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Gavin Upson's 1-DA Shapes celebrates anniversary

1-DA shaper Gavin Upson © 1-DA



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Out of the ashes of Base/DHD, new board brand emerges

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 March, 2015 - Australia - Four years after Base/DHD's sudden closing, Australian shaper Gavin Upson is proud to celebrate his board brand, 1-DA's one-year anniversary. 

Upson spent ten years shaping for some of the top talent in the world—Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Silvana Lima, Adriano DeSouza, and others. After Base/DHD closed in 2011, Upson took the opportuntiy to step back and consider his next move. His experience at Base had left a bad taste in his mouth. After much consideration, Upson decided to soldier on solo. 

"It was a blessing in disguise that Base/DHD closed down in 2011," Upson said. "It gave me th opportunity to reassess my life... I feel so proud to have chosen to take my own path. It took me almost a year to come to terms it, but what a revelation."


Nikki Arnold

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