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What made you want to be­come a surf­board shaper? I was al­ways in­ter­ested in how things worked so get­ting into shap­ing came from surf­ing.

Best thing about be­ing a shaper? Get­ting a call from a stoked cus­tomer and the peo­ple you meet through the process.

Who in­spires your shap­ing? Surfer? I like how Kelly is so into his boards so that’s in­spi­ra­tional I guess?

Surf­board com­pa­nies are start­ing to in­clude board vol­ume on their di­men­sions, do you think it’s a good mea­sure­ment to base your board choice on and how do you de­cide what vol­ume board fits you? Vol­umes def­i­nitely the catch phrase right now but it’s great to know what suits and ap­ply that to build­ing a quiver based around vol­ume as a start­ing point for sure. I think that us­ing the com­puter helps get­ting that di­aled in. There’s a few for­mula’s out there, I’ve got a good one which I’m happy to send out. What are the key things a surfer should look at when look­ing for a new board? Where is it made, what is it made out of and does it suit where you are surf­ing and your abil­ity. Is it made lo­cally? Try a few out if you can be­fore and fig­ure out what you want the new board to be or do for your surf­ing. With pretty much ev­ery shaper us­ing a com­puter to shape their boards

do you think shapers will ever be­come ir­rel­e­vant in the fu­ture? The shaper will never be ir­rel­e­vant; a lot of my boards still come off the planer and I’m con­stantly up­dat­ing tem­plates etc and then build­ing com­puter files to suit. You still have to be able to hand shape to in­no­vate and keep things real, even the big shap­ing names around the world still know how to use a planer.

What board should ev­ery surfer have in their quiver? A small wave groveller which turns aver­age days into fun ones.

Who’s the fu­ture of NZ surf­ing? The ev­ery­day surfer who de­cides what to buy and how much of that thought process in­volves lo­cally made prod­ucts. It re­ally is in the hands of the surfers who ul­ti­mately will shape the fu­ture of surf­ing in this coun­try both in and out of the wa­ter.

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