Ralph Riddle, like all shapers, is an artist. However, his art isn’t meant to shred waves. You could say that if Salvador Dali painted melting surfboards instead of clocks, they’d be best friends. Riddle has taken the concept of hanging your board on the wall, and molded it into a new level of art and shaping. All eight of the limited edition pieces in Riddle’s collection are handmade. Ralph is a local Coolangatta legend, from 60’s inspired logs to 5’+ single fins, each board is hand shaped from nose to tail.
“One day, we got talking about this idea he had to make crazy looking boards that could be wall art,” said friend, Chris Proud. “They would resemble surfboards but look interestingly enough to be mounted on the wall. So off we went to his factory and he started making them. From creating glass flippers to bending blanks, watching Ralph produce these things was amazing. He truely is a master shaper.”
These boards are a limited edition series that take about ten times as long to craft as a typical surfboard.
“The one thing you know when you buy one, is you are getting a one-of-a-kind,” said Proud. “There is no one else who’s brain could work like Ralph’s. Over 40 years of surfing and shaping experience can’t be taught.”