mARCUS HYETT

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HYDRO THEORY SURFBOARDS.

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SHAPING FOR 6 YEARS.

The majority of the boards I am making are around the 6ft mark, either high performance short boards and a lot of step down fun boards. Growing up I always rode a short board and so did all my mates so this was what I was predominantly shaping when I began. I also had a quad fin fish that I had won shape by Eiji Shiomoto that I rode a lot in the years leading up to beginning shaping which was one of the first boards I attempted to recreate. It really sent me down a rabbit hole of small quad fin fun boards, and then twin fins when they came back into popularity.

The step down fun boards are all about exactly that, fun! It’s hard to have a bad surf on one, and they are what I usually ride. They’re flat and fast and have a bit more volume but with the right curves and fin positions you can make them turn like a short board and actually hold in fairly large surf. I don’t like to pigeon hole myself though, I pride myself on being able to make any surfboard you can come up with, my website currently has 13 models and this is mainly due to the fact that I like to surf a lot of different stuff.

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LOCATION: TORQUAY.

5’10 quad fin chambered Paulownia timber fish.

SUNK AT WINKIPOP.

Every board I offer has been designed, tested and refined my myself purely to cater to my needs and desire to try everything and have a board for all types of conditions. Fortunately they have also appealed to others. The exception to this is the tow boards and guns which have been friends hell bent on riding big waves.

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I taught myself to physically shape a surfboard at home on my own and had shaped 5, I still think, fairly respectable surfboards before I came into contact with Maurice Cole. He needed a sander and I needed help. I spent the next 4 years with him building his boards and learning to hand shape under his watchful eye. Not how to physically shape and how to use tools, but how to look at a board, and the complex relationships between curves as well as a lot of theory on hydrodynamics
— MARCUS HYETT
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