One of the leading surfboard shapers in the world has been passing on his expert advice to Newquay’s next generation of industry experts.
Students from the Surf Science & Technology foundation degree at Cornwall College Newquay were treated to a workshop with master shaper Darren Handley on a recent visit to Cornwall from his native Australia.
Darren is the owner and founder of DHD Surfboards and has made the boards behind 10 world titles. During the board clinic, held at Down the Line Surf Shop, the students got the rare opportunity to pick Darren’s mind on their board issues face-to-face.
Eighteen-year-old student Marcus Reynolds relocated from France to study the Surf Science course at Cornwall College.
“Meeting Darren was a really cool experience, it was kind of intimidating at the beginning but he’s a really nice guy and he really liked our course,” he explained.
“He also gave us loads of advice for our board shaping module and it was really helpful to get to see the way he thinks about surfing and the future of the sport with the development of the boards.
“I have already learnt so many interesting things on this course I never would’ve learned elsewhere, for me it’s the best course in the world.”
Programme Manager Chris Selvey from Cornwall College Newquay described it as a “genuine thrill” to take the students to meet the shaping legend.
“It’s not often a world renowned legend in the surfboard shaping industry visits our county,” he continued.
“Darren was extremely positive regarding the Surf Science & Technology course and was very happy to talk about and give advice on all aspects of the industry from health and fitness, performance psychology and of course his forte, CAD and surfboard shaping.”
One of the modules on the foundation degree course is to design and produce their own surfboard, and one of the many progression routes that graduates go on to is to become shapers.
“Darren gave the students advice on the boards they will soon start to design, for their Production Methods module, and when this advice comes from someone who has shaped boards for world champions such as Australian surfers Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore its advice well worth listening too,” Chris added.
For more information on the range of Surf Science, Marine Sport Science and Marine Conservation courses available at Cornwall College Newquay visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523