Angourie board for champ Carroll
THE next time former world champion surfer Tom Carroll steps out in a masters competition, there is every chance he'll be riding a custom-made board designed and built by Angourie's Mark Pridmore.
Mark recently ran into the former two-times world champion when Carroll stopped in for a surf at Angourie.
“I was about to paddle out as he was coming in and I started up a conversation with him,” Mark said.
“We got talking about new designs and he asked me if he could see some of my boards.
“I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that and the wash up is I sent him off a new board over the weekend.”
Adding a special touch is the fact that Mark's son, Cain, produced the artwork for the board.
After more than 21 years, on and off, in the board-shaping business, Mark has recently opened a small shop at Angourie.
Having Tom Carroll ride one of his boards is a marketing coup for Mark, especially if Carroll can notch up yet another trophy.