Locally made surfboards were among the best

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WHEN Southern Man opened its doors, local surfboard shapers were churning out the latest boards sought after by surfers up and down the coast.

Kent said people would flock to the shop to see the latest models and to meet the local shapers.

Mark Richards’ boards were the first sold by Southern Man, with Ulladulla Surf Board Co by Bruce Heggie and Swift Stix models by Terry Glass soon to fill the racks.

Kent said Skip and BK boards were also popular. “People from out of town would come to see these guys and buy local boards,” he said.

“They lived and breathed surfing and their boards were brilliant.”

While most of the shapers have moved on, Southern Man still sells Vern Jackson surfboards made by the Lake Tabourie local.

Surfboard styles and shapes have changed a lot over the years, with many surfers now owning a selection of boards, from longboards to short, fast models.