BROTHERS IN FOAM
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.