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Round up of the Gold Coast's best local surfboards

Kate Webster | October 21, 2021

Surfing and the Gold Coast pretty much go hand in hand.

A mecca for board riders, the 57-kilometre-long strip of pristine coastline offers waves for every level of surfer, from small rolling waves to the world-famous breaks along the Superbank.

Every year, the world’s eyes are on the waves at Snapper Rocks as the WSL’s best surfers drop in for the Corona Open Gold Coast. It is no wonder the Gold Coast has produced a stellar lineup of surfing champions, from Phyllis O’Donnell, Michael Peterson, Rabbit Bartholomew, and Peter Townend in the ‘60s and ‘70s, to Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore in the 2000s.

With the selection of surf sports to froth over, also comes a variety of local board makers to get you decked out and ready to hit the waves. You’ll find retro surfboards, hybrid models, high-performance boards, vintage logs, and big wave surfing machines. Here is a guide to where you can grab your next board so you can ride the best Gold Coast surf breaks.

 

 

Stuart Surf Design, Mermaid Beach

Where: 2576 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Established in 1986, local shaper Stuart Smith has focused on the craft and design of high-quality surfboards which are made at the local factory surf shop in Mermaid Beach. He specialises in custom orders, so if you can walk away with a surfboard you know is locally made and one of a kind. Stuart Surf Design is all about community and they work closely with locals, surfboard riding clubs and surf schools to keep the surfing spirit and lifestyle maintained on the Gold Coast. They also work closely with athletes competing in the Men’s Qualifying Series World Surf League providing them with high-performance series surfboards to compete with the best of the best. Onsite local shaper, Stuart Smith, collaborates with Californian surfboard manufacturer Xanadu Surf Designs where you can find some of his product available in-store only as well. You can see Stuart in-store during the week pumping out our unique surfboard range factory direct from start to finish.

 

Pipedream Surfboards, Currumbin

Where: Pipedream Factory, Unit 11/7 Traders Way, Currumbin

The Pipedream brand has experienced 38 years of surfboard design evolution and currently has seven models in the Pipedream range that are skewed more toward the fun and exploratory side of surfing. Owner Murray Bourton is a hugely experienced shaper. He mixes 70s design with modern shapes to make some seriously sexy boards. In his own words, Murray believes the real focus should now be fixated on design, design and more design. The Pipedream range reflects Murray’s evolutionary journey from the early seventies to now.

 

Clearwater Surfboards, Currumbin Waters

Location: 46 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters

Clearwater Surfboards was founded in 1987 and purchased by Steve Del Rosso in 1996. Steve began his shaping career in 1986 along the way learning and honing his skills from some of the masters of the surfboard industry, namely Burt Burger, Simon Anderson, Col Ladhams, Mick Manolas, DHD, Murray Bourton, Mick Button and Lufi, all this well before the advent of today’s shaping/profiling machines. Steve is a verified expert when it comes to gloss polish finishes and resin tints. His boards are seriously smooth on the eye. Whilst Clearwater offers a comprehensive range of current models in short/mid/longboards, Steve is more than happy to assist customers with any special custom orders they may require.

 

 

Hammon Surfboards, Coolangatta

Where: 152 Griffith Street, Coolangatta,

Hammo Surfboards is the work of local Gold Coast surfer and shaper Dane Hamilton. Hammo, as he is affectionately known, is renowned in the surf industry for his years of surfing in the WQS and his skills as a shaper. Hammo brings his skills and knowledge of surfing in different conditions to the shaping bay creating an epic range of high-performance custom surfboards. At Hammo Surfboards, they believe a surfer should feel comfortable under their feet and be purely an extension of one’s self. Hammo believes in personalising the experience, and “when one of my boards enhances the performance and enjoyment of a customer’s surfing I’m stoked.”

 

JR Surfboards, Mermaid Beach

Where: 4 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach

Amongst the hotbed of surfing and shaping talent on the Gold Coast, Jason Rodd has forged a reputation as a shaping industry leader in terms of design, innovation, performance, quality and service. An established, respected and trusted brand, JR Surfboards provides exceptional, Australian-made, high-quality boards at an affordable price. From classic Indo guns, lively summer grovelers, and high-performance shortboards to unique retro numbers, Jason’s skill set and experience lends itself to the creation of your ultimate board. The brand has put boards under the feet of some of the world’s best competitive surfers and can custom make a board to suit any surfer.

 

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