Surfboard Shapers

Shapers are the unsung heroes of the surfing industry - a crazy thought, considering they’re the creators of the very thing that singularly defines us as “surfers”. But, just like our generations of talented watermen & women, Australian shapers have been at the forefront of the industry for decades.

It’s our belief that ordering a board is a deeply personal practice. Something that should be considered, discussed and decided upon carefully. Rather than take away from part of that experience, we’d prefer to add to it.
For that very reason you won’t find surfboards for sale on Surf Collective. What you will find is a showcase of our favorite Australian shapers. We’ll share what we know of their story, and what we love about their boards, along with their contact details.

We’re not turning a profit from it, but we’d love if you could ‘pay-it-forward’ and drop our name, when you decide to order that rad new custom whip from one of these incredible craftsmen.

They say ‘west is best’, and these sleds are sawn, mown, glassed and sanded in a leaky shed in North Freo.
Anyone who knows anything about the surf industry, knows of these boards.
With a desire to be riding the right board for whatever conditions were on offer, DJB Surfboards was born.
Joel draws on knowledge and experiences that most in the industry can only dream of having.
You can either argue who did what first and did it best, or you can put fresh McTavish fibreglass & foam under your feet and wash all that clean away…
Nothing’s more important than the relationship between a surfer and his or her board, except the relationship between a rider and the shaper that crafts their boards.
‘Necessity’ they say, ‘is the mother of invention’, and Mark from Riley Balsa Wood Boards will testify proudly to that. Two broken surfboards at Mexican Pipe back in ’96 saw him make a solid balsa rider right there and then. He’s never looked back.
Originally cooked up over a morning cuppa as a crazy scheme to share their collective obsession with building wooden surfboards, long-time Vicco surfers & Mt Eliza mates Rob, Gary & Darren have turned Tree to Sea Australia® from dream to reality.
“It’s easy to shape a surfboard… it’s very difficult to design one to do a specific job.” Mark Rabbidge of Rabbidge Surf Designs makes real surfboards for real people, not generic pro models for mass consumption in a faceless store.
Hailing from Broulee on the NSW South Coast, Robbie Marshall of Soul Arch Surfboards has been creating boards of all shapes and sizes for the past 7 years.