Date: June 9, 2016
Shogun Surfing now has a special promotional offer:
Post a photo with our product, tag us and like us on Facebook @ShogunSurfing and receive $30 off on any board purchases, select from our fantastic range of surfboards and stand up paddle boards.
Offer ends 9/12/2016.Conditions apply.
Date: May 23, 2016
At Shogun Surfing, we pay great attention to details to not only the technical aspects of our surfboards or stand up paddleboards, such as the rocker, volume, profile and durability, but also the treatment of the graphics/ design of the boards.
Take our handmade surfboards for an example, we design our own graphics and commission artists to materialise our designs, each design is meticulously hand drawn and transferred to digital imagery before placing onto our boards. Looking from afar, they are pieces of eye catching surfboards, and up close it can be appreciated like a masterpiece of painting, each brush stroke can be clearly seen through the transparent layers of fiberglass. It is fair to say that our surfboards are pieces of surfable art.
With our handcrafted Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), instead of the plastic veneer with bamboo pattern printed on it, we have lavishly used full length real bamboo inlays both on deck and bottom of the boards. The natural wood grains of the bamboo is not only visually pleasing, it makes the boards lighter and also adds to the strength and durability of the boards. This requires concentration and steady hands to painstakingly secure the bamboo strips onto the boards before sealing in with fiberglass for added strength and protection against the elements.
Bright colours are used on the rail and for the traction pad. In our current range, the traction pad is a two toned design with 2 contrasting colours, this again requires detailed work as the two different colours of traction pads are cut to intricate shapes and patched together, it is extremely demanding as the shapes of the pads must match our design accurately and the diamond pattern of the pad needs to be aligned precisely.
Although details like this may be easily replaced by spray painting one single piece of traction pad, but we have decided to demonstrate our attention to details through even the slightest differences in the finishing touches.
Date: May 10, 2016
At Shogun Surfing, we regard each surfboard as a piece of artwork, not only because of the craftsmanship involved in creating surfboards with the shapes and curves to achieve optimum profile, but also with the graphic design on the boards.
We believe that a surfboard is also an extension of a surfer’s individuality, therefore when creating surfboards, in addition to considering the durability and functionality of the boards, we also take great care in creating the artwork.
We commission artists to create unique graphics to be placed on our surfboards, they are original, stylish and fun!
Each design was created from scratch, ie, putting pencil to paper. Starting from the inception of ideas for the imagery, and process of elimination and selection, through lengthy discussion and numerous alteration right down to the shade of colour and curvature of lines, was then the design finalised. All our surfboards and SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards) excluding the Hammer series SUP’s are hand made.
The photos here demonstrate the original sketch of one of Shogun Surfing surfboards, along with some designs and colour schemes that were rejected during discussion and market research, and also the final products resulting from the design.
The original sketch of Shogun Surfing Samurai Series surfboards.
The original sketch of a proposed version for the Samurai Series.
Final design of the Samurai Series surfboards.
Contemplating the colour scheme.
Trial colour scheme, rejected.
Trial colour scheme, rejected.
Final Products: Shogun Surfing – Samurai series Surfboards.
Shogun Surfing – 7’6″ Fun/ MiniMal Surfboard – Samurai
Shogun Surfing – 7’2″ Fun/ MiniMal Surfboard – Samurai
Shogun Surfing – 6’8″ Fun/ MiniMal Surfboard – Samurai
Date: April 28, 2016
Shogun Surfing is an Australian company, and all of our surfboards and SUP’s (or Stand Up Paddleboards) are designed in Australia. We have handmade boards to meet individual needs, catered for skill levels from beginner to advanced, and suitable for a whole variety of surf conditions. Although Shogun Surfing is an online surf shop, we also have a warehouse located in Sydney and is open to the general public. However it is always a good idea to call ahead before your visit, making sure our friendly staff attend the warehouse and prepare the appropriate products for your visit.
In light of the recent global surfboard and surfing related industries, surfers seem to have an abundant selection of surfboards to choose from, however, apart from the technical aspects, such as the material used, volume, rocker and bottom curvature, shape of the tail, etc., which rightfully have the utmost importance in surfing and we take great care in determining the best combination of those factors to deliver performance and durability. However, at Shogun Surfing we feel that there is still some element lacking …..
The inspiration of designing our own boards comes from the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, colourful skateboards flying all over the skating rink, and the creative mural wall attracting locals and visitors alike, in contrast, surfboards on the beach seem to be less eye catching as the idea of a surfboard seem to be just a functional piece of sporting equipment and nothing more.
In addition to the performance of the board, surfers should be able to choose a board that would also express their individuality. With this thought in mind, Shogun Surfing commissions artists to interpret our designs we aspire to, we want our designs to stand out from the rest, painting the boards with interesting graphics and bright colours.
Although faced with the competition from retail stores, major brand boards, such as Quiksilver, Channel Island and Firewire, second hand boards and factory direct dealers, we still believe that surfers deserve more options, and we are here to offer hand crafted surfboards that perform under various surf conditions and suitable for different skill levels including beginner at a very competitive price.
There are also individual shapers making custom boards, which is almost a lost art, and we admire the time and effort they put into in producing even a single board. In comparison, Shogun Surfing does not mass produce, instead produce a limited number of boards on each design. With the exception of our Hammer series SUP’s, which aremoulded acrylic/epoxy boards, all our surfboards and Sup’s are 100% handmade except for the CNC precision shaped EPS core. It is a constant act of balance to consider cost and performance, we strive to deliver performance and style at affordable prices, therefore limited production is the most viable option.
If you are in the market fora board that performs well and looks good, Shogun Surfing surfboards or Stand Up Paddleboards would be a great option for you!