For many years I chased the swell and spend as much time as possible in the water. I was lucky to be picked up by Hardcore surf, for whom I did repairs and in return, I got to ride their boards. Seeing so many boards, taught me a lot and I got a good understanding of what type of boards were working best for me. I had already shaped some boards previously and I started to pay close attention to the design of all types of boards.
At that time HC Surfboards was fast becoming an up and coming shaper/designer and so when he offered me a job, I seized the opportunity. I ended up working at HC surfboards for over 6 years, where I learned the fine details of sanding, laminating and repairing surfboards. I was really inspired by Hayden's shaping and his approach to design and wanted to improve on shaping myself. Therefore, I asked Hayden what was the best way to improve on my skills to which he replied 'learn hand-shaping'.
Vaughan, of VB surfboards, was so kind to let me watch him and teach me hand-shaping and I was so impressed by Vaughan, who planes a blank so quickly and accurately, that it set my path clearly of how I wanted to shape surfboards myself. This inspired me to continue making boards under my own label. GHS Designs was born. First, as a way to build the perfect board for myself, which quickly turned into shaping boards for my mates.
Over the last few years, GHS Designs has grown; models have developed and refined, constructions were created and improved upon. This is a process that will never end. I may spend a little less time in the ocean, but that's ok, I am creating boards that I love and I am incredibly stoked to shape boards for everyone.