Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Snow Sharks

Corduroy Lines

Empire Surfboards feature in the printed Autumn issue of Corduroy Lines.
Thanks to Simon for supporting UK surfing and for a great read.
if you don't already have it, you can pick up a copy here.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Second hand Mode for Sale!

9'3" Mode £380

9'3" x 22 1/2 x 2 3/4

Alexa is selling her Mode. this is a beautiful, functional board with a full resin tint, gloss polish and glassed in flex fin. the board is in excellent condition with only minor deck compressions. The Mode represents a modern evolution of a traditional noserider. This very maneuverable board with it's light and narrow nose turns quickly from the tail to keep you positioned in the pocket. It excels in knee to shoulder high surf, A light nose concave and kicked up tail provides lift and suction while the single fin and soft rails stop the board from drifting while you are perched on the nose. With pivotal turning, swift paddling and good stability on the nose this board is an essential addition to your quiver. this is a unique opportunity to grab a fantastic board at a bargain price.

you can either buy it through the shop here, drop me an e-mail or message Alexa direct here

any questions, just ask.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Fresh from the glassing room

5'10" Resin tinted Lumus with handmade bamboo fins for James in Guernsey

Thursday, 4 November 2010


6'2" Diablo quad for Nick Radford


nabbed this from Dave at http://www.surfhog.com
i imagine that every shaper has had this conversation or something similar.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The origins of a design

Raspberry and Sky Blue Lumus with bamboo fins for Joe

After much deliberation i have finally settled on a name for the four finned Bonzer “The Lumus”.
The Lumus represents a collection of ideas and inspiration that extend far beyond my own work.
My role as a shaper is to blend all of these ideas into a shape that has the performance characteristics that best suit how I want to ride. The result is the Lumus which although surfing is a subjective experience, is the most exciting board that I have ridden.
The Lumus is hyper drive fast generating speed from nowhere. With a bonzers precise control and drive it will carve big arcing turns with no loss of speed. It flies in the mush planing over the flat sections but still feels positive and comfortable in hollow powerful surf. If i had just one board in my quiver this would be it. i have never ridden any wide tailed board that will drive off the bottom as well as this. You can really commit, lean on it hard and push though the turn as the rail and fins take the load and keep biting, turning all of that energy into speed and distance. The Lumus really excels at fast, powerful, carving surfing across a wide range of conditions. it feels responsive but not twitchy and i find that lines that it draws perfectly suited to my style of surfing.
if you have any questions or comments please give me a shout.