The 16 Best Local Custom Surfboard Shapers in Australia

You can never have too many surfboards in your quiver! It’s just a matter of finding the space to keep them all. Before you go forking out cash for your next factory-made generic shortboard, consider grabbing yourself a silky, hand-cut board from one of these local custom boardshapers.

In no particular order, please see our list below of the 16 best local custom surfboard shapers in Australia.

Wayne Lowen

1. Wayne Lowen

Brand: Lowen88

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

With 30 years’ experience in boardshaping, it’s no surprise that Wayne is one of the most highly regarded shapers in QLD.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Paul & James King Surfboards

2. Paul & James King

Brand: Sanctum Surf

Location: Warriewood, NSW

These two brothers have expanded their custom surfboard operation to an online store that stocks a wider range of surf products. They specialise in twin keel boards which are super responsive under foot.

 Check them out here

 

 

 

Pieter Surfboards

3. Pieter Stockert

Brand: Pieter Surfboards

Location: Newcastle, NSW

Pieter is a real character and loves to post video diaries of his shaping shenanigans on social media (check out his long-form interview with a customer here). Surfers from across the world seek out Pieter’s boards to add to their quivers.

Check him out here

 

 

 

4. Ross Marshall

4. Ross Marshall

Brand: Off The Lip Designs

Location: Cabarita Beach, NSW

Ross Marshall was something of a surfing legend in Cronulla NSW in the 70’s and 80’s. Now based in Cabarita Beach on the NSW North Coast, Ross has been making surfboards on and off since 1976 and is now addicted to photography.

Check him out here

 

 

 

5. Andy Collyer

5. Andy Collyer

Brand: AMC Surfboards

Location: Halls Head, WA

Despite shaping only being a hobby for Andy, his simple designs are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Dean Gladman Surfboards

6. Dean Gladman

Brand: DMG Shapes and Designs

Location: Ocean Grove, VIC

Dean shapes a huge range of boards of varying different lengths and types. Dean can truly shape the perfect board for any surfer.

Check him out here

 

 

Murray Bourton Surfboards

7. Murray Bourton

Brand: Pipedream Surfboards

Location: Currumbin Waters, QLD

Murray is a hugely experienced shaper. He mixes 70s design with modern shapes to make some seriously sexy boards. Due to popular demand, Murray has re-opened his previously shelved vintage brand, Pipedream Surfboards.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Steve Middleton Surfboards

8. Steve Middleton

Brand: JARVEN Surfboards

Location: Engadine, NSW

Steve’s “High Performance Fish” is super popular with locals. He achieves the perfect blend of performance with a little extra volume for easy paddling.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Christian Laing Surfboards

9. Christian Laing

Brand: Christian M Laing Surfboards

Location: Berkeley Vale, NSW

These guys are bit of an institution on the Central Coast and rightly so. With huge amounts of experience in the team, these guys pump out boards on the regular.

Check them out here

 

 

 

Steve Del Rosso Surfboards

10. Steve Del Rosso

Brand: Clearwater Surfboards

Location: Currumbin Waters, QLD

Steve is a verified expert when it comes to gloss polish finishes and resin tints. His boards are seriously smooth on the eye.

Check him out here

 

 

 

 Dylan Longbottom Surfboards

11. Dylan Longbottom

Brand: Dylan Surfboards

Location: Port Kembla, NSW

Not only does Dylan have a reputation for being a top bloke but he's also a very talented shaper. Plenty of pros rely on Dylan's boards for big contests.

Check him out here

 

 

 

John Harris Surfboards

12. John Harris

Brand: FreeGlide Surfboards

Location: Tweed Heads, QLD

John's been shaping since 77 and even worked in the legendary Bob McTavish's garage in the 70's. John carefully plans every contour to ensure he shapes your board to precisely match your style of riding.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Bruce Kay Surfboards

13. Bruce Kay

Brand: BK Shapes

Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Bruce never uses cheap materials so his boards can withstand even the heaviest of thrashings.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Jye Gudenswager Surfboards

14. Jye Gudenswager

Brand: Gen4 Surfboards

Location: Tweed Heads, NSW

Jye’s great grandfather, Frank Adler, was one of the pioneers of Australian surfboard riding and shaping. Jye is the fourth generation to shape boards in his family and was practically born into the craft.

Check him out here

 

 

 

 Stuey Campbell Surfboards

15. Stuey Campbell

Brand: Waterpistols Surfboards

Location: Noosa Heads, QLD

"The Toe" all-rounder is one of our favourite boards in their range. Stop in to their studio in Noosa for a coffee or beer.

Check him out here

 

 

 

Hayden Cox Surfboards

16. Hayden Cox

Brand: Haydenshapes

Location: Mona Vale, NSW

Hayden started shaping at the tender age of 15 and has grown up to be an absolute force in the global custom board market. His store in Sydney has such a sharp aesthetic it feels like you're stepping into an Apple store for surfboards.

Check him out here

1 comment

  • How do you pick the best?

    Matt Hurworth

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