fash­ion, have gone. Al­lan Byrne and Craig Hughes. Al­lan grew up in the quiet coastal town of Gis­borne and took his shap­ing and surf­ing to a global au­di­ence, while Craig Hughes, who af­ter trav­el­ling the world fine tun­ing the art of shap­ing in Aus­tralia and Europe, re­turned home to grow his fam­ily and busi­ness in the small sea­side town of Raglan. While their ca­reers took dif­fer­ent paths ul­ti­mately they both strived and ex­celled in the same thing, cre­at­ing boards that saw the surfers that rode them surf bet­ter. They were both pas­sion­ate be­yond the shap­ing bay in the growth of the sport and the growth of their fam­i­lies, of which they are both sur­vived by their three chil­dren and wives. Our deep­est con­do­lences go out to the loved ones of Al and Craig. Our world will never be the same with­out you, but it

would never have been this way with­out you. May you rest in peace.

Ex­erts from a hand writ­ten let­ter sent home to Bob Davies from Al dur­ing the 1968 World Champs. Al­lan was only 17 years old and al­ready had a pas­sion and eye for surf­board anal­y­sis.

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