“My first aim when I opened the Gulf Stream surfboard factory in 1993 was to provide an income to support my surfing habit. My second aim was to make the business thrive so that it could become recognised and respected for craftsmanship within the surfboard industry. Nearly 21 years later we are still thriving and making boards that are performing at the frontier of modern wave riding. Local surfer Andrew Cotton, who having just ridden one of the biggest waves ever recorded on one of our boards, is just one example of that.
But what remains of my original aims?
For sure, I’m still surfing pretty much to the best of my abilities and I don’t miss many surfs, but I don’t want that to be my epitaph. At the end of the day it comes down to this, if someone looks at my work and sees a board they like, that’s nice. If they find pleasure in riding it, that’s better still. But if, when they own a Gulf Stream surfboard, they see the craftsmanship and appreciate the actual process, technique and labour of love behind the making of it, that makes me really happy.”
Shaper, sander, surfer (Business owner)
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