The Wild Atlantic Surfboard Company : Custom Surfboard Shapers Ireland
Our custom surfboards at The Wild Atlantic Surfboard Company have always been at the core of our initial vision to connect the Ocean and the Surfing Community that ride its waves.
We have brought together some of the world’s best shapers to design and craft surfboards that can be surfed in the great conditions we have here in Ireland but also across other surf breaks and beaches across the Atlantic and beyond. As our name suggests, it was always about the surfboards first and then other products and the lifestyle associated with them after.
Taking high performance surfboards and making them accessible for surfers of all levels to use and ride is no simple task.
A quality shaper understands a surfer’s ability, the conditions they surf in and their goals and then shapes them the best performing board that will help them progress and unlock new levels of ability in their surfing.
Our aim is to produce an exceptional standard of performance surfboards designed for Irish and Atlantic waves using the best available products and methods. In addition we want to invite other master shaper from Ireland and beyond who will use the Atlantic as a testing ground for their products.
Their interpretation from decades of experience of custom shaping for waves and people all over the world will only further enhance the profile of surfing in Ireland.
Our Surfboard Shapers
Shaper Matt Adams hails from Newquay in Cornwall and as a master shaper has overseen and shaped over 20 thousand boards in his 30 years plus as a surfboard shaper. A huge supporter of the project and shaping for Atlantic waves Matt also supported the current UK surf team in their early development and progression to championship level. Matt shaped for rising stars on the world stage and QSL surfers Luke Dillon, Joshua Braddock, Finn Collins and Lucy Campbell amongst others. His own mentoring with progressive shapers led him to develop an established line of over 15 boards in his general quiver, all performance related but adaptable for all surfers on their lifetime journey and progression.
His enthusiasm to be part of and shape for the project was met with attention and detail to Irish waves and conditions. Each surfboard is a well thought out shape of how well they would adapt across the UK and European breaks and exploring those similarities in designs, proven and tested over time from beginners to pros. Matt designed and shaped our Retro Fish, Performance Shortboard, Longboard, Double Wing Fish and Mini Longboard surfboards on the Wild Atlantic Surfboard range and remains on board as one of our master custom surfboard shapers.
Shaper Luke Underwood is originally from the central coast in New South Wales, Australia. A second generation shaper Luke’s career started at Outer Island Surfboards and he then moved up and down Australia shaping and glassing and learning his craft from master shapers in Australia for over 20 years. He then went on to form his own factory after sanding, glassing and shaping for DHD, Lost, Chilli and Simon Anderson to name a few. In his time Luke may have shaped thousands of boards ridden by the worlds top pros and everyday surfers alike.
A true craftsman and a wealth of knowledge about every aspect of surfboard shaping and manufacturing Luke now lives with his family in County Clare where he is also actively surfing and testing his own designs.
Luke’s enthusiasm for the project embodies the spirit of Irish Surfing in his modesty, craft and optimism. He shaped and adapted the pin twin, modern quad surfboard and step up surfboard and performance egg surfboards which are all shapes ridden all over Ireland and afar today under the Wild Atlantic banner.
Luke owns his own shaping and glassing factory in County Clare and is a permanent fixture in the Irish Surfing Scene, often seen at surfing competitions and gatherings and sometimes competing. He is a credit to the project and his focus is on fun as much as performance in his craft, the true spirit of Irish Surfing – keeping that smile when you are out there on the Ocean.