Gold Coast Retains Surf Industry Talent When Ghost Shaper Goes Solo
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 June, 2013 : - - Talented surfboard craftsman, Gavin Upson, has chosen to stay on the Gold Coast to continue his surfboard shaping & designing career.
With a career spanning 20+ years shaping surfboards, including 10+ years as the main ‘ghost’ shaper for a Gold Coast based international label which closed down in 2011, Upson is proud to announce the official commencement of his new label based on the Gold Coast, Gavin Upson Shapes.
Upson declined many offers to work for international labels interstate and overseas, choosing instead to make his mark in the surf industry under his own surfboard label.
“Choosing to stay on the Gold Coast to open my new business made sense – it has a rich surf history and I look forward to continuing to be a part of the high percentage of surfboard manufacturers who make boards for the world’s best right here on the Gold Coast.”
Throughout his career, Upson has designed and shaped boards for many pro riders and world champions, including Brazilian Adriano De Souza and Australian Sally Fitzgibbons.
Out of respect for his former position as main ‘ghost’ shaper, many other pro surfers’ names will not be revealed, particularly as many of them are still unaware as to the extent of Upson’s involvement with their winning quiver.
“I’m taking this opportunity to start up my own label again to continue my dream of designing & shaping surfboards for the world’s best surfers, as well as for surfers generally. I’m hoping to prove to myself that I can be a decent, honest person, a talented designer/shaper and run a successful business at the same time.
So I’d like to officially announce the beginning of Gavin Upson Shapes in 2013. I hope you enjoy the ride with me!!!”
Upson’s long history in the surf industry, depth of knowledge of surfboard design (through both the old style craftsmanship of hand shaping and more modern computer design) and pro rider interaction is reflected in the versatile quiver on offer at Gavin Upson Shapes. Ranges include Grom, Pro, All Rounder, Big Boy, Hybrid, Single Fin, Gun and Longboard. Check the range out at gavinupsonshapes.com/surfboard-models/
GAVIN UPSON SHAPES is proud to announce the launch of its website gavinupsonshapes.com in support of Upson’s goal to take a surfer to world championship status.
Source: Gavin Upson Shapes
Author: The Editors
Tags: Gavin Upson Shapes, Surfboards, Shapers, Gold Coast