THE SHAPER'S CORNER
Born on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia Flanagan’s ocean career kicked in at a very young age via his dad Patrick Flanagan - a major influence in the local surfing community at Crescent Head through the 70’s – the golden age of surfing. Dad was an owner of the iconic surf shop - Down To Earth. And by default Flanagan Junior’s life was all about hanging with the best surfers and shapers of that era. He played in surfboard factories and consumed beach life from sunrise to sunset. Infectious.
Flanagan’s shaping career evolved from thousands of hard earned waves on the point, countless trips around the globe, while studying the finer art of surfboard performance and what it takes to make a board magic.
By living immersed in highly competitive zones such as Burleigh Heads, Lennox Head, Sydney's Northern and Southern beach's, and the South West of France, Flanagan climbed the ladder to stand tall among Australia’s most respected board designers and shapers.
His Brand - Flanagan Surfboards – has been chosen by Legends Tom Curren, WSL professionals Trent Munro Chris Ward Danny Wills Micheal Cambell Michel Bourez, Adam Melling, Owen Wright,Soli Bailey and more, Big Wave and Free surfers Anthony Walsh, Indar Unane and a long list of WQS surfers National champs, Grommets and Pleasure seekers from Australasia to the USA to Europe and though Asia.
Flanagan is a clients man, thriving on customization – always with progression in mind, be it beginners or Pro’s. He designs boards for varied conditions - personalized to enhance a surfers needs.
Matt has been dedicated to the world of surfing for fourteen years, both in his professional life, as well as in his playful life. He also dedicated some years to high level competition, giving him the necessary experience for the construction of models of boards that connect with the Surfer
He has compiled his current experience working with the best shapers in the world in Australia, California or Hawaii. He began repairing boards at Ocean Magics in England as a summer job and that aroused his interest in the construction of boards.
After spending some years in the competition, he devoted himself full time to his work at Ocean Magics, going through all the specialties of a workshop: shaping, glassing, shading, polishing, etc.
Soon he traveled to Australia and worked with Greg Brown at the Gash workshop in Victoria where he met shapers such as Guntter Rohn, Brian Ingham, Tony Cerff and Gleghorn. Back in Europe he worked with Stephen Bell. from Quiksilver surfboards and from here I pass to Pukas in 1998, where he stayed for five years.
When he finished his stay in Pukas he set up his own factory in England, "Factory52", where he worked for Rusty, Billabong, Lost, Quiksilver and other local brands.
When they finish their contracts with these brands, they accept the job offer of SINGLE FINS FACTORY and start to make models for SOUL surfboards and settle in Seville in January 2008.
Simon Anderson (Born July 7, 1954) Australian, surfer, surfboard shaper, and writer. He is credited with the invention in 1980 of the 3 keels on surfboards, called "thruster" which remains the industry standard.
In October 1980, Anderson got the idea and went on tour with him in Hawaii and California. When he returned to Sydney, he made two boards with similar designs with which he won the Bells Beach Classic again in 1981. The history of surfing changed, with polyurethane foam and the thruster design that became the most popular design For surfboards in the next 30 years.
Anderson retired from professional surfboarding in the mid-1980s and never tried to profit commercially by patenting his invention. Anderson said: "There were a lot of people at that time who were working toward the same ultimate goal I'm just a lucky one willing to contribute."
In November 2000, Anderson was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his services for the design of surfboards.
In August 2010 Anderson was honored at the San Diego California Expo. In 2011, Anderson published his autobiography titled Thruster: The Story of Simon Anderson and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of surfers.
Nearly four decades later, ninety percent of us who surf will do so on a board that is the direct descendant of Anderson.
Founder of MATT PENN DESIGNS, Matt started out in a modest little factory on his own in the back streets of Dee Why at the tender age of 19yrs old trying to make a name for him self in the surfboard business. Whilst doing a host of ding repairs and amongst a few custom orders under his first company EPIC SURFBOARDS. MP was quietly building a reputation of someone with skills.
Following next with a move on to Mona Vale where he team up with a company called the Laminator where he had the opportunity to learn his craft from some of the best shapers around on the northern beaches at that time also honing his skills in all processes of surfboard manufacture becoming one of there main glassers and also building a relationship with Greg Webber and as a result became head production shaper for webber surfboards.
Then years later being approached by ONBOARD INDUSTRIES to be a part of INSIGHT SURFBOARDS where he quickly formed a relationship with world tour surfer Kai Otton which lasted several years where they collaborated together with some great results taking down some big names along the way on Matt’s creations and as a result other touring pro surfers soon followed suit.
Now after nearly two decades of surfboard building under his belt MATT PENN DESIGNS has come full circle offering a full variety of designs for the modern generation as reflected in the range.
MP prides himself on superior quality delivered only from the kind of experience gained from working meticulously on every aspect of the board building process, which goes into every Matt Penn Designed surfboard.
From pro to Joe there is a board there to suit any skill level which MP has dedicated his working life to deliver under the feet of surfers world wide which continues to push his skill and passion to build boards that are at the cutting edge of design.