BANJO HARFIELD

BANJO SURFBOARDS | @BANJO_SURFBOARDS

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BANJO SURFBOARDS.

25.

5 YEARS SHAPING.

“I don’t really know what inspired me, probably just the feeling you get when you do a cutty! My Dad got my brother Gus and I into surfing when we were 11 or 12, and used to take us and our mates surfing all over the Surf Coast of Victoria in his bus. The Gus Bus. Gus and I surfed Ocean Grove and 13th Beach every day before or after school, and we were quite competitive against each other. Looking back, Gus definitely inspired me.”  

“Ken Reimers’ (KR’s) history and ability, both in the factory and in the surf, inspire the hell out of me because he’s just so good at everything he does - working, surfing, fishing. Everything! Growing up around the factory, Fordy has been a huge inspiration as well because he tears the back legs out of every wave he gets, and he’s hands down the friendliest bloke I have ever met.”

MADE IN OCEAN GROVE

the first “magic” board

6’2” x 18 ½” x 2 3/8” swallow tail

“If someone comes to me for a craft, they’ll get one of my own boards. I’ve never made a board to please anyone but myself, and I intend on keeping it that way. I don’t see my label as a business, rather it’s an extremely stimulating hobby which enables me to go surfing more often. All of my designs and ideas come from feelings I get out of riding my boards, and relating what I want to feel into the next design. The same goes for customers.”

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A wave pool seems like the ultimate testing ground, I’m sure it’s the same for every shaper. It may not resemble or feel exactly like the ocean, but the chance to ride a perfect wave over and over, to practice and repeat the same manoeuvers, and feel what a board’s doing, would rapidly help me advance my shapes and the materials I use. I think URBNSURF will be hell fun, and lead to making better surfboards, therefore I would most certainly, 200%, be down to surf it!
— BANJO HARFIELD
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