Mat Manners is a name synonymous with surfing in Margaret River. Young or old every keen surfer has seen the crown of his logo on boards in every lineup. We recently caught up with Matt in his shaping factory to find out a little more about where this stalwart of the surfing community came from.
After a childhood of down south trips Mat’s natural progression led him to a life revolved around surfing. At age 16 he was fixing boards at one of WA’s original surfing institutions, Murray Smith Surf Shop in Scarborough. It only took a year of keen apprenticeship before Mat started shaping his own boards and spending equal time in the states South West, experiencing world class, uncrowded waves.
Decades later a brand recognizable around the world is still being perfected right here in Margaret River. Like any craft, shaping surfboards has taken massive technological leaps in recent years and rather than taking away from the artisanal nature Mat has utilized it to make more and more deliberate adjustments in his boards.
This finesse and understanding that a craft is never truly mastered see Matconsistently at the forefront of modern shaping; with some of the most radically barreled locals, Dino Adrian, Rohan Annesley and son Shaun Manners riding his shapes, it’s plain to see they work. Amazingly. Mat's in-house, top of the range shaping machine allows him to perfect and modify the smallest of changes in each tried and tested model with your specific surfboard dimensions recorded online for when you return to order a new stick.