In support of the upcoming Noosa Surf Film Festival this week, the team at Threads Project and the Noosa Junction Creative Precinct have invited Noosa's surfboard shapers to showcase their work and lead a discussion panel about the history and future of surfboard shaping for the Sunshine Coast at 4pm on Saturday 24th of October in Noosa Junction.
Noosa has been built of the back of a vibrant and colourful surfing culture, home to some of the best surf breaks in Australia. To celebrate and promote Noosa as leading surf destination, a group of shaping legends and newcomers to the industry will be discussing the evolution of surfboard shaping and its future for Noosa.
Born and bred Noosa local, Tully St John has been crafting surfboards for over 20 years. Learning from his dad Mike, who has been a pioneer of the industry since the early 70s, Tully is seeing a resurgence of surfing culture.
"Surfboard shaping in Noosa was in its heyday in the early 70's but during the late 80s there was a shift in focus towards tourism, so the surfing culture kind of went underground."
Today, the surf culture could not be stronger. With the next generation of shapers hitting the scene like Tom Wegener, Thomas Bexon and Andrew Warhurst, they are innovating new board designs and re-engineering historical shapes.
While Tom Wegener is leading the Alaia revolution of timber surfboards, Thomas Bexon is reworking classic Hayden models alongside his own brands. The local talent and ingenuity of todays shapers will only to continue to strengthen with the support of young and old surfers alike.
This is a great opportunity to meet the makers behind the boards and support local industries.
Smile for a Child will be raffling a custom made surf board by Josh Constable of Creative Army on the day, alongside local music & a public surf film showing by Tom Wegener.
Meet the Makers, Surfboard Shapers Panel
4pm Saturday 24 October 2015
Junction Alley, 24 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction
Junction Alley, Noosa Junction
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