Carving out a new career

WITH a bit of glue, skill and patience, Clarence Valley carpenter Tyron Morgan has brought a whole new meaning to the word driftwood.

Having surfed regularly at Minnie Water and Wooli since he was a teenager, the 28-year-old thought it was about time to have a crack at making his own board and started looking at YouTube tutorials.

When he came across one on how to make wooden surfboards, he realised it married his profession and passion perfectly.

"When I watched it, I just thought I could do it and now I'm addicted to it," he laughed.

So far he has made four boards of varying lengths, with one up for sale at $1200.

But the surfboard shaper has bigger plans for the future - next week he will finish at his carpentry job to dedicate more time to turn his hobby into a business.

In trying to keep the design environmentally friendly, Mr Morgan's boards are constructed mostly from Paulownia wood grown at Glenreagh, and finished with an epoxy resin and bamboo fins.

And while they are about a kilo heavier than the standard foam and fibreglass composition, Mr Morgan said the extra weight made for a much smoother ride.

"With my surfing ability I can't fault them, and I think for about 95% of surfers it would be the same. They'd pick it up and think it's heavy but performs no different, apart from the fact they are a bit more stable.

"I get a lot of people when I'm out there asking about it all the time. They're just different to what you normally see."

Mr Morgan's handmade surfboards can be found on Facebook and Instagram under Morgan Wood Surfboards.

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