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Tom Wegener is arguably the most cutting edge shaper in the world. 

He started the alaia revolution in 2005 and was named Shaper of the Year in 2009 for this.  Then he took the dynamics of the alaia and applied them to modern materials and designed the Seaglass Project Tuna and Albacore boards to make a new age of finless surfboards.

Tom was the inspiration for the wood board movement.  In 2001 he discovered that paulownia is the best wood for surfboards because of its highly unusual property of not sucking up salt water.  Tom stopped making foam surfboards and turned only to paulownia wood and made over 300 hollow wood finned surfboards.  (Also, the alaia revolution was possible because Tom’s work with paulownia).  Tom is most proud of his green factory which has no toxic chemicals and almost no waste.  

Tom started shaping surfboards in 1979 and his brother Jon took up the planer a few years later.  Working together Tom and Jon have developed many surfboards and are still working together.  Jon is in Encinitas, California while Tom moved to Noosa Heads, Australia in 1998.

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16 May

My Sabbatical Leave from Shaping


Hello surfers,

I have enrolled in a PhD program at the University of the Sunshine Coast studying the Sustainability of the Surfboard Industry on the Sunshine Coast.  I am loving it!!! I feel that the local surfboard industry is forgetting more than it is learning and the culture of inventing and designing may be lost.     It is not impossible, it happened in Hawaii in the 1800s.  It takes a critical mass of open minded, knowledgeable, hungry surfers to keep the innovation fire burning, and if it goes out I feel there will be a big loss to the social fabric of Australian surfing culture and heritage.

While I am studying I can’t be busy making surfboards.  I tried and I found that I can’t do it. So, until I am finished with my PhD, I will not be making surfboards – except for the Surfie Surfboards.

I will continue with the Surfie boards because they are relatively easy for me make and I think they are the ultimate surfing vehicle. 

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28 Jun

Albacore Photo Competition


We are hosting out first Instagram based photo competition!

Upload photos of you or your friends riding an Albacore to instagram with the tags #GSIalbacore and #albacorecomp to be in the running to win your free Albacore, size of your choice.

The more wacky the riding, the further your shot will go. Invent new maneuvers, tube ride backwards, shuvit, anythiing that takes your fancy. Don't be afraid to name your maneuvers, as we are trying to expand the High Performace Finless world.

Competition begins July 1st and ends November 1st.

Go Shoot!



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