One day I asked Luke if we could make a board together for myself, he said yes and from that point I knew I wanted to learn everything about shaping.
At the beginning, I didn’t think about becoming a shaper, I just wanted to learn and have the ability to make my own boards, but just as a hobby. After a few months close friends were trying my boards out and started to ask if they could have one of their own.
Being at The Toy Factory was great for me. Not only because of the learning curve, and because we were making surfboards under my name at the factory, but because of the legends, peers and really good surfers I got to meet. Master craftsmen such as Malcom Campbell (creator of the Bonzer) and Ryan Lovelace, a Californian shaper who could hand shape a board like you and I eat pizza.
It was thanks to these people and many others who made setting up a factory in Spain possible. Gold Dust Surfboards was born in Spain in 2016, and together with my business partner, Mario Alonso, we have created a shaping business that is continuing to develop the sickest boards in the area, putting together all the knowledge and expertise from our years of experience. Our goal: to offer our customer a wide range of custom surfboards with the highest quality and best finish.