I became interested in making boards on my first trip to Australia in 1987. When I came back I worked for our local shaper at that time learning the basics, earning just enough for the next surf trip. I was there for several years then moved on and got work with Ocean Magic. Here I production shaped for seven years, learning the finer details of shaping across the whole range of surfboards from kite boards, kneeboards, to eleven foot mals.
Now on my own I’ve teamed up with Paul Fluin who is an extremely talented board builder, in doing so we have created an unsurpassed dream team, producing high quality surfboards for all shapes, sizes and styles. A lot of the inspiration for making boards comes from the people we worked with along my long road, some of them glassers, shapers, designers, sanders, and sprayers. They all contribute to the finished board without them it wouldn't work and here's a few names we’ve been fortunate to rub shoulders with: Albert Whiteman, Errol Hickman, Phil Northey, Larry Loggins, Rich Pavel, Mandala, Nigel Semmens, Matt Biolos, Simon Lockley, Daz Needham, Brian Bulkley.
Today working alongside Steve West and Mistral, combining his invaluable knowledge of paddle sports, with that of windsurfing, has allowed me to use my shaping knowledge in a new and exciting way and open my eyes to the world of SUP design. I'm happy to say, our first run of race boards in particular have been an overwhelming success story. It's also been fantastic to work with Mistral UK Team Rider Ryan James in getting his feedback and support.