I always loved being in the ocean from my very early years and grew up on foamies, zippies and surf-a-planes before finally progressing to serious surfboards. My first board was a 9’6″, 40lb log which took all my strength, and my brother’s, to get it down to the water. In 1971 I acquired a six foot Joe Larkin single fin which today would be considered a collectible classic. It was during this 70’s era that surfboard design went through a huge phase of experimentation / design change and it still influences my thinking today.
As I was honing my skills on the point breaks of the Gold Coast, Straddie and Noosa, I also made my initial foray into the world of surfboard making. I kept myself and my mates in relatively cheap boards for some time, working out of an old shed in my parents backyard. After finishing school, I did a short stint on prawn trawlers and cray fishing in northern NSW before committing myself to three decades in the building industry. I have now gone full circle and rediscovered the joys of making surfboards.
I love the passion, challenges and satisfaction that go with producing beautiful and functional surfcraft. At Fuyu Surfboards, we acknowledge the essence and soul of surfing through maintaining our local industry, aiming at all times for quality rather than quantity, and implementing feedback from our customers.
All our surfboards are constructed from the best available materials to ensure a long-lasting quality product. Each board is individually hand-shaped to order and great care is taken with the fine details of bottom contours, foil and fin placement.
Paul learnt his craft from observing top shapers at work and is especially indebted to master shaper, Mickey Thompson of Raglan Longboards, for passing on some valuable skills which he continues to employ. Due to Mickey’s influence, Fuyu is one of the few grass roots companies still resisting the mass-production trend and producing completely handcrafted boards.
All boards over 7′ feature Red Cedar or blond Amora stringers. Glassing is premium quality utilising tints, pigments, and cut laps. Come in and talk to your shaper.