The state of Victoria, Australia is well-known for its jagged coastline, its wild weather and the raw energy of the Southern Ocean.
If you’re prepared to venture along The Great Ocean Road, and escape the packed peaks of Winkipop and Bells, there’s plenty of good surf to be found. The accessibility of surf spots from The Great Ocean road make it a good choice for surfing several spots in one day. Aside, from the great waves there’s also some local legends of surfing who have forged themselves reputations as some of Australia’s top surfboard shapers.
Perhaps one of the more recognisable names, Wayne Lynch is a counter-culture icon. A conscientious objector to the Vietnam war, Lynch lived by his own rules and rejected authority in all forms. As for his surfing, it can only be described as ‘from the future’. As the film ‘Unchartered Waters’ uncovers just how radical his surfing was at the time, as he pioneered vertical-line drawing in the late 60’s.
It was a different era then, and the onus was very much on being self-reliant. Indeed, the film shows that he was making his own surfboards out of his parents’ garage, putting a few bucks in the tank and heading out to surf ‘mysto’ spots all along The Great Ocean Road. Having shaped since the 60’s, Lynch’s surfboards are highly sought after. His boards reflect his simple living lifestyle and spirituality where everything flows well and he doesn’t try to overcomplicate things.
His boards are instantly recognisable from his distinctive logo of a yellow paw set against a circular red background. Maurice is one of those shapers that is constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries when it comes to modern day surfboard manufacturer. This is certainly shown in his recent models such as ‘The Shiva’. Experimenting with deep concaves and also working with big wave surfers on tow boards, Maurice is extremely versatile when it comes to making robust and high-performance boards.
Locals call him ‘Browny’ and he can often be seen shredding on a long board and has forged a well-established reputation in the surf industry as being a damn good shaper to boot. Known for his enigmatic personality, and his own brand of surfboards called ‘Gash’. He used to shape with Wayne Lynch and Mark Phipps under the label ‘Roar’. Now, very much doing his own thing and shaping boards for Quiksilver, his boards are highly respected within the Surf industry and are surely on any locals’ wishlist.
Eiji has been shaping for over 40 years and has spent nearly half of that surfing some of the big winter swells that Victoria is famed for. Often seen at Bells charging bombs, Eiji puts his boards through rigorous testing and is certainly the big wave surfers’ shaper of choice. Known for his precision and quality in his designs Eiji’s surfboards are also highly sought after in the Torquay area.
Written by Dom Taylor. Dom is a surfer from the UK who has lived in Australia for the last 3 years. He has a keen interest in shaping and the manufacturer of surfboards. He owns Shaka Surf, an online store selling eco-surf products, apparel and accessories which currently has a 40% off sale on.
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